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Irene loves to think, read and dream about food. She enjoys cooking & eating in general. Although she demures about her talents, Irene has a finely-tuned palate that her friends envy. She bakes on occasion. The rest of the time she's creating memories with her family and friends. . . or she's learning a new needlecraft technique.

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Deborah is a wife, mother, grandmother, traveler, bootlegger, and a very poor speller! As Victor Hazan so eloquently puts it, Deborah has chosen Umbria to be the home of her soul. When she can’t be there in body, she spends her free time cooking & reading about Italy. She blogs mostly about food and about trips – past and future – here: Old Shoes New Trip.

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Doug lives in Eastern Ontario in a farmhouse built in 1903. He is a retired teacher with four adult children, a wife, a son-in-law, two Irish step-grandchildren and one grandson who he is lucky to hang with a lot. He has way too many books. Doug also blogs at To Slow Time Down.

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Cindy lives in Eagle River, Alaska where her freezer is always full of salmon, halibut & shrimp. Cindy participates in several regular cooking challenges. You can read more about her cooking and life in the last frontier on her blog, Baked Alaska.

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Sandi is a true Southerner, but a traveler & Italian cook at heart. She lives in Alabama and knows more about fried green tomatoes than fricassees. Her family owned the WhistleStop Café for many years. Sandi also blogs at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking.

About Jan

Jan, a serious home cook, has owned “Essentials” since 1992. She is passionate about all things Italian, especially the cuisine & the language. Jan blogs about her travels (next trip Italy May/June of 2010) at: Keep your Feet in the Street.

About Jerry

Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

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Palma is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Palm Desert, CA. She’s an Italian-American with a passion for cooking, entertaining, & travel to Italy. She’s always planning her next culinary adventure to Italia on her blog, Palmabella's Passions

About Kim

Kim is our permanent sub and the image above gives you a good idea of the look on her face when she realized she was drafted. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think.

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Apple Fritters

The only way I've had a dish called apple fritters is as a fried dough. This simple treatment is so much more delicious.


The peeled, sliced apple rings are soaked for an hour in a mixture of sugar, grated lemon peel, and rum. Then they are dipped in a pastella and fried in hot vegetable oil until they become a golden brown.


After draining, they're served hot with a simple dusting of powdered sugar.

Here is where I veered off the straight and narrow just a teeny bit. There was a couple of tablespoons of that rum mixture left. I hated to waste it. So I blended it together with equal parts mascarpone and Bulgarian yogurt to make a sauce which I spread in the center of the plate before arranging the fritters on top.


Comments (1)

Marcella Hazan:

Is it because we are approaching the finish line that you are beginning to take liberties?

I have had mascarpone with rum, but never with yoghurt, and it sounds like a good idea. Bulgarian? The imported yoghurts in our Whole Foods are all from Greece. Both my mother and my mother-in-law used to make their own yoghurts.

Deborah responds:

LOL, Marcella! Maybe it is because we are approaching the end, or maybe it is just Spring fever!

I know everyone gets tired of me bragging on my local international mega-store - Global Foods. But that is where I get the Bulgarian Yogurt. It is somewhat like Greek. Made with whole milk. Nice and firm. But it is sweeter with much less tang that Greek yogurt. Lends itself very well to dessert applications.

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