Interrupting Our Regularly Scheduled Programming For…Halloween!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Child Party

I know that today is Sunday and I’m supposed to post a recipe for La Tavola della mia Famiglia.  But it’s also Halloween, and I couldn’t let the occasion pass without sharing a few spooktacular pumpkin recipes from the SGCC archives.

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Daring Bakers Make Piece Montee

Thursday, May 27, 201048 Comments

Why, oh why do these Daring Bakers challenges always sneak up on me? It happens every time!  I woke up at 4:00 this morning in the kind of cold sweat that could only mean that today was the “reveal date”.  And, I had nothing.  Absolutely nothing.  Again.  So, …

Orange Tiramisu

Tuesday, April 6, 201023 Comments

After I whined and carried on about the Tiramisu recipe in the February Daring Bakers challenge, I got several requests for my tried and true, old standby tiramisu recipe.  When Easter rolled around, I decided to make it and share it with you.  There was one problem, though.  …

Dominator Honey-Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta and Why I Love Facebook

Tuesday, March 16, 201052 Comments

I’ve thought about them so many times over the years.  Little girls in blue and grey, enveloped in giggles as they played hopscotch and double dutch in an asphalt covered schoolyard.  Little girls racing home after school to watch Barnabas Collins and Angelique face off on Dark Shadows.  …

Daring Bakers Make Tiramisu

Saturday, February 27, 201063 Comments

When I first learned that this month’s Daring Bakers challenge was Tiramisu, I thought “Woo Hoo!”.  At last, an easy one!  I’m Italian.  I can make tiramisu in my sleep!   Then I read something about making our own savoiardi, which are the “lady fingers” that act as the …

TWD: Raspberry Blanc-Manger

Tuesday, July 21, 2009105 Comments

I’ve heard it said, “If anything can go wrong, it will.”   And yesterday, it did!
I went to bed on Sunday night pleased with the fact that this week’s TWD selection was already made and resting comfortably in my fridge. All I needed to do was take some glamour …

TWD: Lemon Cup Custard

Tuesday, March 10, 200946 Comments

This week’s TWD recipe seems to have caused a lot of consternation among my baking colleagues. Many of them lamented that Dorie’s Lemon Cup Custard was just too “eggy”. I kind of don’t get that, because this recipe is for an egg custard, which by its …

TWD: Creme Brulee

Tuesday, September 30, 200855 Comments

When I saw that this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie selection was Creme Brulee, my heart did a little happy dance. I adore everything about creme brulee, from that first tapping of your spoon through its crispy, crackly, caramelized sugar crust, to that first heavenly mouthful of soft, …

TWD: Feels Like the First Time (Chocolate Pudding)

Tuesday, July 15, 200873 Comments

The first dessert I ever remember my mother making for me when I was a little girl was chocolate pudding. She used a packaged brand called My T Fine. With great anticipation, I’d watch as she measured out the milk into a pot, added the …

Seductive Strawberry-Banana Trifle

Friday, April 4, 200843 Comments


I swear, sometimes I wish I lived alone. I mean it. I really love my family, but it would be nice to be able to focus on a project once in a while without hands reaching over my shoulder or dirty glasses appearing out of nowhere in the …

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Hello and welcome to SGCC! I’m Susan, a professional writer, food columnist, recipe developer, wife, mother, daughter and sister, who used to be a lawyer in a previous life. My love of food comes from a long line of wonderful and creative Italian home cooks who didn’t always have a lot, but knew how to make a lot out of what they had. I hope that you enjoy yourself while you’re here, and visit often! read more >>

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