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Cannella Vita

The story of a girl baking her way through high school.

Weekend Cook and Tell: A Sandwich a Day

One of my favorite sandwiches ever is my Caprese breakfast tartine. With fresh basil, tomatoes, and lots of melty Mozzarella -- its perfect! Topped with fresh herb butter and a fried egg, this sandwich is perfection.
http://cannella-vita.blogspot.com/2012/05/caprese-breakfast-tartines-and-zucchini.html

Tips on food blogging?

My biggest tip is take good photographs of your food. Then you can submit your photos to photo-sharing sites like Foodgawker and Tastespotting, and those drive TONS of page views to your blog everyday. The biggest source of traffic on my blog is Foodgawker. I am only in high school, but I still get thousands of page views a day. Check out my blog at cannella-vita.blogspot.com

How to save recipes from magazines

I have a super fun way of organizing them that makes this "chore" into a fun arts-and-crafts project. I compile the clippings in a big notebook and I have a collection of visually appealing recipes and pictures at my fingertips. It would also make a great gift for someone. Here is a post describing my project in greater detail:
http://cannella-vita.blogspot.com/2012/08/diy-organize-your-recipes.html

What to serve with baked zucchini fritters?

Thank you so much! These are all wonderful ideas! I ended up serving it with some grilled salmon, but I will have to try and make them again sometime -- and that sauce sounds amazing!

Best baked goods to bring as a gift to a friend

If you don't want to have to carry a ton of cupcakes, I have perfected a few recipes that yield just 2-4 cupcakes, enough for you, her and a friend! (carrying a dozen cupcakes while traveling is no fun!)

Chocolate cupcakes for two:http://cannella-vita.blogspot.com/2012/04/chocolate-cupcakes-for-two.html

Funfetti cupcakes for two: http://cannella-vita.blogspot.com/2012/04/funfetti-cupcakes-for-two.html

Pre-5K race menu option during a heat wave

Here are some foods that have a natural, Ayurvedic cooling effect:

coconut water (keeps electrolytes going)
mint
watermelon
mango
onion
cucumber
buttermilk

Best pie in Washington DC ?

Leopold's Kafe in Georgetown has a killer apple strudel! Check out my full review of them here:http://cannellavita.blogspot.com/2012/02/leopolds.html

Make at home breakfast sandwich

I made these and they were AMAZING! The recipe is designed to be frozen and reheated, so you can make a bunch and enjoy egg-mcmuffin goodness whenever!
http://www.theyummylife.com/Egg_McMuffin

This Hole-ee Day

Why not try and make your own? I made my own donuts, and they turned out beautifully! Such a simple recipe as well! http://cannellavita.blogspot.com/2012/05/baked-donuts.html

What should I do with all of these lovely strawberries?

Bake them into a strawberry rhubarb pie! I just made one of the best pies ever using this recipe: http://cannellavita.blogspot.com/2012/06/strawberry-rhubarb-pie.html#

Rhubarb recipes?

I just made a stellar rhubarb pie -- one of the best pies I have ever eaten!
http://cannellavita.blogspot.com/2012/06/strawberry-rhubarb-pie.html#

Pie of the Week: Strawberry Rhubarb

I love this! I have almost perfected the recipe! Check out my strawberry rhubarb pie here: http://cannellavita.blogspot.com/2012/06/strawberry-rhubarb-pie.html#

Sunday Brunch: Pound Cake

I love pound cake! This looks like a great recipe -- I have a slightly funky recipe for a killer lemon pound cake, that uses olive oil and yogurt instead of butter : http://cannellavita.blogspot.com/2012/05/lemon-yogurt-pound-cake.html

Iced Lemon Loaf

Love this recipe! Here is my tried and true lemon yogurt loaf recipe:
http://cannellavita.blogspot.com/2012/05/lemon-yogurt-pound-cake.html

Cook the Book: Lemon Olive Oil Cake

I made a recipe similar to this, and it is the best lemon cake I have ever had! Check out my slightly modified recipe here:
http://cannellavita.blogspot.com/2012/05/lemon-yogurt-pound-cake.html

Lobster Roll Rumble: 18 Lobster Rolls in America

Hank's Oyster Bar's lobster roll is good, but I actually like my lobster rolls with a lot of mayo! (call me crazy!). If you do end up going to Hank's though, ORDER THE MAC AND CHEESE! It is crazy good, with bread crumbs on the top, and creamy cheese on the bottom.

6 Spots for Delicious Strudel in the Washington, D.C. Area

YES! I am a D.C. native and Kafe Leopold's is hands down one of my favorite venues. The apple strudel really is to die for! Check out my review on my blog here: http://cannellavita.blogspot.com/2012/02/leopolds.html

Where to eat in D.C.?

You got it right with the food court at the Native American Museum (the fry bread is TO DIE FOR)

1) Rasika -- the hottest restaurant in the city.

2) Leopold's Kafe -- a quiet, European-style restaurant tucked away in the chic neighborhood of Georgetown.

Check out my more detailed reviews of the places on my blog:
cannellavita.blogspot.com

Baking Inspiration

Everyone loves cheesecake -- why not make it portable with Oreo cheesecake cookies? http://cannellavita.blogspot.com/2012/04/oreo-cheesecake-cookies.html

Ice cream flavors that go well with pie?

Hey everyone! I am holding a pie-themed event this Wednesday, and want some cool ice cream flavors to make to go along with the pie. I already made an apple pie flavored ice cream (with graham cracker crumbs, sauteed apples, and fresh caramel). I want another flavor that would go well with pies. Vanilla bean is always a hit, but I'm looking for something perhaps a bit more interesting. I do not have an ice cream maker, so I use the condensed milk and whipped cream method to make my ice cream.

What to serve with baked zucchini fritters?

Hey guys, I have some of these baked zucchini fritters in the oven, and I was wondering if you had any ideas of what to serve them with to make it a balenced dinner. A main dish would be nice (something with protein, but not to heavy), but even a really good dipping sauce suggestion would be splendid.

Do you have a killer zucchini bread recipe?

Hi! I have a bunch of zucchinis lying around, and I really want to make a zucchini bread! The number of different recipes out there is overwhelming, and I was wondering if any of you have family recipes or favorites that you could share!
Thanks,
Erica

Best Popover Recipe?

Hi! I am in search of a killer popover recipe. I have tried the Mariposa popovers and they turned out pretty good, but I am looking for an even better recipe with golden sky-high puffs! There are an overwhelming number of different techniques/recipes out there that I was wondering if any you could share some special insight from experience on what worked (or what didn't) for you!

Pâte à Choux Puffs (Cream Puffs)

Pâte à choux (pronounced pat-ah-choo) is the paste-like dough used for making the crispy shells of cream puffs, éclairs, gougères, and profiteroles. Once you understand the technique, making choux at home is easy. The hard part is choosing a filling. Some favorites include: pastry cream, pudding, chocolate ganache, whipped lox and cream cheese, or jam. More