italian almond ricotta cake, my way.

italian almond ricotta cake, my way. |

Well, it only took 4 attempts…

I’m the type that can’t rest until I’ve conquered a recipe that’s been nagging at my subconscious.

I’ll think about day in and day out and until I pass out.

A traditional almond ricotta cake is sweet, and lightly scented with almond and lemon. The texture is notably ‘squidgy’ due to the fact that it’s flourless, made with almond meal only.

The problem is, the majority of our house prefers a more bouncy, cake-like texture.

And so the mission began…

I tested this cake with the heightening power of whipped egg whites, without egg whites, almond paste, without almond paste, all-purpose flour, without all-purpose flour, different flavored extracts…

I’ve learned there are many different variations, and rightfully so, as this cake has roots in Italy and varies according to region (and Italian Nona).

My version certainly doesn’t claim to be traditional.

But it celebrates the integrity of its origins with a few shortcuts to make life easier….

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roast chicken dinner & a trip to the farm

roast chicken dinner & a trip to the farm |

We live 10 minutes away from a chicken farm.

Whenever I tell people that, they think our house is out in the country somewhere with no internet. It’s not. Although I wouldn’t mind living in the country (I’d trade in heels for hiking boots any day), we reside in suburbia-land a stone’s throw away from Target, Starbucks, and Home Goods.

Nestled in-between is a small family owned farm.

They have some of the best organic chicken in the world….

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spring zucchini pasta

spring zucchini pasta |

I need a cow.

The amount of meat my boys go through is absolutely insane.

The other night, my husband brought home this epic T-bone steak and I thought to myself, “Oh, good! We’ll have leftovers.” I’ll make wraps… some kind of steak salad… maybe stroganoff… (when’s the last time you had stroganoff?!).

But the three of them devoured it like a pack of wolves! I heard ravenous snarls coming from the table.

On the other hand, I wasn’t in the mood to partake in this carnivorous feast….

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