February 10th, 2017
Ayako Egawa wrote to us from Japan about how she makes chocolate ganache to celebrate Valentine’s Day. She shared her recipe with us below! "Valentine’s day is coming. I made chocolate ganache for my friends. Sweet chocolate makes them happy! :)" -Ayako Recipe for Chocolate Ganache Ingredients 70 grams Chocolate 50 ml Whipping Cream Sprinkles […]
December 22nd, 2016
Basler Brunsli are traditional chocolate almond cookies that are made for Christmas in Switzerland. They’re spiced up with cinnamon and cloves. In my recipe, I cut the normal amount of clove powder in half. You can double it if you like more spice. For the chocolate, I used Ghirardelli chocolate chips. Recipe for Basler Brunsli […]
December 21st, 2016
Christmas is almost here! Here’s a link to our favorite Christmas Recipes from around the World. Most are for dessert. Yummy! Enjoy! Mama Lisa
April 11th, 2016
The Portuguese first made contact with Japan in 1543. This started the Nanban Trade Period which extended several decades. During this time, the Portuguese introduced tempura and refined sugar to Japan. Sadao Mazuka wrote to me about some of these culinary influences… Konpeito (金平糖 = confeito [Portuguese] = comfit [English]); When I was young I […]
March 26th, 2016
Figolli are traditional Easter cookies from Malta. They’re typically made during the Lent season and given to family, friends and little ones on Easter. Figolli are similar to shortbread. They have an almond/marzipan filling and are finished off with colorful icing. Each figolla is decorated with a small candy Easter egg on top as a […]
February 10th, 2016
Coconut Macaroons are extremely easy to make! They’re a perfect little treat for holidays like Valentine’s Day. Dipping them in chocolate makes them extra special! Here’s the recipe… Recipe for Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons Ingredients 14 ounce bag of Sweetened Shredded Coconut 14 ounce can of Sweetened Condensed Milk 1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract 2 […]
January 29th, 2016
King’s Cake is traditionally served starting the Epiphany in January, when the Three Kings are thought to have visited the baby Jesus. They’re served through the Carnival season in the weeks leading up to Mardi Gras. Different versions of the Kings Cake are made in different countries. The version of King Cake from Louisiana (and […]
January 7th, 2016
Panettone is a traditional bread that’s served in Italy and many other countries for the holidays. Traditionally, it’s made over a 24+ hour time period. The long period yields a fluffy panettone bread. The recipe below is much quicker to make. It will yield a thicker bread but it’s still yummy! Traditionally, candied orange, lemon […]
December 31st, 2015
I made a Yule Log Cake (in French, Bûche de Noël) this year for dessert on Christmas! It was a yellow cake with custard inside and chocolate ganache icing on the outside. You can make one too! The Yule Log Cake (Bûche de Noël) is a traditional dessert that’s served for Christmas in France and […]
December 23rd, 2015
Zimtsterne literally translates from German to English as Cinnamon Stars. They’re Cinnamon Star Cookies These cookies are a specialty of Germany, Austria, Alsace (Region of France) and Switzerland. They’re made for Christmas and in Alsace, they’re part of the "bredele" Christmas cookie tradition. These are also made by German Jewish people for Yom Kippur. They […]
December 22nd, 2015
Bredele are Christmas cookies from the Alsace region of France. The word bredele is Alsatian in origin. Alsatian is a German dialect. The region of Alsace is on the border of Germany. It has switched hands between Germany and France four times since 1871. Yet "bredele" predates that, possibly going back as early as the […]
December 21st, 2015
There’s a type of cookie in France that’s specifically made for Christmas. It’s called Bredele and they’re from Alsace. Bredele are small, sweet biscuits. There are many varieties including anis bredele (recipe below), butterbredle (similar to sugar cookies but with the addition of eggs) and pain d’épices (gingerbread). I made anis bredele (Anise Bredele Cookies) […]
December 20th, 2015
A very popular type of Mexican Christmas Cookie is called Polvorones de almendra. It’s an Almond Shortbread. It you look at Mexican web sites, you’ll find many recipes for these cookies. They’re all similar. In the US, these cookies are called Mexican Wedding Cookies or Cakes. It may be an error because according to this […]
December 15th, 2015
It’s easy to make Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies! 1st make your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. 2nd Mold the cookie dough around a mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. 3rd Cook until golden brown. 4th Eat! Yum, yum, yum! My daughter made the same type of cookies but with Oreo Cookies inside. Kids […]
December 13th, 2015
Gingerbread Cookies are part of the December Holiday tradition. They’re made in Germany, England, the Netherlands, Australia, the U.S.A., and many other countries around the world. This delicious gingerbread cookie recipe replaces the molasses with honey, making it less intense and more pleasing for kids and adults alike. This also creates a soft gingerbread cookie. […]
December 8th, 2015
Food 52 has posted Recipes for 46 Cookies from Around the World. I think I’ll try to make the Buckwheat Thumbprint Cookies with Cherry Preserves from Russia and the Maltese Lemon Christmas Cookies. Please share your favorite cookie recipe with us either in the comments below or by email. Thanks! Happy Holidays! Mama Lisa
August 20th, 2015
Wow your kid for his or her birthday with this rainbow layer cake! It’s easy to make. Here’s how… (Below you can find quantities of food coloring to get the colors pictured here.) Recipe for Rainbow Layer Cake Ingredients 2 Boxes White Cake Mix (I used Pillsbury Classic White) Ingredients needed to make the cake […]
June 3rd, 2015
Wondering what to do with your overripe bananas? Need a quick dessert to make? This Baileys Banana Ice Cream Recipe uses just 3 ingredients, takes care of those ole bananas and it’s simple to make… Quick Recipe for Bailey’s Banana Ice Cream Freeze slices of bananas for about 2 hours. Put in food processor with […]
December 23rd, 2014
Jordan Almonds are given out as favors at weddings, bridal showers and baby showers in the US, France, Italy, Greece and the Middle East. It’s believed that the name for Jordan Almonds does not come from Jordan, but is a corruption of the French word "jardin" (garden) because these almonds were grown in gardens. Traditionally, […]
December 22nd, 2014
The Sugar-plum Tree is a sweet poem by Eugene Field. Sugar-plums are candy like Jordan Almonds. Other treats aside from almonds can be found inside the hard outer sugarcoating. You can read the poem below and listen along to the recording… MP3 Recording of The Sugar-plum Tree The Sugarplum Tree By Eugene Field Have you […]
December 21st, 2014
Sugarplums are associated with Christmas even though most people don’t really know what they are! They’re actually like Jordan Almonds – but not necessarily with almonds inside. Jordan almonds are almonds with several coatings of sugar. Sugarplums aren’t heard of much anymore outside of Christmas poems like, "T’was the Night Before Christmas" with the lines: […]
December 10th, 2014
Shirley Pitcher wrote to me from Australia about a family tradition, handed down from her great-grandmother who came from North Ireland, to eat Nettle Cake or Eccles Cake on New Year’s Eve. Here’s Shirley’s letter followed by a recipe I found for Eccles Cake: The Great-Grandma I remember – Her name was Rosa – she […]
December 4th, 2014
It’s almost the time of year when many of us will be preparing gingerbread houses with our families! We don’t often think of it but, of course, gingerbread houses are associated with the story of Hansel and Gretel. They’re lured into the home of the witch in the forest since it’s made of gingerbread and […]
November 25th, 2014
It’s easy to make Day of the Dead cookies! Simply buy a skull cookie cutter like this one. Make your favorite recipe for sugar cookies and cut out skull shapes. After they’ve been cooked and have cooled, put white icing on them. Finally, using a tube of black icing and make fancy features to create […]
November 11th, 2013
Saint Cecilia’s Day is on November 22nd. St. Cecilia is very popular in Italy because Cecilia is the patron saint of music, musicians and singers. Pettole of St. Cecelia are made on this day. Pettole come from southern Italy in the municipality of Ariano Irpino (Avellino) near Naples. Pettole are similar to zeppoles. They’re made […]
November 2nd, 2013
On the day of the Dead, "Beans of the Dead" (Fave dei morti) are eaten in the Veneto resion of Italy. They’re small cookies. Here’s a recipe recommended to me by Emanuela Marsura from Italy. I gave the measurements in grams and also cups. Recipe for Fave dei morti (Beans of the Dead) Ingredients 3 […]
February 8th, 2013
If it’s snowing near you, put a container outside to collect some clean snow to make ice cream! Once you’ve gotten enough snow, add vanilla and either sweetened condensed milk or a little milk with sugar. Stir and adjust to taste. Eat right away! Results of My Snow Ice Cream Experiment: In the photo at […]
January 11th, 2013
These Sugar Cookies are Gluten-free and made with icing that has no food dye in it! When making gluten-free recipes, make sure beforehand that all your ingredients are gluten-free. Recipe for Gluten-free Sugar Cookies Ingredients 1 1/2 c. White Rice Flour 1 1/2 c. Oatmeal Flour 1/2 t. Salt 1/2 t. Baking Powder 1 1/2 […]
December 23rd, 2012
Linda Nataprawira wrote from Indonesia: Mother’s day = "onde" day December 22nd is Mother’s Day in Indonesia. In indo-chinese tradition, we always make "onde" on that day too. They’re made of glutinous flour and filled with peanuts & sugar inside. The taste is sweet. Onde is also called onde-onde. Sometimes it’s served in a sweet […]
December 21st, 2012
Gingerbread Houses are made at Christmastime in Germany, the US and other countries around the world. Gingerbread Houses are intricately linked to the Grimm fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel. In the story, two children, Hansel and Gretel get lost in the woods. They come upon a house made of gingerbread covered in frosting and […]
December 20th, 2012
Maryann Serra was kind enough to contribute her recipe for Anise Cookies… Anise cookies are a popular tradition for Italians and other families around the world, especially during the holidays. This light fluffy cookie tastes much like licorice cake, so people who like the flavor licorice especially enjoy them. Making Italian anise cookies is fun […]
December 19th, 2012
French "fruits déguisés" (fancy fruit) is eaten at Christmastime in France. It’s dried fruit, mainly dates, prunes or figs, stuffed with almond paste or a sweetened crumbled cookie mixture. The filling is usually made in different pastel colors. Almond paste is actually sold in different colors in France. The normal colors you find at […]
Monique Palomares told me that chocolate truffles are a common food to eat for Christmas in France. Below is a recipe she sent for French truffles. You may need a kitchen scale because the measurements are weighed in grams. But if you read the containers, you can usually get an idea of the quantity you’ll […]
December 13th, 2012
The other day I was making Juice Gumdrops for the kids in my family, and I thought, "What if I made gumdrops with liquor for the adults?" That’s what led me to making this Anisette version of gumdrops. All of the adults I’ve given it to so far have given it the thumbs up! Recipe […]
December 12th, 2012
Gumdrop candy is associated with Christmas in many countries. Gumdrops are used to decorate gingerbread houses.They’re also part of The Nutcracker, a popular ballet that’s performed at Christmastime. In the ballet, sugarplum fairies and gumdrops dance. Visions of dancing candy got me to thinking of making gumdrops for Christmas this year. Most of the gumdrop […]
December 7th, 2012
It’s so nice to give homemade gifts! This year I decided to make homemade vanilla extract to give to my friends and family. It’s easy! Here’s the recipe… Recipe for Homemade Vanilla Ingredients: 2 to 2 1/2 Vanilla Beans (I used organic vanilla beans) 1/2 cup Vodka (or Brandy) 1. Slice the vanilla bean pods […]
May 12th, 2012
Remember this… Boy times have changed!
April 18th, 2012
Today I cooked homemade stewed apples and pears. It’s really easy to make, and much healthier than store-bought canned fruit. It’s delish! You can make this recipe with just apples, just pears or a mixture of both. I used both in my recipe. Recipe for Homemade Stewed Apples and Pears 6 Apples or Pears (or […]
March 31st, 2012
A Herman Cake is also called a Friendship Cake. It’s a sourdough coffee cake. But it’s also a kind of game. Here’s how it works… It’s made with a starter dough that’s passed along from friend to friend like a chain letter. You’re given a piece of dough by a friend. You add ingredients to […]
January 19th, 2012
There are different theories about where the American Red Velvet Cake is originally from, ranging from the South (perhaps the time of the Civil War?) to a creation of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. No one seems to really know for sure! What’s certain is that this cake feels special, and in fact, […]
December 22nd, 2011
Kourabiedes are Greek shortbread cookies that are eaten for Christmas, Easter and Christenings. Sometimes at Christmastime, they’re made with a clove in the middle to represent the spices the three magi brought to Jesus as a gift. There are many variations of these cookies – so feel free to tinker with the […]
December 21st, 2011
Cuccìa is a dish made in some regions for Santa Lucia in Italy, especially in Sicily. The word itself is Sicilian. Cuccìa is typically made with wheat berries, ricotta and sugar. On Santa Lucia people eat a variety of dishes made with wheat berries. It’s said that there was a famine in Sicily several centuries […]
December 9th, 2011
A candle apple is called a "pomme d’amour" in French. That’s literally "apple of love"! How cool is that?! What’s it called in your language? Please let us know in the comments below.
December 5th, 2011
Monique Palomares sent me this recipe from France for gluten-free and lactose-free Quince and Apple Crumble. The measurements aren’t precise so you’ll need to play around with the quantities. Here’s what Monique wrote: "This is a gluten and lactose-free quince and apple pie. But you could make it with either apples or quinces. Here’s how […]
November 29th, 2011
My nephew Nick creates his own recipes. How cool is that! Here you’ll find his Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake recipe with a note he wrote about cooking from scratch… Dear Mama Lisa, I made this peanut butter chocolate cake for my mom, on her birthday. Her two favorite ingredients are peanut butter and chocolate. Her […]
June 16th, 2011
Monique wrote from France: "La pâte d’abricot is apricot paste. It’s like candy. Here’s how you make it: Recipe for Apricot Paste 1. Peel apricots and cover them with water in a pot. 2. Cook them until heated. 3. Purée the mixture until smooth. 4. Weigh the mixture and add sugar in an amount equaling […]
April 7th, 2011
There’s a new modern tradition that’s come about with the advent of sonograms that let expectant parents know the sex of their baby. Some parents-to-be will have the doctor seal in an envelope a card with the sex of their baby written on it… without telling the parents. Then the parents-to-be, or their friends and […]
March 2nd, 2011
Emanuela Marsura sent me this recipe for Chocolate Brandy Truffles that’s popular at Carnival time in Italy. She lives outside of Venice where Carnival is a big festival. She refers to these as "truffles for mom and dad"! Chocolate Brandy Truffles Emanuela’s Ingredients 1 pound powdered sugar 1 pound unsweetened cocoa 1 pound mascarpone 2 […]
Emanuela Marsura is a teacher in a town outside of Venice, Italy. Celebrating Carnival there is very important. Emanuela wrote about the Carnival Confetti Balls her students make for the holiday. They’re a confection that’s a cross between fudge and doughnut holes. I posted a recipe for making it recently. Emanuela sent me this recipe […]
February 22nd, 2011
Emanuela Marsura sent me a recipe for an Italian Carnival dessert that kids can help make. She’s from a town near Venice, Italy. Emanuela calls these Carnival Confetti Cakes (coriandoli dolce di Carnevale). I made them and found they taste a bit like Dunkin Donut’s chocolate munchkin doughnut holes with a hint of the slightly […]
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