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    Tribute to The Queen of all Daring Bakers, Lis

    Occasionally, if you are lucky in life, as I am, you meet someone whose unique qualities create a whole new color in the crayon box of your life. Lisa Cifelli was that sort of a person for me. Her humor, kindness and humanity were amazing. She could also swear you into a whole new dictionary- which, I think, made me love her even more. 🙂 Lisa of La Mia Cucina and Ivonne of Cream Puffs in Venice co-founded the Daring Bakers (which eventually expanded and morphed into Daring Kitchen) in November of 2006 more on that here. They challenged each other to make a Hot Buttered Pretzel recipe and then post about it,…

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    Try a Maltese Tradition and enjoy World Figolli Day!

    I admit I had never heard of a “Figolli” before Nanette of Gourmet Worrier invited me to participate in her “World Figolli Day” event. It turns out that they are a quite yummy traditional Easter treat from Malta. Sort of a cross between a cookie and a hand pie, they are made from a citrus zest flecked,  egg yolk enriched, buttery short dough that sandwiches a delicious almond filling made fragrant with orange blossom water. You mix up the dough and chill it briefly, then roll it out very thinly, cut into shapes, spread the filling, then top with another cut out of the same shape. You bake them, cool them and…

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