RASPBERRY LEMONADE FIZZ

Make Raspberry Lemonade Fizz the “signature drink” at your next party! It only takes 3 ingredients and everything can be made ahead. People spend a lot of time planning their menus around the holidays: Cocktail parties, get togethers with friends, Ugly Sweater Parties, and the actual holidays themselves. With the food bound to be plentiful […]

Lemon Blueberry Bread Recipe

Of all the quick breads we had growing up, this beautifully glazed berry-studded loaf is the best! The lemon glaze adds a lustrous finish and locks in moisture. —Julianne Johnson, Grove City, Minnesota   Ingredients 1/3 cup butter, melted 1 cup sugar 3 tablespoons lemon juice 2 eggs 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking […]

CRISPY POTATOES WITH GARLIC LEMON AVOCADO AIOLI

Today I want to talk to you about some of my favourite bright and shiny NEW and awesome things. First of all, the obvious: We’ve got a new month starting and it just so happens to be the brightest and shiniest of the year! December, aka “Christmas month”, starts tomorrow! And in just 31 days, […]

ITALIAN FRESH CREAM LEMON CAKE

Italian Fresh Cream Lemon Cake, made with fresh Cream.  The Perfect Breakfast or Snack Cake.  Fast, Easy and so Delicious Lemon Cake. With Christmas right at our doorsteps. I hope you have had fun baking and cooking and that almost everything is done, from shopping to wrapping. And now you can put up your feet […]

Lemon Sugar Baked Donuts

Lemon Sugar Baked Donuts are light, citrusy, and generously coated in a crunchy, lemon-zest infused sugar…the perfect sunny treat for breakfast or dessert! The food blogger side of me is a little embarrassed to admit that I’m decidedly late to the baked donut craze, having only bought my first donut pans a month or so […]

LEMON OLIVE OIL CAKE RECIPE WITH BERRIES & MASCARPONE

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 […]

QUINOA, ASPARAGUS, PEA AND LEMON SALAD

To my very dear blog reader friends, We are friends, right? I feel like we’ve become friends over the last 6 months. I feel like we have shared interests, we know what each other likes (giant towering cakes and anything with salted caramel in). We’ve shared tender moments and moments of frustration. Well, we’ve reached […]

Crispy Baked Avocado Fries & Chipotle Dipping Sauce

Fresh sliced avocado, coated in crispy panko breadcrumbs and baked to perfection. These avocado fries are incredibly tasty and easy to make and are sure to impress the pickiest eaters. There’s one thing I never get tired of making and that’s baked veggies. Especially when they replace unhealthy alternatives and taste just as yummy, even […]

LEMON BLUEBERRY CUPCAKES

My favorite Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes! Topped with homemade Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting and Fresh Blueberries, they’re simply irresistible. My friends!!! The weekend is at our fingertips and I couldn’t be more excited… to do nothing. I’m talking a feet kicked up on the coffee table, delivery menus at arms length, and Law & Order on […]