It’s down to 93° today – we’re practically freezing.

I’ve been wanting to play Italian all week but the weather just hasn’t cooperated.  I have serious motivation issues when the thermometer rises above 78°.  I just don’t feel like spending time in the kitchen.  I’m going to have to wait until fall, I think.

In the meantime, we still have to eat, so bacon burgers on the barbie, it is.  Cooking bacon on the grill is a lot of fun.  I lay it out on the upper rack and let it slowly cook.  The grease usually flares up so I make sure to watch it, but it really comes out tasty.

Speaking of Italy, there’s a dessert I’ve been wanting to make since first having it in Florence.  It was so good, I actually had it at two different restaurants.  It’s thinly-sliced sponge cake drizzled with lemocello, and layered with pastry cream and then topped with meringue.

I haven’t found a recipe for the dish and searching the web I keep coming up with variations on Zuppa Iglesse.  I saw it made in a large, deep casserole dish – making many servings.  Most of the one’s I’m seeing are actual cakes but the ingredients are right.  I think my dish may just be a variation on it.  We’re heading to Point Pleasant for my birthday, so I think I may bring a batch to share with everyone.

In the meantime, rumor has it it’s only going to be high 80’s tomorrow.  Time to break out the winter coats.