I love to cook. Isn’t that obvious? I have a cooking blog, so therefore I love to cook, right? This means I have an overabundance of cooking magazines in my house, recipe clippings I’ve snuck out of magazines from doctor offices and a vast collection of cookbooks to turn to. And then there are my fellow bloggers online, cable tv and just plain Google search. Your head can spin with the recipe choices out there.
I am also a creature of habit. If there is a chef, cookbook or blogger who continuously provides me with home-run recipes, then I tend to return to them for future recipes and inspiration. Which takes me to one of my most prized possessions in my cookbook collection: Sophia Loren’s Recipes & Memories
I bought this cookbook over 10 years ago. It was first published in 1998. Ms. Loren taught me how to cook Italian food. She also made me look good to my new husband and his family when they came over to dinner during those early years of marriage.
The food pictures in her cookbook made my mouth water. Her stories about her friends and family made me smile. Ms. Loren’s pictures made me jealous! And her classic Italian recipes are each home-runs. I know. I’ve made almost every single recipe in her book.
One of my favorite recipes is Sophia Loren’s Vanilla Pastry Cream. I’ve made this recipe numerous of times. I’ve kept it simple and served it with fresh berries.
And it’s equally delicious with her Simple Sponge Cake or even a pound cake, whether homemade or store-bought.
And, it’s even better right out of the bowl, with a finger or spoon!