Monza Grand Prix Cookies

Every year the first week of September in Monza is totally dedicated to the Grand Prix. The town is immersed in Ferrari mania with stores displaying Ferrari gadgets, race cars parked in the squares, people brightly dressed in red – and even some bakeries turning out cookies with the famous trademark. This afternoon the first two pole positions were won to the joy of Ferrari fans by Raikkonen and Vettel. Good luck for tomorrow!
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Aquafaba Coconut Macaroons

These aquafaba coconut macaroons actually turned out better without egg whites. More crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside, almost like your favorite chocolate covered coconut bar. They’re so quick to make with few ingredients using no flour or fat. The chocolate icing is a no-brainer: just pop a little piece of chocolate on top of the macaroons as soon as they come out of the oven and they’ll frost themselves! Just let them cool a few minutes. (if you can wait!) Continue reading

Mexican Wedding Cakes

These super easy Mexican Wedding Cakes also go under the name of “Russian Tea Cakes” and are just about the easiest cookie to make: just mix a few simple ingredients, roll into walnut sized balls and bake! They’re always a favorite at family gatherings. I like to make them around Christmas time as they look so much like little snow balls. Continue reading

Tearose Deli

I love cooking and baking but now and then I need a break! Just a few steps away from my home in Monza there is the lovely Tearose Deli right in Piazza del Duomo facing the beautiful cathedral. Not just a cafe’ but also a place where you can enjoy a light vegetarian (or more appropriately vegan) meal – everything freshly made including the bakery goods. The fresh flowers and garden atmosphere makes this cafe’ a perfect stop in a busy day. Continue reading

Chocolate Oatmeal Nut Truffles

These chocolate oatmeal nut truffles are an easy no bake recipe that can even include kids in their preparation. They’ll have fun mixing and rolling the truffles in the powdered sugar. It might be hard to keep them from tasting their creations though! As an added plus they’re gluten free too. Continue reading