strawberry shortcake_cassata

Italian Strawberry Shortcake (Cassata)

O! M! G! This cake! My girls LOVE strawberries and they love cake, so this is a winning combination. When I was little, my mom would make “strawberry shortcake” but it was nothing like what you’d see if you would google “strawberry shortcake”! What was it? Well, it was Italian sponge cake, layered with fresh…

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whole wheat hamburger buns (Tongzhong method)

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Italian meatballs

Oh, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’m still cooking but not as much! Vacations, pool – summery things mean less cooking for me. I’m not complaining, but I miss my blog. Plus, after the Bread’s Bakery babka…well, I’m on a no sugar diet for the next few weeks (years..ha!). Wish me luck!! And so…meatballs….

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bread bakery chocolate babka

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eggplant meatballs

eggplant meatballs

Here’s a recipe that I’ve been wanting to try for a while because I love eggplant. Many ways. And so meatballs? Well, they had my name of them. These were good! Now, for the bad news: it’s sort of a time consuming recipe. But, like any other meatballs, you can make the mixture one day…

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