Biscotti with Raisins & Cranberries

Adapted from: La Cucina Italiana Magazine


11 tablespoons sweet butter
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
¼ cup raisins
¼ cup dried cranberries
1 ¾ cups plus 3 tablespoons sifted flour
2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Special equipment: Parchment paper

In a large bowl combine butter, vanilla, egg, raisins and cranberries and stir. Sift in flour and using clean hands mix until just combined.

Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in middle. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.

Put sesame seeds on a small plate.

On a floured surface, roll dough out into a long log. Using a serrated knife cut into little discs and roll edges in sesame seeds to coat and place on baking sheets.

Bake about 25 minutes or until golden. Transfer cookies, still on parchment, to wire rack to cool completely. Sprinkle with powdered sugar to your delight!

These cookies are simple and delicious and so pleasing with a cup of tea or coffee.
I hope you will like them as much as I did!

Enjoy with Spring Love,


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Far East Roasted Chicken


1 - 7 lb. Oven Stuffer Chicken

Rub for the Skin:

Juice of ½ lemon
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of sesame oil
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
2 tablespoons of teriyaki sauce


1 bunch of Italian Parsley – chopped
Juice of ½ lemon
6 cloves of garlic – chopped
2 tablespoons – sesame seeds
1 tablespoon – sesame oil
2 tablespoons – olive oil
2 tablespoons – soy sauce
2 tablespoons – teriyaki sauce
2 tablespoons marinated ginger - chopped – plus some of the juice
Dashes of fresh ground black pepper

Preheat Oven 350 degrees:

Clean the chicken inside and out and then pat dry.

Combine the ingredients for the rub in a small bowl and set aside.

Combine all of the ingredients for the stuffing and set aside.

Loosen the skin from the chicken and stuff the stuffing all the way down into the chicken. When you are finished stuffing the chicken rub the chicken down with the rub.

Bake the chicken for about 1 hour and 35 minutes or 20 minutes per pound until the juices run clear at the thigh.

This chicken is so tasty and delicious. Without a “take out” price!

Enjoy with Lots of Love,


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Apple Graham Cracker Coffee Cake


For the Apples:

6 large apples – peeled and sliced
Dashes of cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg
½ cup of sugar
Zest of ½ lemon
Juice of ½ lemon

For the Cake:

2 cups all-purpose flour – sifted
½ cup of sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
Juice of ½ lemon
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup buttermilk

Graham Cracker Crumb Topping:

4 sheets of graham crackers
5 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar

Preheat Oven 350 degrees:

In a large bowl combine the apples and all of the apple ingredients and let them sit in the bowl for about 1 hour.

In a separate bowl combine the sifted flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda.

Drain the juice from the apple bowl and reserve it for later.

In a separate smaller bowl combine the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, lemon juice and the reserved liquid from the apples. Mix together well and then add to the dry ingredients and mix well.

Butter a baking pan and line the bottom with the apples. Top the apples with the cake batter.

In a small saucepan melt the butter with the brown sugar and crumble the graham crackers in the melted butter and brown sugar. Sprinkle this on top of the cake batter.

Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until the tooth pick test comes out clean.

This is a very easy and delicious partner for a good cup of coffee.

Enjoy with Love & Blessings,


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