The lemon olive oil cake of your dreams, dressed festively with layers of whipped mascarpone cheese, lemon curd, a honey lemon blueberry sauce and finished with fresh blackberries. The perfect marriage between the classic Italian lemon olive oil cake and Tiramisu. Today I bring to you the first official cake on Ciao Florentina, I don’t […]

Three Cheese Peach and Prosciutto Pizza with Basil and Honey Balsamic Reduction

If there were an ultimate summer pizza I’d have to say, in my opinion, this should definitely be it! I couldn’t believe how amazingly delicious this pizza was! Like, I’m thinking this should now be added to my menu on a weekly basis. Just imagine a soft pizza crust topped with garlic oil and layered […]


If we go out to eat and Tiramisu’s on the dessert menu it’s almost always my guaranteed pick. Tiramisu is traditionally made with ladyfingers, but I used Angel Food Cake soaked in liquor infused espresso or strong coffee could be used, and then covered in creamy marscapone mixture that’s hard to keep from eating straight […]

How to Grill Pizza

The first time I heard of making pizza on a grill all I could think of was, why would anyone want to do that? Now that I’ve done it more than a few times I can think of several reasons, the first being who wants to heat up an oven to 450°F or higher on […]


We loved this NO BAKE Cookie Dough Cheesecake — it’s made with edible cookie dough and an Oreo crust and is an extra special dessert for the holidays! What is it about cookie dough that everyone loves? I remember as a child consuming my fair share of cookie dough while I was supposed to be […]


Ah, it’s Friday. Let’s take a moment, take a deep breath and know that the weekend is upon us and we made it thru the week. (Pause for a moment of reflection). Ok, much better! So what is on your agenda this weekend? Perhaps some apple picking, shopping, chores around the house or just simply […]

Big & Cheesy Pepperoni Pockets

Enjoy these cheesy pepperoni hand pies made using Pillsbury® Big & Flaky dinner rolls – a delicious dinner that’s ready in 25 minutes. INGREDIENTS : 1 can (12 oz) Pillsbury™ Grands ®! Big & Flaky crescent dinner rolls 4 tablespoons marinara sauce 64 slices pepperoni (5 oz) 1 1/3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (5 oz) […]

Nutella and Banana Stuffed Crescent Rolls

Stuff a buttery crescent roll with banana and a schmear of Nutella, roll it in cinnamon sugar, and bake. This is the easiest recipe for happiness, in 10 minutes flat. Am I the only one with a banana-Nutella addiction? The mini-Karen-angel on my shoulder says, “let’s be healthy Karen! Have a banana for a snack!” […]

Blackberry Ricotta Pizza with Basil

A simple pizza for lazy summer nights! It is mostly cheese and blackberries, which is a fabulous combo. Add some basil on top to make things a little more sophisticated, and you are on your way to an easy dinner the whole family will love! Last week I was swimming at the lake with my […]