Vanilla Gelato – Guest Post with Karen’s Kitchen Stories #FoodMemory

April 23, 2014
Vanilla Gelato | Cake Duchess

It’s been so wonderful to share these #FoodMemory stories with my readers. Each friend that has participated is talented in so many different ways. We all share a common bond that is a love of food. It’s been incredible reading the stories that have been shared with me for this #FoodMemory series. Losing my father […]

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Torta Pasqualina {Italian Easter Pie}

April 21, 2014
Torta Pasqualina | Cake Duchess

I enjoy baking for the holidays. Christmas is the holiday for which I bake the most. But Easter comes in a close second! I love to bake typical Italian breads and pies. The kids help me out and it is a big mess in my kitchen. I’m not complaining. I wouldn’t have it any other […]

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Banana Pear Bread with Dark Chocolate Chips

April 14, 2014
Banana Pear Bread with Dark Chocolate Chips|  Cake Duchess

It is Easter week and we are getting prepared to bake incredible Easter breads and Italian desserts. I love to bake layers cakes, yeast bread recipes and pies. Especially special breads and pies for the holidays. For the rest of the days when I’m craving a not too sweet dessert, you will find me baking […]

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Black and White Sunday-Taormina, Sicily

April 13, 2014
Taormina, Sicily | Cake Duchess
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Orange Poppy-Seed Cake- {Ciambella ai Semi di Papavero all’Arancia}

April 7, 2014

Way back when I didn’t know any thing about food blogs, I used to only refer to my cooking magazines for inspiration and ideas. This orange poppy-seed cake is one of those early recipes that was just a staple in my kitchen. I normally made the lemon version. It just had this tangy sweetness that […]

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Black and White Sunday – Bellagio, Italy

April 6, 2014
Bellagio, Italy | Cake Duchess
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Judy Witts Francini and the flavors of Sicily!

April 5, 2014
Judy Witts Francini | Savoring Italy

Many of my readers know that my father was Sicilian and my heart has a very special place for Sicily! How incredibly lucky was I to have an opportunity to chat not only once but twice with my dear friend Judy Witts Francini while she was recently traveling around Sicily.   In our two podcasts, […]

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A Day with a Calabrian Butcher

April 3, 2014
A Day with a Calabrian Butcher | Savoring Italy

It’s not often that I hear my husband talk about somebody from Calabria that makes his own sausages here in south Florida. It’s a rare occasion to hear of a sausage maker from anywhere around here, really. Fabrizio was recently telling me about his new friend that he met through his chef Andrea at the […]

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Sicilian Orange Sweet Bread -Pane di Pasqua #TwelveLoaves

April 1, 2014
Sicilian orange sweet bread | Cake Duchess

When another challenge for #TwelveLoaves comes around, I’m always a little nervous. Maybe not nervous, but sort of anxious. I sometimes think I know exactly what to bake and it involves yeast. I also sometimes think I’m really going to go the much easier route and do a non-yeast bread. I am in love with […]

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Savoring Italy – For the Love of Italy!

March 6, 2014
Roma | Savoring Italy

Many of my readers know I’m obsessed with everything Italian. My father was Italian (Sicilian, to be exact), my husband is Italian (born near Como). I’ve lived all over Italy. We spend summers there. The food is outrageous. The people are amazing. The art…the history. Well, there is too much to talk about in this […]

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