Monday, February 28, 2011


Here's what's up for March...starting tomorrow!

Arancini...Risotto balls with mozzarella cheese...really yummy best with a creamy pesto dip or with a simple tomato sauce. Then, beef bolognese on spaghetti noodles. There's also Asparagus and Prosciutto Rolls...perfect for cocktails

Scroll below and see the other photos that will be featured this March...

Crispy Ham and Chesse Balls

Spaghettini with Crab Meat in Spicy Tomato Cream Sauce

Panna Cotta

I'm so excited. March will be filled with a lot of good food! Enjoy!!!

Sunday, February 27, 2011


This is what I'm baking today. I'm actually waiting for it to come out of the oven and I'll be ready for merienda.

I had a batch of raisins that I soaked in rum last month. I did this recipe for my MMS Service a couple of months ago and I'm missing it. I'm pairing it with my English Breakfast tea by Dilmah with some milk and sugar.

Since I've been snacking every single day, I try to eat smaller meals for lunch and dinner. Then I run and go to the gym at least 4-5 times a week just to make sure I get to burn all the sweet stuff I'm taking in.

Anyway, here's the recipe....Enjoy!



2 cups raisins
2/3 cup rum
1 1/2 cups butter
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
4 pieces eggs
1 tablespoon rum flavored extract
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt


1. Soak raisins in rum for about an hour or overnight is better.

2. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour 2 7x4 inch loaf pans 1 10 inch bundt pan

3. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

4. Add eggs one at a time, then add the rum extract.

5. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

6. Reduce speed of mixer to low. Gradually add 1/3 of flour mixture to the batter. Alternately add the half of the sour cream. Repeat process ending with flour mixture. Mix batter well.

7. Add the rum soaked raisins ( do not drain). Fold into the batter.

8. Transfer to baking pans. Bake for 30-35 mins for loaves and 55-60 minutes for bundt.