Archive | December, 2012

Foodie Gifts

Tweet In Italy it is traditional to give gifts of food during the Christmas season, a practice I have undertaken for many years. It gives me great joy to make my special holiday treats to share with family and give as gifts. The preparation for my baking usually begins the day after Thanksgiving with the […]

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Holiday Cake Pops

Tweet Fun for all, especially the little ones, these cake pops are the solution to “How can we eat our cake and go on our walk at the same time?” This Christmas Eve we are breaking away from our tradition and participating in an event that has been a tradition for hundreds of families in […]

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Candy Cane Marshmallow Pops

Tweet The candy cane, synonymous with Christmas, began as a straight white stick of sugary candy. In the late 1600’s, (about the same time Europeans began using Christmas trees) a choirmaster had the sugary stick bent into the shape of a Shepard’s crook and passed them out to children who attended the living creche ceremonies. […]

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Nutella Fudge with Sea Salt

Tweet The only fudge I have ever made (usually for the holidays) is from the recipe on the back of the can of Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk. Last week, my friend and I went shopping and then took our husbands to lunch at my favorite Italian deli and market. While our guys were still […]

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Almond Ravioli Biscotti

Tweet Tis the season for some serious cookie baking! Biscotti (cookies) are enjoyed year round, especially during the holidays. They seem to make an appearance at every gathering from the board room to the lunch room and all the parties in between, not to mention the few set out for the “big guy” on December […]

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Sweet Rosemary Nuts

Tweet This is a fragrant small bite (Merenda) that is just right for entertaining. These are no ordinary mixed nuts, slightly sweet with a kiss of spice, they bring a unique flavor to the party. I have prepared them for game nights, (served in individual bowls) used as party favors for guests to take home […]

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The Perfect Gift

Tweet “We do not remember days, we remember moments.” Cesare Pavese, Italian poet and novelist. It was the magi, the Three Wise Men, who started the gift-giving custom of Christmas, with their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the Christ Child. In Italy, Italians do things a bit differently than we do here in […]

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Trivia Game for Food Lovers

Tweet Whether you are an avid reader of gourmet magazines, enjoy planning dinner parties, like to cook or just love good food, this trivia game will have everyone coming back for a  second helping. In Foodie Fight, 2-6 players (or teams) race to answer questions from the following categories: Foodiesphere (food people, world cuisines, and […]

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Anise & Grape Focaccia

Tweet Focaccia, once the food of peasants, is simply a bit of leavened dough flavored with fresh herbs, olive oil, sea salt and whatever your imagination can afford. Seasonal ingredients can turn this rustic bread into a delicious edible plate, making eating out of hand the preferred utensil. They have become quite popular in the […]

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Fichi Marmellata

Tweet The first house I ever lived in on my own was in Willow Glen (San Jose area of California), and what Realtor’s would call “cozy and charming” meaning it was small and had a few quirks. But it was in an established neighborhood of cute Victorians and other older homes, was very clean and […]

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