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A Berry Yogurt Sorbet….

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Summer picnics and eating al fresco are my favorite summer activities..this year my 5 month old pup shares our summer picnics  and I love to include foods that she can also have..for July 4th our red, white and blue frozen sorbetwas refreshing and is one that everyone- adults, kids, and my pup could it is..


Sweetie Bear Slushie

1 cup frozen blueberries,

1 cup frozen strawberries

, 1 cup frozen raspberries,

1/2 banana frozen,

1/2 cup plain greek yogurt.

Place all in food processor, serve with mint leaves


For more recipes get your copy of the Gourmand World Award Winning Book The Basic Art of Italian Cooking:Holidays and Special Occasions-2nd edition

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Private Tours of Rome, Italy

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Travelers today have so many travel options to choose from. but private tours are one of the best ways to get a truly personal experience in the destination of your choice. You will also be able to discover local points of attraction and travel around like a local for the day!

If you have ever thought about visiting the Eternal City- Rome, Italy, or even if you have been there already, give yourself, and loved ones the personal gift of a private tour on your next visit and you will begin to see Rome as the locals do.

Take private tours of Rome

The city is filled with so much to discover that you may want to do a private tour there more than once with so many places to visit.

Did you know that the ancient Romans invented the multi-course banquets as we know them today. So after experiencing the sights and sounds of the city don’t forget to experience a well deserved taste of the city as well. There are many delicious street foods you can find while walking. In the winter time, nothing beats a hot paper cone filled with freshly roasted chestnuts, sold on the street. In the summer time of the year, a cone of home made gelato is a delicious way to wind down after a hectic day. You can also get a taste of the original iced coffee topped with real cream at many of the coffee bars in town.

Andt when you are back home you may want to share your photos around the kitchen table with a taste of Rome- Bruschetta alla Romana- the same bruschetta served in some restaurants in Rome as an antipasto.

Bruschetta alla Romana

*1 loaf of crusty Italain bread- cut into thick slices

*4 cloves of garlic

*7 fresh plum tomatoes, chopped and seeded

*1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

*salt to taste

*1 fresh bunch of basil-chopped

Place bread slices on a cookie sheet and broil on both sides till golden or place on grill. Arrange bread slices on a plate and brush top with olive oil, rub each slice with peeled garlic cloves. Place chopped tomatoes in bowl, add in remaining olive oil and pinch of salt, chopped basil. Toss and top each slice with tomato mixture and serve



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Make Your Own Pup Treats

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Keep your dog healthy by feeding it all natural, make your own pup treats. Sweetie pup loves my chicken chewies..she has come to know these as ‘Chewy Louies’..just one mention of the name ‘Chewy Louies” and she will stop in her tracks and sit, give me her paw, roll over, whatever she can think of….Easy to make and edible for humans also, but truly a pup snack.


Cut a slightly frozen chicken breast into diagonal slices. Place on a cookie sheet that has been slightly coated with olive oil and bake in an oven that has ben preheated to 200 degrees for 2 hours. You can flavor with cumin, fresh parsley. Let cool and feed to your pet, always supervise eating and be sure to provide plenty of water!


Perfect Summer Products….

Here are some products to help make your summer carefree and summer’s  meant to be:

CedarLane Natural Foods to make those  lazy Sunday brunches a reality with their egg white omelette entrees. All you need to do is pop them in the oven or microwave. I tried all 4 flavors and loved them all, but my favorite is the spinach and mushroom! Check out all the flavors and ingredient info here


Alkaline 88 Bottled Water  is the best way to quench your thirst and become more than hydrated with eclectrolytes and it achieves its’ 8.8 ph level through a chemical free scientific  process, the world’s healthiest water. I keep with me before, after and during my workouts but I also take  a bottle with me when hiking, on the beach, going on long  walks with my puppy and anytime I need a pick me up!


Blueberries and Robert Frost..

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What a way to spend a warm (almost) summer, sunny day..reading Blueberries by Robert Frost (one of my favorite poems) and baking a blueberry cake with fresh blueberries (of course)..


Blueberry Torta

2/3 cup Sugar

1/3 cup plus 1 Tablespoon Butter

2 eggs

2/3 cup Milk

1 + 1/2 cup flour

8 ounces of  fresh blueberries

*1 tsp baking powder

*grated peel of one fresh lemon

*grated peel of one fresh orange

*1 tsp pure vanilla extract

*powdered sugar to sprinkle on top

Beat eggs with sugar till frothy and well blended. Place butter in a double boiler and melt, then place in the milk a spoonful at a time while whisking with wire whisk. In a separate bowl, sift flour and baking powder,  add into mixture a little at a time all the while stirring in with wire whisk. Add in peel of lemon and orange. Blend well and remove from double boiler. Let dough sit and cool for 1 hour.

Wash and dry  blueberries and add half of blueberries to the dough.

Butter an 8” cake pan and place in mixture. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and cook for 15 minutes. Remove cake from oven, when cool sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.


For more recipes…Get your copy of the Gourmand World Award Winning book The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays and Special Occasions-2nd edition



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A Cool Mango Passion Cocktail Recipe..

Excerpted from The Basic Art of….. Cocktails

My organic rosemary is still growing heartily in our giardino  and the country house was decorated today with bouquets of fresh rosemary and lavender from our bushes elegant but simple way to fragrance and decorate.. Tonight’s cocktails will be non-alcoholic.. it is so flavorful you won’t even notice…here’s one that is exceptionally healthy..

Mango Passion

*3 tsps of assam tea or 3 teabags of black tea

*1 mango (about 1 lb)

*2 bananas (1/4 lb)

*16 ounces unsweeetened pineapple juice

*crushed ice

Bring to- almost- boiling-2 cups water. When almost boiling place in tea bags or loose tea in filter. Cover and let cool. Squeeze out the tea bags or remove filter. Place tea in refrigerator.

Peel mango, cut 4 small pieces from whole mango and set aside.  Place remaining pulp of mango, banana, pineapple juice, tea  in a food processor, blend. Divide into 4 tall glasses, place in crushed ice and garnish with mango slices.

For more refreshing cocktail recipes…Get your copy of The Basic Art of….. Cocktails

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Adopt a Rescue Pup.. Recipe for Risotto for Dogs


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My precious rescue pup and I are spending our first Memorial Day together… Sweetie Bear (the name came from my 6 yr old  niece, Sofia Liberati, who said that the pup looks like a tiny black bear)..she is a welcome guest to our family picnic and of course she deserves something special cooked for her so here is a recipe I created for Sweetie Bear..a special risotto that can be served chilled if you need to place in a container to take with you on a picnic. However, do not use this as the only food in a meal, mix with dry food that already have proper nutrition. For my pup I give 1 tablespoon of this dish with 1/4 cup of her dry food.

Sweetie Bear’s Risotto with Chicken

1/4 pound cooked chopped chicken meat (Boil the meat, then chop into small pieces)

1 fresh zucchini  cut in small pieces, boiled till soft

1/2 cup rice cooked till tender

Cut chicken meat into small pieces. Drain zucchini and in small bowl mix  chicken with cooked rice and zucchini. Let cool and serve. This makes more than one serving depending on the size/age  of your dog.

This recipe is meant for dogs and should be served along with the dry food and NOT Served as the sole food in a meal.



Memorial Day Chocolate Coffee Brownies

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Whether you are celebrating Memorial Day home or away, these Chocolate Coffee Brownie Squares from my newly released book The Basic Arr of Coffee are easy to make and take with you..and besides.. who doesn’t love the euphoric effect of  chocolate and coffee together??



1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup butter

1/3 cup  sugar

1/4 cup dried  shredded coconut plus 1 tablespoon for topping

2 eggs

5 tablespoons milk

2 tablespoon espresso coffee

2 tablespoons dried instant coffee

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking powder

1 tblsp powdered sugar

2 tblsps unsweetened cocoa powder plus 2 tblsps for topping.

Blend butter and sugar with electric mixer till blended and butter is soft and creamy and sugar is well blended in. Add in eggs and 5 tblsps of milk. Place in sifter flour, cocoa, vanilla, baking powder. Mix till well blended, then put in coconut, powdered instant coffee, Stir till well blended. Preheat oven to 375 degrees, line square pan with parchment paper. Spread mixture in pan. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes.

In a bowl mix 2 tblsps powdered cocoa, powdered sugar and hot espresso coffee and  blend together. When brownies are done, turn off oven heat, take out of oven, then place on topping and place back  in  still warm oven for 5 minutes. Take out and let cool for 5-10 minutes.

In another dish mix 2 tblsps shredded coconut with 2  tsps instant coffee powder. When brownies are cool, cut into squares and sprinkle with shredded coconut topping before serving.

A scoop of chocolate gelato, ice cream or frozen yogurt served on the side intensifies the WOW factor of this dessert!


Happy Memorial Day..have a safe and happy one!

For more great coffee recipes get your copy of The Basic Art of Coffee


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A Coffee Frappe….to cool down

Picnics and Memorial Day just around the corner…time for a cool coffee drink from The Basic Art of …Coffee


Caffe Frappe (Coffee Milkshake)

*2 cups strong espresso coffee

4 teaspoons of sugar

2 cups chopped ice

1 tsp of anisette or amaretto liqueur

1/2 cup milk


Blend all ingredients in a blender and divide into 2 tall chilled glasses.


For more coffee recipes and stories get your copy of The Basic Art of …Cofffee

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