Jun 26, 2020 by Gabriele Corcos

To an American, carrot cake means a rich spiced cake frosted with super-sweet cream cheese icing. But to a Tuscan, this moist cake has no spices at all. In fact,…

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Apr 9, 2018 by Gabriele Corcos

Nutella is the chocolate and hazelnut spread that is on almost every Italian’s short list of favorite indulgences. It is typically spread on bread as an afternoon snack with a…

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by Gabriele Corcos

Like all boys, I had more than one favorite dessert. But there was something about my family’s chocolate salami that was fascinating because of its trompe l’oeil appearance—it looks just…

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Feb 10, 2018 by Gabriele Corcos

My grandmother Lola used to bribe my brother and I with this recipe: “First do some chores, then I’ll make you dessert”. Her recipe was a little more straight forward…

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Mar 7, 2017 by Gabriele Corcos

Panna Cotta is that kind of dessert that you would expect in any Italian restaurant, it is a staple, a must, something that screams from the menu: “We are Italians…

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Mar 17, 2016 by Gabriele Corcos

You could get lost browsing a display window of a Tuscan bakery; we surely have a sweet tooth, and aside from real pastry shops, most bars in Italy always carry a…

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Mar 2, 2016 by Gabriele Corcos

Something happened to almost all my cake recipes after I had children: they were turned into muffin recipes. I remember spending my Sundays as a kid in my grandmother kitchen,…

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Dec 12, 2015 by Gabriele Corcos

Pandoro is a traditional cake that appears on every family’s table during the Christmas Holidays and delivers a bountiful of sugar and butter to underscore everybody’s celebratory mood! It has been…

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Nov 29, 2015 by Gabriele Corcos

It does not matter how in advance or how well you try to plan some Holiday playtime for your children, you eventually will have to brake out a cookie cutter. This…

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Nov 23, 2015 by Gabriele Corcos

I did not grew up celebrating Thanksgiving in Tuscany… I vaguely remember a couple of American kids attending my middle school, and how jealous I was when their family made…

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Nov 2, 2015 by Gabriele Corcos

I have a very special relationship with this recipe as it has always been one of my favorite desserts of Fall but also because of the incredible heritage associated with its…

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Oct 16, 2015 by Gabriele Corcos

This cake recipe is absolutely fantastic, not only for the incredible way flavors are layered or the stunning way it looks when served on a platter, but for the surprising…

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Sep 21, 2015 by Gabriele Corcos

Every household has a few favorite baked items; meet our favorite cake! Schiacciata alla Fiorentina is a traditional cake of Tuscany’s Carnival, and it is so appreciated that a few bakeries…

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Aug 15, 2015 by Gabriele Corcos

When in Tuscany it is fairly easy to realize the almost exclusive savory use that people make of ricotta. I remember the last glory days of our farm, when on…

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Aug 5, 2015 by Gabriele Corcos

This recipe has accompanied me during summertime since I can remember. Anytime we would have a grill going either at the farm or at the beach, we would sear peaches…

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Jul 25, 2014 by Gabriele Corcos

We are right now having a blast in Fiesole, shooting the 5th season of Extra Virgin. The girls are running through the fields chasing hares and pheasants, Debi is obsessively…

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Jul 9, 2013 by Gabriele Corcos

I do not like baking that much. I think it is because of the restrictions imposed by working with exact measures and quantities. Not being able to improvise in the…

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Jun 13, 2013 by Gabriele Corcos

Do you ever wake up with a craving? Do you ever start titillating with the idea of a luxurious dinner, even before taking the first sip of your morning coffee? I…

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Aug 19, 2012 by Gabriele Corcos

I remember making Madeleins for the first time when I was a kid and my parents would drop me off at my grandparents for the weekend while my dad was…

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Feb 1, 2012 by Gabriele Corcos

There is no Holiday season without treats! Let us then present you with a luxurious recipe to make sure your taste buds can celebrate properly this coming Christmas.The main ingredient…

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Jan 14, 2012 by Gabriele Corcos

Let’s not be of any disgrace to the common Italian Stereotype, and introduce this recipe for what it is… Tiramisu’ is the Italian food equivalent of Viagra, and it comes…

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Dec 13, 2011 by Gabriele Corcos

It’s the holidays, and this year I won’t be able to go back home to Tuscany… and I know, I will terribly miss seeing my grandmother! It used to be…

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Nov 8, 2011 by Gabriele Corcos

Baking is not really my piece of cake! I do enjoy spending hours at the time in the kitchen, I am ecstatic when I work hard to treat my family…

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Jul 29, 2011 by Gabriele Corcos

Originated in Venice, the Sgroppino is nothing more than a scoop of sorbet drowned in a glass of Prosecco, and it is in Italy a very common summer after dinner…

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Nov 13, 2010 by Gabriele Corcos

Two notes about my cupcake philosophy: More cupcakes, less icing! First. Kids need to know that cupcakes are good, regardless of the color of the icing… I cannot count how…

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Feb 11, 2010 by Gabriele Corcos

This two recipes also are coming straight out of our family book. Since I can remember in fact, every Carnival season my grandmother Lola used to deliver to our house…

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Aug 27, 2009 by Gabriele Corcos

It is almost the end of summer, and if by any chance you happen to have a fruit tree in your backyard or in your garden, this is probably the…

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Dec 22, 2008 by Gabriele Corcos

We do not have much time to indulge in chatting today… we’re all scrambling to get it together before Thursday (Xmas 2008). In case you have some time left in…

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