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Lisa’s Ricotta Pudding

This rich, creamy pudding is very simple and quick to make. It tastes superb topped with fresh red fruit such as strawberries, cherries, or raspberries that have been sprinkled with a liqueur or a high-quality balsamic vinegar. In fact, this would be a good time to use an aged
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Lisa’s Italian Parfaits with Espresso

As my children always tease me, “Mom please, not another parfait!” I confess, I’m a bit obsessed with this dessert! It’s just so versatile and easy, and you can vary it as you like- switch out the amaretto cookies for cantuccini, substitute espresso with
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Lisa’s Espresso Pudding

This Espresso Pudding is typical of Northern Italy, where the winters begin early and the snow can be late to thaw. It’s also a perfectly decadent dessert for a winter afternoon with a coffee or tea. Treat yourself to this Espresso Pudding as we begin to celebrate the
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Lisa’s Sunday Dinner Apple Cake

This rustic apple cake is enjoyed throughout Italy, with each region having its own twist. If you like, you can add chopped walnuts or sliced almonds to the batter. Moist and delicious, it is best enjoyed topped with a dollop of fresh whipped cream or gelato. Try this to add an
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Lisa’s Baked Apples in Puff Pastry

Lisa has been making her baked apples since she was in high school. The recipe was taught to her by one of her favorite Italian cousins. She particularly loves this dessert in the fall, when the apples are crisp. Crisp apples are a perfect accompaniment to an autumn dinner like
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Lisa’s Plum Upside Down Cake

One of the most iconic and romantic moments of Italian-American cinema is when Al Pacino, as Michael Corleone, meets Apollonia Vitelli, the love of his life, in the Sicilian countryside. After this “colpo di fulmine”, as the Italians call it, Michael and his
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Lisa’s Pear and Date Strudel

Dates are a fruit that grow in arid climates, which is one of the reasons they are so popular in Sicily and other areas of Southern Italy. They also grow in Southern California! In fact, dates are the fruit that make Lisa think the most of her grandmother, Catherine Lione.
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Lisa’s Ricotta Pie

Ricotta Pie is a creamy and delightful classic of Italian and Italian-American family dinners. The crust is a wonderful surprise – crunchy biscotti! Like Lisa’s legendary Ricotta Cake, this recipe uses a classic Italian cheese, ricotta, which is sweetened with sugar.
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Lisa’s Crostata di Marmellata (Italian Jam Tart)

Crostata di Marmellata, or an Italian jam tart, is one of the most popular desserts in Italy, and everyone has his or her own version. Lisa prefers to make the crostata with a dark marmalade such as cherry or raspberry as it gives a richer texture, but any flavor you prefer is
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Lisa’s 3 Step 3 Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

Searching for an easy Italian dessert? Try Lisa’s 3 Step 3 Ingredient Chocolate Mousse! A fan favorite and a hallmark of Lisa’s cooking for decades, this recipe works well on its own, in a ramekin or flute, or as part of a chocolate mousse pie. Visit Lisa’s
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