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Pollo alla Milanese Vestito (Breaded Chicken Cutlets)

Pollo alla Milanese vestitoSorry for more Italian but I’ve been on a roll lately and couldn’t resist making Pollo alla Milanese this week.  Cheryl’s been swamped at work and this is one of her favorites.  It’s also her birthday week so I thought this would be a nice weeknight dinner to prepare for her.  That and pollo alla Milanese is simple, simple, simple to make.  And what do we know about simple things in life?  They’re usually pretty damn tasty and this is no exception. (more…)

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Panettone Bread Pudding: Using the Custard Ratio

Panettone bread pudding with creme anglaise

Panettone bread pudding with creme anglaise

One last post for 2013.  Here’s a dessert which has become kind of a tradition for our Christmas Eve dinner: panettone bread pudding.  This Italian Christmas loaf makes a superb bread pudding since it’s already sweetened and is chock full of raisins and other fruit.  It’s usually the last bit of holiday baking I do and the custard ratio makes this quick dessert a snap. (more…)

A Twist on Fruit Cake: Pan del Marinaio (Sailor’s bread)

Pan del marinaio1 Fruit cakes are synonymous with Christmas and ever since my mom sent me Carol Field’s ‘The Italian Baker’ I’ve had my eye on the ‘festive’ breads section.  There are a number of recipes for holiday sweet breads in it, including…fruit breads.  While thumbing through it the other day I came across a fruit filled bread recipe from Genoa: pan del marinaio, or sailor’s bread.  I don’t think it is particularly a Christmas bread but it looked to be a nice twist on the traditional fruit cake. (more…)

Christmas Cookie: Lemon Squares

Lemon SquaresThere is not much time left to get your Christmas baking in.  I’ve been churning out my regulars this week but I wanted to add a new one to the rotation: lemon squares.  They are pretty popular any time of the year but I think they’re great around Christmas since they are a bit lighter than my normal Christmas cookies.  Lemon squares also provide a nice citrusy contrast to all of the chocolate and gingerbread cookies you’ll find on most cookie platters.  I brought some to the office the other day and received a lot of nice compliments on them! (more…)

Happy Thanksgiving! One Last Bite, Homemade Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving

Pumpkin Pie for ThanksgivingHappy Thanksgiving!  Pumpkin pie has always been my favorite Thanksgiving dessert, ever since I was a little kid.  As I was making this the other day I was reminded how quickly pumpkin pie can be put together.  The dough takes about 2 minutes to make and 20 to chill.  In that amount of time you can have the filling all prepared and still have time for a cup of coffee.  I know a lot of people buy pies but there’s nothing like baking your own. (more…)

Garden Fresh Zucchini Bread

Zucchini BreadI hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing Labor Day weekend.  Fall is right around the corner and my vegetable garden is really producing right now.  I am amazed at how vegetables just decide to grow.  For what seems an eternity they just plod along and then all of a sudden it’s like a switch gets thrown and you’ve got fruit on the vines.  However, there’s only so much grilled zucchini and zucchini salads we can take though, so what’s left?  That good old stand-by: zucchini bread. (more…)

Ricotta Cake – What To Do With The Homemade Ricotta You Just Made

Ricotta Cheese CakeIf you saw last week’s post you know I made some homemade ricotta cheese.  It just so happened that immediately after making some there was a recipe in the Wall Street Journal’s weekend edition for a ricotta cheese cake.  Ricotta cheese cake (torta ricotta) can usually be found in Italian restaurants along with the tiramisu and panna cotta and is a nice alternative to those popular dolci.  Anyway, it was like the cooking gods took notice of my ricotta cheese making initiative and said “well done Peter, here’s a gift for you, make this ricotta cake with your fresh cheese.”  So I did. (more…)