Me, You, and Tiramisu 

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Tiramisu is one of those awesome, fancy desserts you pay $9 for a small slice at a restaurant. What if I told you that it’s actually really easy to make, and it’ll have you feeling like a boss when you serve this?

I’ll tell you right now, make this easy dessert for your next dinner party, and you’ll blow away your guests. It looks and tastes like it was really challenging to make. But it’s so easy and fun! (But they don’t need to know that. 😏)

Every year, I make my guy a dessert for Valentine’s Day. This year I made him tiramisu because it’s his absolute favorite. I had never made it before, so I was a little nervous.

My Nonna (that’s Italian for grandma), had an amazing recipe she used to make. So, I pulled out her recipe and set to work. If you’ve been looking for a tiramisu recipe, look no further. This is the one. It’s written in her beautiful handwriting. I will tell you more about Nonna and my Nonno and their story in a future post. (It’s a good one 😉 )

Nonna's Tiramisu

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

1 Box of Lady Fingers

1 cup of heavy cream

3 TBS of coffee liquor

5 TBS of mascarpone cheese

2 cups of strong coffee or espresso

Cocoa powder

Cinnamon

Directions:

Using a mixer, whip cream, coffee liquor, and mascarpone cheese until stiff. Next, dip the lady fingers in the cooled coffee or espresso. Lay the dredged lady fingers in a dish. Pour some of the whipped cream mixture over top. Sprinkle a mixture of cocoa powder and cinnamon overtop the cream. Make one more layer and finish by sprinkling more cocoa powder and cinnamon. Refrigerate overnight. Serve cold.

Note: Mascarpone cheese has a similar texture to cream cheese and can be found where your grocery store sells their speciality cheeses.

One of the reasons I love cooking so much, is that it is so much more than simply preparing food to be eaten.  It is sharing something. It is sharing a story, sharing love, a means of expression. On Valentine’s Day, I didn’t make Billy just any tiramisu. I made him Nonna’s tiramisu. Spread the love, and sprinkle some cinnamon.

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My Day as a Food Photographer’s Assistant

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Greetings dear friends!

I can hardly contain my excitement as I write to you this evening as I had the most fantastic day today.

Ever since I was a little girl, food has been a big part of my life.  Being a part of an Italian family, I like to say I was “raised in the kitchen.” Visits to my Nonna and Nonno’s house always consisted of being bombarded with delicious goodies to taste and concocting new recipes in the kitchen.  There was so much love in their kitchen.

My Nonna taught my Mom how to cook and my Mom taught me how to cook. When I was homeschooled, almost every night I’d help my Mom prepare dinner.  I considered this a nightly “cooking class.” I gained a great wealth of culinary knowledge at this time.  At age 10, my cooking passion had begun.  Pretending I had my own cooking show was a daily ritual. My imagination thrived as I’d say, “Hi everyone, my name is Julia and welcome to Italian Cucina.” (That was the name of my “show.”)

As I’ve grown up, my love for cooking has only grown.  Being a home cook is something I enjoy and take pride in.

This past week, a very successful and knowledgable real food and lifestyle blogger and freelance food photographer contacted me. We attend the same church, but had never met.  She asked if I’d be interested in serving as an assistant on occasional food photography shoots. I couldn’t say yes fast enough! She is so very talented and I really admire her work! Please check out her amazing blog Live Simply.

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Today, I worked my first photoshoot with her. It was an absolute blast, not to mention her kitchen is a dream, subway tile and all. I learned a lot of helpful food staging tips and had fun putting together a variety of recipes.  It was really cool to experience all that goes into food blogging and food photography.  It is both an art and a science.

Food is a delight, and the process of creating something tasteful out of it is a beautiful mess.

I’ve always been a tad bit obsessed with scones, but have never made them before.  Today I made pumpkin spice scones, and they were moist and flavorful, with a soft center. Perfection.  Definitely adding that recipe to my box.

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I’m not certain of where God is leading me in my future, but today added a sprinkle of hope within me. I am trusting that God will open doors as He wills. I know He is a loving Father, who has a sovereign plan for my future. (And if there’s food in my future, I’d have absolutely no problem with that 😉 )

Here’s a couple more pictures from today.  I hope you’ve enjoyed a glimpse of my day through the eyes of my iPhone.