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Stone Fruit Cobbler

Summer may be ending but she's leaving us with some of her best produce! Stone fruits, peaches, plums, nectarines, etc - are in season and they make the BEST desserts! In this cobbler I use a mix of some of my favorites to create a simple fruit based dessert that isn't loaded with sugar! A bit of vanilla extract helps the fruits' flavor shine and those biscuits are perfect for soaking up all the juices! Top with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream!

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American Pie

Check out my version of "American Pie"! The red, white & blue are deliciously proud in this peach berry pie! It's super easy to make and perfect for the 4th of July!

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Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Check out how fun and EASY it is to make fresh ricotta cheese at home! A few simple ingredients yields the most delicious, fresh ricotta! This is my go-to ricotta cheese recipe!

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Chia Seed Pudding

Watch how easy it is to make chia seed pudding! This simple combination of 3 basic ingredients makes the best chia seed pudding! I make mine with almond milk but you can use whatever milk you use at home! Plus, find out what it is about these little seeds that has them referred to as a super food!

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Rose Panna Cotta

Check out how easy it is to make panna cotta at home. This classic Italian dessert is perfect for Mother's Day (or any time!). I've dyed mine a pretty pink and flavored it with rose water to really have it compliment Mom (and a great Mother's Day brunch!)

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Basil Balsamic Strawberries

This easy, no bake dessert is perfect for Spring time! Strawberries are some of the first berries to come into season and they are LOADED with antioxidants and Vitamin C to help fight late season colds and allergies! And when topped with some fresh basil and a drizzle of homemade balsamic reduction - wow! You can't go wrong! Serve them alone, over ice cream, pound cake or angel food cake!

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Homemade Marshmallows w/ Chef Risa Boyer

Chef Risa Boyer is my special guest in the Cucina this week! Full disclosure, she's a lifelong friend and I was SO excited to watch her open her restaurant Vanillamore in Montclair NJ with her signature vanilla bean marshmallows! She was gracious enough to share that recipe with us today! And what's better for Valentine's Day than homemade sweets!?

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Snowball Cookies

I'm gearing up for Christmas and sharing one of my FAVORITE cookie recipes with you! These snowball cookies (also called Mexican Wedding Cookies, among other names) are SUPER simple and SO delicious! This is a great recipe for to make with kids too! Who doesn't love rolling balls of dough and then tossing them in a big bowl of sugar!?

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Poached Pears

This elegant dessert has a secret - it’s SUPER easy to make! You can make it in advance OR do it right in front of your dinner guests if you’d like to be extra fancy!

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Cider Doughnuts

Cider doughnuts are one of my FAVORITE Fall foods! And while I love grabbing them fresh and hot from a farm after picking apples and pumpkins...I can't be there every day! So I figured out how to make donuts at home!

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Applesauce

Overdid it with the apple picking? Not to worry! Here's a quick, easy, sugar free recipe to preserve all that Fall bounty! Homemade applesauce is great with roast meats, in baked goods and even all on its own!!

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Grilled Peaches

This simple summer dessert keeps everything outside on the grill! These are VERY easy to make and make a great presentation for guests! Serve them up with something sweet and cool - like whipped cream, ice cream or even some whipped ricotta!

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Tiramisu

This is NOT what Americans know as tiramisu. It's not cake, and it's not purely whipped cream - hell it's not even cooked eggs! (you'll be fine) This is an amazing recipe that turns out delicious and is fun and easy to make! Just make sure you get the right cookies! (The Italians were really insistent on the Pavesini) Snag those at the link in the recipe.

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Cantucci

These mildly sweet Italian biscuits pair perfectly with the classic Tuscan digestif, Vinsanto! Not only is the liquor IN the cookies, you dunk them in it as well! If vinsanto's not for you, you can always nosh on these mildly sweet little cookies for breakfast and dunk them in your coffee instead. Thanks again to Certosa di Pontignano for the recipe (and cooking class!)

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Mahalabia (Mediterranean "Pudding" Dessert)

Mom asked me to figure out how to make a version of this dessert that we had enjoyed together while out to lunch one day. This is what I came up with! Doubles as a great breakfast to be honest. Protein packed Greek yogurt is flavored with vanilla and rose, then topped with bright berry compote, crunchy pistachios and sweet sesame candy! It's the perfect dish for Mother's Day!

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Strawberry Compote w/ Whipped Ricotta

This simple Springtime dish can go from breakfast or brunch all the way to dessert! Mildly sweet, rich and creamy, it's a delicious way to incorporate the first strawberries of Spring!! Try adding it to your next brunch!

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Grammy's Cream Puffs

Watch how to make my Grammy's cream puffs! The perfect dessert for this holiday weekend! Deliciously light and airy puffs, stuffed with traditional custard cream and topped with powdered sugar! The sweetest treat! 

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Pizza Grana (Wheat Pie)

Learn how to make this Italian tradition from Naples with Master Baker GianCarlo Pallazzone! He shares his family recipe (WITH secret ingredient!) and the history of the dish! It's all in this episode of Cara's Cucina!

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Stout Brownies

Beer + Brownies = It's how we celebrate St. Pat in the Cucina! This delicious recipe is a great way to incorporate Ireland's favorite export with their patron saint. Bake up a batch for your party!

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A Trifle Little Valentine

Super easy, semi-homemade, and the PERFECT Valentine's Day gift! These mini trifles are a great way to share love with everyone special from the kiddos, to parents, to spouses and friends! Make a bunch and give them away, or do a build your own party at home! Happy Valentine's Day!

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