Roman Stracciatella Soup

April 19, 2012

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Considered a “peasant food” in Italy, Stracciatella soup has been around for ages and originates from Rome. Stracciatella is simply an Italian version of egg drop soup. In this recipe, I made a few small modifications from the traditional recipes, including adding escarole and orzo to make it a full, albeit light, meal. It’s simple, comforting, and supremely simple to make. Enjoy! Read More…

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Yellow Madness

April 16, 2012

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Today I was strolling through Soho and came across 2 fierce yellow items that I just had to share. One, a stunning yellow patent leather handbag from British designer Mulberry, and the second a flowy, ladylike spring dress from Reiss. What these 2 British imports have in common is undeniable style and yes, the color yellow. I can picture Kim Kardashian racing around LA in this fabulous Bayswater that will truly take any ordinary outfit to the next level, and the dress is your new go-to for any day or night warm-weather occasion. Check out where to find them after the jump…  Read More…

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If you are looking for the perfect home-baked, bite-sized, sweet snack, you are in luck with these adorable Chocolate Chip Banana Bites. This is actually a Weight Watchers recipe that I tweaked and modified just a bit. Made in mini muffin pans, these banana bites are low in fat since they do not contain any oil or butter. The mashed ripe bananas provide moistness and bind the muffins together along with vanilla yogurt and oats for texture. The addition of mini chocolate chips makes you really feel like you are indulging, but without the guilt. Enjoy!  Read More…

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Happy Easter!

April 8, 2012

Wishing all a very Happy Easter!  I just baked this traditional Italian Easter pie and had to share. With layers of flaky, buttery phyllo surrounding a creamy ricotta center, flavored with fresh orange zest, vanilla and pine nuts.

Check out the recipe for this delicious pie here, courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis.

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Boneless Chicken Mole

April 3, 2012

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A Mexican favorite, mole sauce is an explosion of vibrant flavors and textures. I have always found the addition of chocolate into this savory recipe fascinating so I had to try it out? I wanted to keep the ingredients as traditional as possible, but use boneless, skinless chicken breasts to keep the fat and calories down. There are many different variations on mole, but I decided to do one based on chipotle peppers and adobo sauce because I love the smoky flavor. After sauteing and simmering all of the ingredients, the last step is the addition of dark chocolate – pure delight for a baker like myself! The chocolate thickens the sauce beautifully and is the perfect contrast to the savory peppers and onions. In the end, the sauce doesn’t taste chocolately at all because the flavors mend together beautifully. It turned out to be authentic Mexican feast full of flavor and spiciness – I hope you enjoy! Read More…

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I wasn’t looking to reinvent the cupcake – after all, it is perfect the way it is. But being cupcake-obsessed and someone who watches her calories, I had to bake something to satisfy both. I had a couple of things in mind when setting out to bake a healthier version of a cupcake today – first off, I wanted to incorporate plain Greek yogurt, because every time I substitute yogurt in my baking, it comes out spectacular. Secondly, Read More…

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A new Parisian chocolate store opened on the Lower East Side and I had to try it out. In a city full of endless cupcake bakeries and fro-yo shops, it is certainly refreshing to find a place solely devoted to the art of pure chocolate confections. This one comes to us from a true chocolate expert – Christian Vautier, the executive pastry chef at the Grand Intercontinetal Hotel in Paris. Mr. Vautier teamed up with Aditi Malhotra, a star French Culinary Institute grad with a long pedigree in epicurean excellence.  Read More…

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Post image for Crazy for Colomba! Italy’s Easter Delight

When I lived in Lugano, Swizterland, I would always look forward to the delicious pastries served during Eastertime – my favorite was Colomba, a sweet, spongy, eggy Easter bread in the shape of a dove. The cake-like bread is soft, buttery, moist, sweet and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. I hadn’t had it since living in Europe, so I was truly delighted while stopping into Dean & Deluca for lunch yesterday to find imported Colomba cakes for sale straight from Italy!

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Every spring I seek out one perfect pair of splurge-worth sandals for the much-awaited summer season. The criteria? They have to be flat, of course, for all of the endless stomping around NYC’s crowded streets, and of course utterly chic, stylish and spot-on trend. I’ve found my top five picks below to suit every taste – what style are you?! Read More…

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If you are looking for a hearty muffin without all the fat (or in this case, ANY fat!), then give these made-over Raisin Bran Muffins a try. Check out the recipe below – I hope you enjoy!  Read More…

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