Flavors of Italy

Roasted Red Grapes Crostinis with Ricotta, Pine Nuts & Thyme

Roasted Red Grapes Crostinis with Ricotta & Thyme recipe | TeenieCakes.com

These crostinis are toasted with the lightness of extra virgin olive oil and then smeared with a dollop of soft and creamy ricotta cheese. Nestled on top of that ricotta are a couple of sweet, red grapes and buttery delicate flavors from toasted pine nuts. Sprinkled with thyme and optionally some coarse salt...you have a refined snack, appetizer or small side!

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Fig, Goat Cheese, Pistachios w/Honey Crostinis

Fig, Goat Cheese, Pistachios with Honey - Crostinis recipe | TeenieCakes.com

Have 2 or 3 figs to spare before the summer is all over? Here's a quick & tasty appetizer (although I enjoyed it as a dinner) that's sure to make a palate happy that enjoys these flavors. In fact, it is so quick and easy it really doesn't even need a recipe!

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Meyer Lemon Olive-Oil Cake
with DIY Meyer Lemon Infused Olive Oil

Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Cake recipe | TeenieCakes.com

Citrus infused olive oils. I'd been on a quest to find some good citrus extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) infused with either orange, lemon or meyer lemons. Infused EVOO are easy enough to find and a bit costly! Purchasing a bottle would barely yield me enough to make a couple of baked good recipes I've been anxious to try and experiment with. Using EVOO in cooking, brushing it on to breads, using as a condiment, as a dip and most deliciously - using it in baking, is one of my favorite ingredients. So, it made both logical and economical sense to start learning and experimenting infusing

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Baked Rigatoni al telefono with Smoked Mozzarella and Aubergine/Eggplant

Baked Rigatoni al telefono with Smoked Mozzarella and Aubergine - Eggplant recipe | TeenieCakes.com

Browsing through the produce section in Sprouts a couple of weeks ago, I turned the corner of a group of vegetable bins not realizing I had just squealed in surprise out loud! Someone might have thought that I happened upon a crate full of puppies. Instead, it was a bin of baby eggplant! This discovery was quite novel to me because I have seen eggplant before but never baby-sized ones -- and they were cute! At 10 baby eggplants for $1, I meticulously rummaged through the bin to select 10 heroes (later to return to collect 10 more). My mind was racing as to how to make good use of these edible

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Grape Focaccia – Schiacciata con L’uva

Grape Focaccia - Schiacciata Con L'uva recipe | TeenieCakes.com

Teenie Notes Dough will initially be quite wet and sticky. During kneading, work a tablespoon at a time to both your working surface, dough ball and hands and continue working to workable consistency. Used more grapes and pine nuts than called for (reflected in ingredients). Baking time could be increased another 10 minutes to allow the middle to cook more thoroughly (reflected in directions). Used a 14-inch deep-dish pie pan. When finishing the preparation of layering the topping ingredients, I skipped drizzling extra olive oil (personal preference). The combination of the

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Lemon Ricotta Muffins with Almonds

Lemon Ricotta Muffins with Almonds

Teenie Notes One very juicy lemon yielded more than enough lemon juice for a batch of these muffins. If the fresh lemon you're using feels somewhat small and not as juicy, have another on hand. You don't want to skimp on the lemon juice for the batter. If you yield more than a tablespoon of zest from your lemon, throw the excess zest in the batter too! Used reduced-fat ricotta cheese that produced excellent results. Lemon Ricotta Muffins with Almonds modified from 750 Best Muffin Recipes: Everything from breakfast classics to gluten-free, vegan and coffeehouse favorites by

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