Monday, July 25, 2016

Happy Birthday to the Girl from the Bronx.....ME!

Many of you probably don't know that I am from the Bronx. Yes, I'm from Belmont Avenue and 187th Street. Close to Arthur Avenue and its popular market. Moreover, my birthday is July 24th.  Well, those are the only two things I have in common with J-lo :)
By the way, Chazz Palminteri also comes from Belmont Avenue. 

I want to show you the spectacular cookbook I got from my daughter:  Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook. THE ORIGINAL 1950 CLASSIC EDITION!!! 

Knowing my addiction to cupcakes, my daughter also gave me a ....guess what?  A CUPCAKE bag!

Talking about the Bronx, here is my version of a cake which my mother used to get for me for my birthday. It was made by Egidio's  Pastry Shop, the fabulous Italian cafè on 622 E. 187th St. in the Bronx. Mine doesn't look anything like it, but from what I remember, it was a sponge cake with custard, peaches and cream, so I tried to recreate it as best I could. I assure you it is delicious!  In fact if you happen to be in the Bronx, visit Egidio's and ask them if they still make this cake.:)

Monday, May 30, 2016

Sicily, Summer, Scirocco

The days are becoming hotter and hotter, but the Scirocco is blowing harder and harder. When it comes it stays for at least 4 or 5 days, and drives everyone crazy because of the stuffiness and dust. I don't like the wind on my head so I never go out without a hat. 

Sunday, May 1, 2016


If you like Japanese cartoons you will know that  dorayaki are Doraemon's favorite food. The classic dorayaki are filled with AN  (azuki paste). 

Being Sicilian, I  decided to replace the azuki paste with CANNOLI FILLING. 

First, make the dorayaki. You can find the recipe in my earlier post here

Mix the sugar and eggs, then add the flour, blend well then add the baking powder, honey, melted butter and water.

 Grease the pan and drop ladle-fuls of the mixture.


Ricotta, sugar, candied fruit and chocolate chips. Mix the ricotta with the sugar, add the fruits, chocolate chips and stir well. Place the filling between two dorayaki. 

There you have it...a mix of Japan and Sicily!  Who said East is East, and West is West and never the twain shall meet?  Well, maybe it was so in Kipling's time but certainly not anymore!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tutte Pazze per ....ALEMILANO

Recentemente una new entry nel mondo di e-commerce sta causando un grande scalpore nel mondo dei fashion bloggers e fashionistas. Si tratta di Alemilano, un'azienda specializzata nella realizzazione di abiti da sposa, abiti da sera, accessori per la sposa, vestiti per bambine, vestiti da cerimonia, abiti per la damigella, abiti per la mamma della sposa e vestiti da sposa

Tutti i prodotti sul loro sito possono essere personalizzati e realizzati su misura. Troverete abiti unici e originali, creati con tessuti di prima qualità. Ma l'altra grande attrazione sono i prezzi...veramente incredibili! 

Ce n'è per tutti i gusti:  dai vestiti ricamati con pizzi magnifici, decorati con perle e lustrini, a quelli più semplici e naturali.

Allora, cosa aspettate, datevi da fare.  Sulle note di "E' primavera, svegliatevi bambine, alle cascine Messer Aprile fa il rubacuor" (così cantavano Rabagliati e il nostro grande Claudio Villa), visitate Alemilano,  scegliete l'abito che fa per voi e portate all'altare colui che vi ha rubato il cuore.

Per le romantiche 

                                   Tubino a barchetta senza maniche lunghezza del suolo

Per voi tradizionaliste

Volete un abito da fiaba?  

Volete un look audace e non conformista? 

E per le piccole bambine?  Guardate che sciccheria!

                                                     Sopra la caviglia senza maniche

E per finire in grande stile, non poteva mancare un abito ROSSO, che come ormai saprete, è il mio colore preferito

Friday, April 22, 2016

Cool, comfortable and iconic

Summer is almost here and I'm already starting to put away my winter clothes. Jackets, coats, woolens...they are all folded, packed and ready to be carried to the basement.

What will I replace them with? Loads of T-shirts, shorts and capris. Speaking of capris, did you know that they were created in 1948 by Sonja de Lennart of Prussia? She named them after the island of Capri, much loved by her wealthy family.  There's also  a bit of gossip that goes with the United States, Mary Tyler Moore caused an uproar when she wore them on TV in the Dick Van Dyke show! 

Well, I certainly will cause a sensation when I go around wearing these tight-fitting capris which I found on Esprit. They are stretch so you will get a nice curvy-figure.

Here are three of my favorites:

Blue dark  jeans, classic style with 5 pockets, they easily adapt to your figure.

These are also stretch jeans, casual, standard blue color 

Black stretch capris, with two front pockets and two back pockets. I like the cut and ... look at the SPIKED belt!  Love it!

Judy Garland and Fred Astaire sang "In June, July and August we look cute when we're dressed in shorts".  That's just how I will look  when I wear these adorable coral shorts  :)  You will swoon  over the color, perfect for spring and summer. 

To complete the outfits, I will add this pretty striped red  t-shirt. Light and loose fitting, it will cool you down during the heat of the summer. 

This  attractive coral polo shirt combined with capris or shorts will bring you down memory lane, to the beach parties of the 1960s.

You can find all of these exquisite items on ESPRIT