Chocolate Panettone

Every year at Christmas time I buy an Italian Panettone. If you don’t know what a Panettone is, it’s a sweet bread that originated from Milan, that’s traditionally served at Christmas time. Usually it’s studded with candied fruits or raisins, but sometimes you can find one studded with chocolate chunks. Panettone has sort of become … More Chocolate Panettone

Red Wine Pear Tart

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year with those you hold near and dear. Our Thanksgiving was held at my sister’s house. Since she was making the turkey and stuffing, it was the responsibility of the rest of us to bring extra sides and desserts. I decided to make a few pies … More Red Wine Pear Tart

Chorizo, Black Bean, and Kabocha Squash Chili with Pumpkin Cornbread

Living here in Southern California, it doesn’t really get that cold (of course unless you live in the nearby mountains), but the weather has been cooling and it’s definitely starting to feel like fall (well, at least for us). Fall weather and the pending holidays always makes me think of comfort food. That’s where this … More Chorizo, Black Bean, and Kabocha Squash Chili with Pumpkin Cornbread

Making Ricotta

I love Italian cheeses. Mozzarella, ricotta, mascarpone…. That’s one of the reasons I have decided to master making each one on my own. You can’t beat fresh cheese. Ricotta and mascarpone are the easiest two to make. I always make my own mascarpone whenever I make tiramisu. So, why not make my own ricotta for … More Making Ricotta