When in Rome…

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It has been a wonderful summer thus far…oh my! Is it actually summer already? LOL

This summer, for me, has started off with an amazing Mediterranean Cruise! What a trip! We went to Rome, Sorrento, Sicily, Zakynthos and Corfu, Dubrovnik and ended with Venice. Rome was my absolute favorite place! We arrived in the city several days before meeting with the cruise ship and spent every moment walking through Rome…what a gorgeous place! My first time in Italy! I am still smiling from the experience…

When in Rome…they say, do as the Romans do. See the Vatican, visit the Colosseum, eat gelato, walk the Spanish Steps, eat at tables outside the restaurants, eat gelato, order the pasta, drink the wine, eat gelato…need I go on…? It was so much to take in…did I say eat gelato? I am ready to go back…

I soaked up the lifestyle while I was there. I realized that I do not do it right here. Being too hurried every day, too stressed, too many things on my calendar, etc. This trip changed my life, so to speak. I am trying to find that happy medium, that moment of “ahhh…bliss…”  It will take some time, but I know I can do it!

Another unexpected plus in Rome…I also met a Facebook friend for the first time! Barbara, who lives in Italy, saw in my postings that I was heading her way and caught a train to meet me in Rome…how cool was that?!?



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12 Days Before Christmas – Day 9

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Well it’s December 16, 2009 and 9 days before Christmas. I know I said in my earlier blogs that I was giving you finger food recipes, but…a friend of mine (you can follow her on twitter @lindayee1) gave me this recipe just this week and I wanted to share it with you. It is a tiramisu recipe from a restuarant in Chiusi, Italy. It’s a small town in the Siena, Tuscany area. The chef of a local restaurant gave her cooking lessons and she is sharing this recipe with us…it is awesome.

Ingredients needed:

1 carton 500grams Marscapone Cheese, softened
4 eggs
5 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons Brandy
1/2 package Pavesini or Lady Fingers
50grams dark chocolate

Seperate egg yolks from egg whites into seperate bowls. Beat egg whites until stiff. Set aside.
Wisk sugar and brandy into egg yolks, then add softened marscapone cheese slowly beating after each addition.
Carefully fold egg whites into egg yolk mixture only until mixed and set aside. Finely chop chocolate and set aside. Make two cups of expresso and pour into a shallow dish. Dip half of the Pavesini in the expresso and line the bottom of a shallow baking dish. Top with half of the egg mixture and then with half of the chocolate. Dip the remaining Pavesini in the expresso and form a second layer. Top with the remaining egg mixture and top it off with the remaining chocolate. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Can be made a day ahead and kept in the refrigerator. If covered, this will last for several days.

Serves 6-8


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