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Pistachio Torrone

Photo Jan 07, 12 26 05 AM PISTACHIO TORRONE FOR BLOG

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Hi Everyone

Happy New Year!

I hope you are all well and everyone enjoyed their New Year’s Eve. I wish you many blessings along with good health, prosperity, lots of love & laughter and the making of terrific memories in 2020. Let’s start the decade off with all good things.

Today is a special DishingwithDiane post for me because I want to honor one of my dearest friends; my friend Roseanne.

Roseanne is selfless. She always puts other people first and has the kindest and most genuine heart. I am very fortunate to have her in my life and I just love her.

In addition to being the perfect friend, she is also the perfect baker and there isn’t anything she can’t bake. Every bite is so delicious, it could put you in a trance. 

When I had my “false alarm” call for the heart transplant, Roseanne sent me her famous brownies with a note that brownies make things better and she was right. A perfect brownie does take away all sadness.

Well, Roseanne has done it again. And just when you thought you couldn’t possibly look at another dessert after the holidays, I have the ultimate dessert I have to share with you.

Roseanne sent Bob & I a special gift of her pistachio torrone to enjoy on New Year’s Eve and it was fabulous. For those of you not familiar with torrone, it is an Italian nut and nougat confection.

You have probably seen the original version with the paper wafers and not covered in chocolate.

Ferrara Torrone - 6.35oz

I posted the photo of Roseanne’s torrone on Facebook and the reaction was overwhelming. Roseanne was very gracious and offered to share her recipe, so here it is. I hope you try it and enjoy.

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Roseanne’s homemade Pistachio Torrone.

Photo Jan 07, 12 28 00 AM pistachio TORRONE

Chocolate Pistachio Torrone

1. Melt approximately 5 ounces of dark chocolate in a double boiler.
2. Put some of the melted chocolate in base of a silicon loaf pan (a ¼
layer or less.) Roll pan to coat sides of the pan up to about one inch.
3. Freeze or refrigerate until hard.
4. Melt 7 ounces of white chocolate in a double boiler. Add 1 jar of
Pistachio paste (7 ounces) Then add 4+ ounces of pistachios. Stir
well.
5. Spread on top of the chocolate base. Freeze or refrigerate until hard.
6. Leave out on the counter until it is room temperature.
7. Melt some more dark chocolate to spread on the pistachio layer. This
actually becomes the bottom.
8. Freeze or refrigerate.
9. Remove from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature. Then
with a sharp knife, trim the excess chocolate. Turn over on a plate.
The silicone pan will let you bend it to remove the Torrone.
Keep refrigerated.

Easier method:
1. Put melted dark chocolate in the base of the pan. Do not roll. Refrigerate.
2. Pour pistachio mixture over top. Refrigerate.
3. Put one more layer of chocolate on top. Refrigerate.
This wouldn’t look as good but will taste the same. You can also do it with
one layer of chocolate for a nice pistachio candy which will save time.

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I hope all you bakers out there, give this recipe a try. You will absolutely love it as much as we do.  PS- it freezes well too.

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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Happy New Year!

NEW YEAR 2020

To all my Prayer Warriors, Friends, Family, and Members…

Hi Everyone,

I want to take this time to wish you all a very Happy New Year filled with love, health, happiness, laughter, and prosperity and also to thank you for all your love, caring and support that you have shown me this past year.

2019 has been a bittersweet year for me… I am elated and blessed to receive a new heart and the gift of life but also sad to think of my donor’s family and their grief. I wonder about my donor every day and hopefully, I will get some answers this year.

It has been a hard year of recovery with many ups and downs but all of you stayed by my side and gave me the strength to carry on and move forward. You all mean the world to me and I thank you for patience while DishingwithDiane was on hold.

I will continue to move on with your love and support and every day I pray that all of you receive many blessings for your kindness.

I feel that this new year, new month, a new decade and a new heart will bring many blessed days ahead and I hope that we continue to share this journey together. 

I will be back shortly with all of my tablescapes and more recipes. You are the best group of members anyone can ask for and I feel as if you all have become extended family.

Stay tuned for DishingwithDiane’s comeback. 

With warm hugs and love,
Diane 2.0

Holiday Nougat Candy …

Photo Dec 20, 7 24 10 PM Holiday nougat

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Hi Everyone, 

I hope you are all wrapped, ready and waiting for the holidays.

That’s not the case for me. I am so far behind, it should be October on my calendar. I thought that I was able to do it all this year but my body doesn’t want to cooperate. I am not at 100% healing yet and my stamina (or lack thereof) reminds me at every turn.

I am almost done wrapping my gifts. I put on Christmas music and tried to get in the holiday mood and the more I wrapped, the more I realized that it would be so much easier if everyone got gift cards. Something to think about for next year.

Bob and I were going to have a mellow Christmas this year because I am just not up to all the preparation. We didn’t send Christmas cards because other than a picture of me in a hospital gown after surgery (not my best look) there are no 2019 family photos for a card, so we made a donation to the Mayo Clinic Heart Transplant Center instead.

I didn’t even want to put up the Christmas tree or have a big Christmas Day dinner. I wanted to just celebrate with the Christmas Eve Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes  (my all-time favorite meal) and have leftovers the next day and relax. Then we got the call…

It was from Michael, all excited that he was able to take four days off and come home for Christmas. After this call, I sprung into action like Santa’s reindeer on Christmas Eve. As soon as I hung up the phone, we took down the Christmas tree and decorations from the attic and decorated the house. I was exhausted. And as any devoted and loving mother would do, I promised I would bake all of his favorite Christmas cookies.

After all, having Michael come home is the best gift I could ask for; and I want this holiday to be special for him.

I am even preparing a mini Thanksgiving dinner one night that he is home because he missed Thanksgiving and had to work.

I am starting off slow and I will post as I go along. To start me off, my dear friend Elise Feiner, who manages Foodfanataholics on Facebook, passed along a recipe that is the new trend on Facebook…

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Holiday Nougat Candy

Very festive candy made with simple ingredients that looks great in a candy dish or as a filler addition to a cookie tray.

I wanted to share Elise’s recipe with all of you.

For all who know me well, you know I have to tweak a recipe (I can’t help myself), so I added marshmallow flavoring to the batter. I hope you try the nougat and enjoy it. 

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Nougat Candy by Elise Feiner

2-3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 (283 gram) bags Kraft mini marshmallows
2 (312 gram) bags Ghirardelli Classic White Chocolate Chips
2 cups gumdrops or I used 4 (6.5 ounces -184 gram) boxes of Dots It was more than 2 cups but it worked well and you don’t have to measure

COOKS NOTE: I added 1/2 tsp of marshmallow flavoring

Note: Once you start the actual process of making the nougat, you must work very quickly so have everything prepped and ready to go.

Prepare a 9 x 13 baking pan with a flat bottom. First I put a layer of aluminum foil so it would stay clean because I am lazy. Then, lay a double layer of parchment paper on each half of the width of the pan and one double layer right down the middle of the pan to form parchment slings. Then lay a piece of parchment paper over the slings, see the photos below. Spray the parchment and the sides of the pan with PAM. Open all your bags and boxes. I slit them down the middle to work faster.

You can either do this in a large pot or in a large glass bowl over a pot of boing water to form a double boiler. Whichever method you choose. Make sure you spray your pan or bowl very well with PAM or another non-stick spray. Spray your spoon that you will stir the mix with on both sides with Pam and spray a spatula with PAM as well.

Melt the butter and then white chocolate chips stir until they are just about melted. Add the marshmallows and stir until almost melted. Carefully move the glass bowl (use potholders it is very hot) if you are using that to the microwave and microwave at 30-second intervals until completely smooth (it took me 2 minutes.) first together until smooth. Fold in gumdrops or Dots. Spread on a parchment-lined 9 x 13 pan, using a spatula to pat it down. It is thick and you have to work fast. I used my hands in the end, it was warm but not hot but check the temperature so you don’t get burned… Chill overnight in the refrigerator. Cut into squares. You may store this is in the freezer.

I packaged the nougat in small ( 4 X 3 ) bags from Amazon. 

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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Apple Cake

Photo Nov 29, 10 32 57 PM (1) APPLE CAKE

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Hi Everyone,

I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful.

I posted a picture of my apple cake to Facebook and I have been receiving so many requests to post the recipe.
 I just had to share it with all of my members.
It has to be the easiest cake recipe I ever made.
This was my go-to cake for every bake sale when my son was in school back in the day (he is 29 years old now. I won’t do the math, the number of years fly by too quickly).
Anyway, simple ingredients and tastes great every time. I made it as part of my Thanksgiving desserts and Bob was beyond happy. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.

APPLE CAKE

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • ½ cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup OJ
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 ½ cup flour
  • 1 ½ tsp. Baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. Salt

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  • 3 medium-size Macintosh apples (peeled and sliced)

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  • ¼ cup sugar & 1 tsp. Cinnamon – blended

PROCEDURE:

  1. Beat the first 8 ingredients until smooth
  2. Pour ½ the batter into a greased and floured tube pan
  3. Layer with half of the apples
  4. Sprinkle with the sugar/cinnamon mixture
  5. Add remaining batter
  6. Add remaining apples
  7. Add remaining sugar/cinnamon mixture
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour
  9. Cool on a rack and serve with a coating of powdered sugar

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Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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Photo Nov 29, 10 38 53 PM (1) DESSERT

Since I am sharing, I wanted to share this slideshow of my

Thanksgiving meal for 2019.

If there is a recipe that interests you, please let me know….

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A Grateful Heart is a Happy Heart

thankful heart THANKFUL HEART

Dear Prayer Warriors and DishingwithDiane members,

I just wanted to take this time to wish you all a very
Happy Thanksgiving!

This is a very special Thanksgiving for me, one that I never thought that I would see. I am beyond grateful for the gift of life and for my heart donor and their wonderful family that chose to save others in their time of grief.

It is very hard for me to put my feelings into words and I feel as if I cannot fully express my gratitude.

What can you say when someone saves your life, gives you a second chance to live and make memories with your loved ones, allows you to be surrounded by friends and go out into the world and have fun and not spend most of your time within the four walls of a hospital.

There are no words for that.

Heartfelt, grateful, blessed….my feelings run deeper than that. It hasn’t been an easy journey to complete healing so far, there have been many setbacks, but it is my golden opportunity for a great life.

They told me that recovery from heart transplant would take over a year and at first, I thought that was too long but they were so right. I am slowly coming around to my old self and getting a little further along in my healing each day.

And you, my prayers warriors and members were there with me through it all and I couldn’t have done it without your love, caring and support.

You lit the fire in me to keep going and I will cherish each and every one of you for as long as I live.

I am extremely grateful this Thanksgiving for my new life and for my loving husband, Bob (who is my angel on earth) and my wonderful son, Michael. They are both my reason for living.

I plan on getting stronger and stronger and having many happy, healthy days and hopefully meet some of my prayer warriors and members in person.

I thank you for your patience, understanding and kind words while DishingwithDiane was “on hold” from all my tablescapes posts and recipes so I could heal and recover.

I will be back posting full time in 2020, which will also be the blog’s

5th Anniversary.

Hard to believe that time went by so fast.

I totally enjoy sharing my stories, recipes, and tablescapes with all of you, and I feel as if you are all my extended family. 

I want to thank you again for joining and asking your friends and family to join. Spread the word and keep bringing new members in to join the family. I would deeply appreciate that.

Remember, be kind to each other, stop and enjoy the small things, make beautiful memories and live each day to the fullest.

So, have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends. 

I wish you many blessings daily.

LOVE YOU!

Diane 2.0

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well!