Cinnamon Stick Ice Cream

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Wow! It’s been a LONG time since my last post and so much has happened since then. I’ll start with last year. Last October, Glenn and I decided to open a restaurant. Sounds crazy, I know! However, Glenn has been in the restaurant business for many years and his family owned various restaurants for most of his life. Glenn and his father eventually became partners over a twelve year span until their restaurant was sold. Since then, Glenn has often made mention of opening a restaurant with a concept similar to the restaurant he and his father previously owned: a small, family owned Italian restaurant with a fine dining flourish. Over the years that idea gained momentum in both of our minds. When the space that Glenn and his father’s original restaurant was in became available to lease last October we decided to go for it!

Which brings us to the present day: Scarpa’s Italian has been open for almost 8 months! Everything is settling into place and things are going better than we ever could have hoped for! If you are looking for me these days you will find me at Scarpa’s Italian. I’ll be there refilling drinks, running food, seating people, answering the phone, making salads, and even sometimes washing dishes. However, I did leave out my favorite thing to do: I love to bake many of our desserts! I simply love it! Baking has been a hobby of mine for several years now and I have literarily hundreds of cookbooks (I say literally with no exaggeration). I have no formal culinary training and basically taught myself the art of baking through my collection of cookbooks and trial and error. I have thrown away almost as many of my creations as I have served over the years. My family is used to hearing me say “it didn’t turn out right” or “its not moist enough.” My admission of self-proclaimed defeat in the kitchen is always matched by a familiar scream from the dining room: “DON”T THROW IT AWAY, WE WILL EAT IT!” Clearly my family loves to eat! a bit more

Crepes

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I love crepes!  I like how they make me feel french-ish when I make them.  Not to mention, they are really delicious with fresh fruit and syrup.  Here is the downside..they require a batter that sits overnight in the refrigerator.  Since I almost never decide that I want them until the morning time...I almost never make them.  However, I have been … a bit more

Blueberry Scones

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  My Dad passed away almost 3 weeks ago.  I probably could just leave it at that.  There really are not words that can explain the hole I feel in my life right now...not to mention the many fears and worries that this has brought forward.  I feel a bit dark and gloomy, detached and sad.  Baking usually cheers me up...but that isn't even … a bit more

Olive Oil Pizza Dough

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As a carb lover...pizza has always been a favorite!  When I was little, I remember my Mom making homemade pizza occasionally on a Friday night during lent and always thought it was fun.  As 1 of 8 children, the opportunity to help prep in the kitchen was often more of a hassle for my Mom.  Multiple children in the kitchen stresses me out just … a bit more

Comfort Rolls

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If I was told that I could only eat 1 thing for the rest of my life...I would probably pick bread.  It is my favorite food and I love it to the moon and back!!  I love it with honey, fresh fruit preserves...and now that I think about it, not so fresh fruit preserves.  I love it with warm butter and cinnamon sugar, cranberry sauce, herb butter, … a bit more

Chunky Lola Cookies

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One of my favorite baking cookbooks is Flour by Joanna Chang.  She has a bakery and cafe in Boston that I have never been to, but would be super excited to go to someday.  I found her cookbook by fluke one day when I was searching Amazon for popular baking cookbooks.  I liked the fact that she had a well known bakery and the cookbook was a … a bit more

Vegan Lemon Vanilla Cupcakes

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I can already hear you Dad....."VEGAN??"  Please, let me explain...... This weekend we celebrated one of my step-daughters birthdays.  I always get excited for these kinds of things because the kids really like when I bake for them, and that makes me happy.  I typically get the request for my coconut cupcakes and just as I thought...that is what … a bit more

Banana Bread

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There are some recipes that you search and search for.  Recipes that you experiment over and over again.  And sadly...there are a couple that I am still on the quest for.  That "perfect" recipe that will always be my "go-to" when I need to make that particular dish.  I remember last summer I must have made 8-10 different peach cobblers in the hunt … a bit more