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Marble Chiffon Cake

2022-02-01T10:14:56-05:00February 1st, 2022|Categories: Cakes, Desserts, Food Columns, Valentine's Day|

Looking to impress on Valentine’s Day? Make Marble Chiffon Cake! It’s my new favorite go-to cake. Light and airy with a velvety texture—it’s simply divine. Happy Valentine’s Day! 2 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 7 eggs, separated 2 cups plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided ¾ cup canola oil ¼ cup [...]

Baked Spaghetti Squash with Braised Garlic Tomato Sauce and Roasted Cauliflower

2020-02-27T15:17:59-05:00February 27th, 2020|Categories: Cooking Light, Food Columns, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian|Tags: , |

As I write this column it is late January of the New Year and the new decade.   Many of us have made some New Year’s resolutions that are still intact. Among the top resolutions is—no surprise here—eating healthy.  If you’re still in healthy eating mode for 2020, then this recipe for baked spaghetti squash is [...]

Luzma’s Colombian Penicillin

2019-11-13T09:07:14-05:00November 1st, 2017|Categories: Food Columns, Meat and Poultry, Soups, Thanksgiving|Tags: , |

You’ve heard of Jewish penicillin, but did you know that a Colombian version exists, as well? To tell you about Colombian penicillin, I’m breaking with tradition this year to present you with a very special soup recipe that uses chicken instead of the obligatory Thanksgiving turkey. I first became acquainted with this extraordinary soup last [...]

Sfinge (Italian Doughnuts Filled with Ricotta)

2021-10-25T10:20:03-04:00December 1st, 2016|Categories: Dairy, Desserts, Doughnuts, Food Columns|

December 2016 Those of you who have been following my columns these past 6 years, may have noticed by the disproportionate number of dessert articles in the magazine, that I have an insatiable sweet tooth.  It should come as no surprise then that I’ll be capping off My Year Of Italy with—well—something sweet.  Sfinge, also [...]

Potato Gnocchi with Sausage Ragu

2021-10-21T09:12:50-04:00November 1st, 2016|Categories: Food Columns, Pasta, Rice, Grains|

November 2016 This 5-star recipe for Potato Gnocchi with Sausage Ragu is from Davide Odore, Master Chef at the Castello di Guarene, a magnificent restored 18th century palazzo/hotel overlooking the Langhe hills in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy. Potato gnocchi are tiny potato dumplings.  They are light, pillowy and delicate in flavor—a perfect base [...]


2021-10-25T10:24:10-04:00September 1st, 2016|Categories: Dairy, Food Columns, Vegetarian|

September 2016 Since 2016 is My Year of Italy, and September is back to school month, and kids LOVE pizza, we’re going to have some fun with pizza--rolling, spreading, sprinkling, decorating and getting some veggies into the mix. I’ve provided a kid-friendly basic pizza recipe with a tomato sauce that has some chopped carrots and [...]


2021-10-18T13:04:15-04:00August 1st, 2016|Categories: Dairy, Desserts, Food Columns|

August 2016 Cannoli are Italian pastries originating from the island of Sicily. A staple of Sicilian cuisine, they are also popular in Italian-American cuisine. Cannoli get their name from the Italian word “cannolo” which means “little tube”.  They consist of tube shaped shells of pastry dough which are fried in oil and then piped with [...]


2021-10-25T10:39:21-04:00June 1st, 2016|Categories: Desserts, Desserts, Food Columns|

June 2016 Biancomangiare is a traditional Sicilian white pudding. Dating back to the Middle Ages, biancomangiare, literally means “white food” or “white dish”, and derives its name from the white color of its main ingredients: almond milk, sugar and cornstarch. I learned how to make this delicious and creamy Sicilian dessert during my travels in [...]


2021-10-15T11:35:45-04:00May 1st, 2016|Categories: Cookies and Biscotti, Dairy, Desserts, Desserts, Food Columns|

May 2016 Cantucci are Tuscan dipping cookies.  They’re also known as biscotti in other regions of Italy as well as here in the U.S.  I learned how to make these almond studded beauties from Chef Claudio Piantini last October during our travels in Tuscany, when my husband and I took a private cooking class with [...]