Ciao! My name is Yolanda and I'd like to welcome you to my Blog! I have always had a love for cooking, baking and eating. This blog is mainly a place for me to record and share precious family recipes from those living and deceased as well as delicious recipes that my friends have given me throughout the years.


Sunday, September 30, 2012

White Pizza Dip

Well it is football season once again, which means time to start making yummy dips to munch on during the game.  Many years ago I came across this recipe for white pizza dip on the back of a "Lipton Savory Herb with Garlic Recipe Soup and Dip Mix" box.  I have made it a few times years ago and recently came
the recipe again hidden on one of my old cook books and couldn't wait to make it again!  I recently made this dip and brought it to two parties and it was a huge hit.  You wouldn't believe how much it really does taste like a white pizza, especially when you cup up some fresh Italian Ciabbatta Baguette to dip it with..YUM!
 * 1 envelope of "Lipton Recipe Secrets Savory Herb with Garlic Soup Mix
* 2 cups of Sour Cream(16 oz)
* 1 cup of Ricotta (8 oz)
* 1 cup of shredded Mozzarella Cheese
* 1/4 cup of Mini Pepperoni (if you can't find mini pepperoni, then just chop up regular pepperoni into small pieces).
*  1 Ciabatta Baguette, cut into small slices (or any other type of crusty bread)
* Preheat oven to 350 degrees
* In a pie dish or any other quart size baking dish, combine the Sour Cream, Ricotta, Soup Mix, 3/4 cup of the Mozzarella Cheese, and Pepperoni. 
* Sprinkle the top with remaining Mozzarella Cheese and top with Mini Pepperoni pieces for decoration.
* Bake uncovered for 30 minutes on 350.
 * Serve while it is hot with the slices of Ciabatta Bread. 

Sunday, September 9, 2012


 Madeleines are a delicious and beautiful french shell shaped cookie.  Even though they are french, the first time I had one was while I was in Italy.  My Italian friends took be grocery shopping with them and bought a bag of Madeleines to snack on in the car. I must have eaten 10 they were so good!  The other day, I was so excited to see the girl Sonia from my favorite Italian cook show called "Giallo Zafferano" make these Madeleines.  I wrote down the recipe and drove to the store to find a Madeleine pan and luckily I was able to find one at Bed Bath and Beyond.  I needed to have this pan or else as Sonia on the cooking show says, they are not Madeleines.  The shape is the reason for the name.  I hope you enjoy snacking on these as much as I do!
Please click here for printable version:
Special Tool: Madeleine Pan 
Ingredients: (Makes 24 Madeleines)
* 1 cup of flour
* 3 1/2 tsp. of Almond Extract (vanilla, orange or lemon would be good too)
* a pinch of salt
* 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
* 2 eggs
* 100 grams of butter (about 7 TBSPs)
* 1 3/4 tsp. of Baking Powder
* 2 TBSPs of whole or 2% milk
* In a small bowl melt the butter and then set aside to cool. 
* In a large bowl sift Sugar, Flour, Baking Powder, and Salt.
* Beat Eggs in a separate bowl and add cooled down butter and extract.
* Add the Egg, Butter, and Extract mixture to the Flour Mixture and whisk together
* Add the 2 TBSPs of Milk to the mixture and whisk again.
~*~Note~*~ the mixture should not be too thin or too thick
 * cover with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator for 1 hr. 
* Butter and flour your Madeleine Pan
* Fill each mold 3/4 of the way full.
* Bake at 350 degrees for 13 minutes until lightly golden.
 * When cool, sprinkle the top with powdered sugar if you would like!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Torta Al Cocco (Coconut Cake)

 Wow it has been a long time since I have written a post, but I have a great excuse...  I was in  Italy for a month for my 1 year wedding anniversary/ spending time with family.  My husband and I traveled to Capri, Florence, Chianti, Venice, Rome, and finally the village that my mom is from, Carpinone, which is in the region of Molise.  We had a fantastic time and I am full of authentic new Italian recipes to share with all of you!  The first one I am going to share is a recipe form my friend who lives across the street from my mom's house, Giovanna's Torta al Cocco which translates into coconut cake.  It is a deliciously moist cake made with coconut and then topped with nutella and coconut flakes!  Since I was watching her make the cake, I was unable to do my usual step by step photos that I usually do, but I do have a video of Giovanna making the cake, along with a photo I took of it from her cook book (No worries I promise to have an English copy for you too ;)  I had a ton of fun learning from Giovanna and having her as a friend to spend time with during my time in Italy and I will truly miss her until the next time I go back!
Giovanna and I at my nonna's house my last night in Italy

* 4 eggs
* 1 cup of Flour
* 3 cups of grated coconut (you can just put shredded coconut into the food processor to grate it)
* 1/2 cup of sugar
* 1/2 cup of 2% or whole milk
* 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
* 1 tsp. of Baking Powder
* 1/2 tsp. of vanilla (In Italy Lievito is baking powder with vanilla in it already, so we can just add a little)
* Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees 
* Beat the eggs and sugar together with an electric mixer
* Add the Milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla and mix well again.
* Add the coconut, flour, and baking powder and mix all ingredients until well blended together
* In a tort pan, like the one in the video or a 9x9 baking dish, spray very well with baking spray
* Pour batter into the pan
* Bake at 350 degrees fpr 25-30 minutes until lightly golden brown and a toothpick comes out dry
* Carefully flip cake upside down onto a serving platter
* Once cool, spread Nutella on top and sprinkle grated coconut all over the top (flakes are fine too)