Marcella DiLonardo

Marcella DiLonardo, also known as “modest marce,” is a recipe developer, photographer and stylist. She is the creator of the lifestyle blog Hey Modest Marce and author of the cookbook Bake the Seasons (Penguin Canada, 2019). Her focus is on creating simple, approachable & seasonal recipes, putting a modern twist on the classics. Follow her over at @modestmarce to see her latest culinary creations.
I Make This Brownie in a Mug on Repeat (It’s So Easy)
There are plenty of days when we’re fired up and eager to begin a baking project. Unfortunately, those moments don’t always line up with when our chocolate dessert cravings hit. More often than not, we start wanting a warm, fudgy homemade brownie right as we sit down to relax in front of the television, perfectly content to not move for the rest of the night. Unfortunately, we can’t just snap our fingers and have a brownie appear.
Jan 29, 2024
How to Make a Really Great Affogato at Home
No espresso machine required!
Sep 4, 2023
Classic French Apple Cake Is the Perfect Fall Dessert
This fast and fancy dessert is the ultimate crowd-pleaser.
Jul 13, 2023
Italians Make This Low-Effort Zucchini “Tart” All Summer
The best zucchini recipe you need to know.
Jun 10, 2023
My Search for the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies Ended with This Recipe
With crispy golden edges and a gooey center.
Feb 24, 2023
Cinnamon-Sugar Nutella Stuffed French Toast Is Breakfast Goals
Custardy, buttery, and irresistible.
Jan 9, 2023
My Aunt's Fudgy Chocolate Cake, aka Matilda Cake
There are two very key ingredients.
Aug 18, 2022
Vegetarian Chili Cheese Nachos
An easy 30-minute chili, store-bought queso, and alllll the toppings come together in this satisfying snack.
Feb 9, 2022
Crispy Air Fryer Tofu Nuggets Are a Meatless Monday Win
Thanks to a seasoned panko coating, each and every bite is packed with bold flavor.
Aug 23, 2021
Ratatouille Pizza Is the Beautiful, Brilliant Answer to "What's for Dinner?"
Most Wanted
Remy would be proud of this twist on the French classic.
Jul 28, 2021
Easy, Cheesy Zucchini Fritters Are an Italian Summer Staple
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They bring the best of the summer garden — zucchini, basil, and parsley — into a freshly-fried patty.
Jun 9, 2021
Cheesy Jalapeño Popper Rice Balls Are the Tastiest Way to Use Up Leftover Rice
They're crispy on the outside and stuffed with gooey, melty cheese. What could be better?
Apr 7, 2021
"Fried" Ice Cream Is a Creamy, Crunchy Summertime Delight
And it's surprisingly easy to make at home.
Jul 2, 2020
Become Everyone's BFF with This DIY (Easy-as-Pie!) Apple Pie Moonshine
This big-batch moonshine is flavored with all the seasonal spices.
Jan 29, 2020
Cheesecake-Stuffed Baked Apples Are the Perfect Fall Dessert
They'll make your house smell amazing.
Jan 21, 2020
The Secret to a Far Better Pie Dough Is Already in Your Cupboard
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It helps enhance the flavors of nearly every kind of pie.
Sep 20, 2019
The Finishing Touch That Perfects Pies, Muffins, Scones, and Quick Breads
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This is *much* better than regular sugar.
Sep 11, 2019
How to Make Mashed Potatoes Even More Craveable
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Want to make your mashed potatoes really pop? Try a hint of nutmeg.
Sep 9, 2019