Friday, April 2, 2010

Italian Easter Cookies

Who doesn't love visiting Italy? In numerous trips there over the years I never had one bad experience. Not one.

Whether I am in Rome, Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Apulia, Cortina, South Tyrol, Italian Riviera or Amalfi Coast, as far as I'm concerned, everything is delicious and beautiful in Italy. The sights, the people, the eats, the goods, the spirit, the weather, the language. All of it. Just yum.

I joke with my girlfriends that the fundamental difference between my husband and myself is what we each think would be fun to do with a free weekend.

Me - Shopping and eating in Italy.

Dr. B - Conducting a mass casualty exercise.

Just kidding.

OK, not really.

Vive le Differenze!

Makes me restless to travel again. I can thank the King Arthur Flour website for that. It's there I found this recipe for adorable Italian Easter Cookies. Couldn't resist.

The little doughnut shapes were fun to do. As I was making them and listening to the rain coming down outside, I imagined I was sitting in a sun drenched piazza sipping Limoncello...

Once I came to and cleared the dull roar of imaginary Vespas out of my head, I focused on the cookies and realized how easy it is to switch out the colors to celebrate different and green for Christmas or black and orange for Halloween. You get the idea. Feel free to pile on the sugar decorations and glitter as well. Like Italy, the possibilities for beauty and deliciousness are endless.

They are the perfect accompaniment to a cup of espresso or caffè.

Once in a while the husband and I do find ourselves in Italy at the same time.  Our first Valentine's Day together, we spend a romantic weekend in Rome.  It was also our first Italian experience as a couple and luckily, there have been several since.

Here is a pix of us on a motorcycle trip in Madonna di Campiglio with the Dolomites in the background.

If you'll excuse me now, I am going to go eat some cookies and surf the web for cheap flights to Sicily. Ciao!

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