A Taste of Home: Grandma’s Irish Soda Bread

Grandma's Irish Soda Bread

“Tomorrow, St. Patrick’s Day, would be my grandmother’s 89th birthday. I’m often asked from where I gather my inspiration in the kitchen. It’s all her. She passed in 2011. I started my blog two weeks later.”

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A Taste of Home: Nana’s Famous Fudge Brownies

Nana's Famous Fudge Brownies

“We eat these fudge brownies every 4th of July and every Christmas with Nana’s homemade Peppermint Ice Cream. The combination is quite other-worldly. There is only one thing better than these fudge brownies, and that is: these fudge brownies with a side of peppermint ice cream.”

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A Taste of Home: Grandma’s Bread Pudding

Grandma's Bread Pudding

“Speaking of Josh’s grandma, I really feel like I could write a million blog posts about how wonderful she was. She was such a kind person and had the best sense of humor. It was literally impossible to not crack a smile when you were around her.

My favorite memory of her was the time she got up on the dance floor at our wedding and danced like no one was watching. Although she’s no longer with us, one thing that we will always have is the memories and her amazing bread pudding recipe.”

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A Taste of Home: Grandma’s Ambrosia Salad

Michelle of The Brown Eyed Baker

“It seemed that my grandma could make ambrosia appear out of thin air, and we never ran out. How is that possible?!

Actually, it’s possible when you’re talking about an Italian lady who felt that the best way to show people you love them is to feed them. Then feed them some more. Then, even when they’re so full they can barely speak, you urge them to eat more, claiming that you hardly saw anything on their plate. That’s love.”

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A Taste of Home: Aunt Mary’s Pizzelle Cookies

Mother's Day A Taste of Home

I’m feeling particularly nostalgic this Mother’s Day. April would have marked my grandmother’s 91st birthday—she passed way in October. I’m incredibly grateful for the 40+ years that I had with her, and when Tree Classics asked me to share an heirloom recipe I knew this was the perfect opportunity to explore her recipe box. It didn’t take me long to settle on making her pizzelle cookies. I can’t remember a holiday without them, and hers were my absolute favorite. Not overly sweet, crispy, with a subtle vanilla flavor. Many Italians use anise to flavor and I am firmly in the “I strongly dislike anise/black licorice” camp, so vanilla is a perfect alternative.

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