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[caption id="attachment_110" align="alignleft" width="334"] Pear and Pecorino Cheese Ravioli[/caption] During college, I spent a semester abroad in Florence, Italy. While I enjoyed soaking up all the breath taking art and architecture located at an eyes glance in Florence, I especially enjoyed the amazing flavors and dishes...

[caption id="attachment_104" align="alignleft" width="329"] Peanut Butter Shortbreads[/caption] Ingredients: 12 oz. unsalted butter, room temperature 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 tsp Agave 2 tbls peanut butter 8 oz. semisweet chocolate, finely chopped (optional for coating cookies)   Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a standing mixer, mix together butter...

[caption id="attachment_98" align="alignleft" width="283"] Kahlua Filled Chocolates[/caption] A bitter sweet chocolate shell with a creamy kahlua coffee filling. Ingredients: 1 lb Bittersweet Chocolate, chopped 3/4 cup heavy cream 1 tb instant espresso or coffee powder 6 oz. of white chocolate 2 tbs. Kahlua Directions: To make the filling, combine espresso and cream in a...

[caption id="attachment_88" align="alignleft" width="314"] Honey Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies[/caption] Always a fan of oatmeal cookies, these crispy edged, soft centered cookies are tempting as both a late night snack and breakfast bite. Ingredients: 2 Cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp Baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp kosher salt 1 cup unsalted butter,...

[caption id="attachment_83" align="alignleft" width="314"] Pistachio Orange Cranberry Granola Bars with Greek Yogurt Drizzle[/caption] Pistachio Cranberry Orange Granola Bars with Greek Yogurt Drizzle Ingredients for Granola Bars: 8 oz. Old fashioned rolled oats 5 oz Pistachios shelled 6 oz. Honey 1 ¾ oz. Light Brown Sugar 1 oz unsalted butter (plus more for...

[caption id="attachment_77" align="alignleft" width="314"] Strawberry Champagne Rainbow Bars[/caption] The traditional italian tri-color rainbow cookies with chocolate frosting were always one of my favorite treats growing up. In light of the upcoming New Year's Eve celebration, I've decided to add a bubbly twist to it. Taking the...

[caption id="attachment_63" align="alignleft" width="220"] Lime Raspberry Bar[/caption] Craving some citrus and missing the hot summer days, I decided to whip up some key lime bars with a raspberry whipped cream and candied lime peels. Ingredients for Candied Lime Peels: 2 cups granulated sugar (plus extra sugar for dusting) 1...

[caption id="attachment_56" align="alignleft" width="300"] Mango Mint Detox[/caption] The past few days have been filled with sugar, sweets, and lots of food. My body has been craving a health kick! Today I'm sipping on a Mango Mint detox filled with sweet tropical flavors and healthy greens. Ingredients: 2 cups...

[caption id="attachment_46" align="alignleft" width="300"] Sea Salt Carmel Pretzel Thumbprints[/caption] I am a huge fan of salty and sweet, one of my favorite sweets of all time is salted caramel. For the holidays I decided on making this recipe from the Food Network: Salted Caramel Pretzel Thumbprints....

[caption id="attachment_49" align="alignleft" width="300"] Pistachio Cake with Mascarpone Filling[/caption] The rich flavor of pistachio makes it a versatile nut for both sweet and savory dishes. Here I am making a pistachio orange cake with a mascarpone filling. The recipe for the pistachio cake is a great...