Archive | December, 2020

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Tweet The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God acknowledges and celebrates Mary’s role as the mother of Jesus Christ. This holy day of obligation is a liturgical celebration observed on January 1, which falls exactly one week after Christmas, the end of the octave of Christmas (Only Christmas and Easter enjoy the privilege of an […]

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Braised Beef with Shallots & Carrots

Tweet Braising, a method of slow cooking in liquid, takes advantage of tougher (and usually less expensive) cuts of meat and has been around for centuries. Chuck roast, a budget-friendly cut, is my choice for this recipe, I also prefer it in soups and stews. The process begins with thoroughly browning the meat, which is […]

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Mincemeat Christmas Cake

Tweet My paternal grandmother made this cake every Christmas. The recipe was given to her by a very dear friend on December 2, 1953. We didn’t know what was in it, but my sister, Theresa, and I really enjoyed this moist, flavorful (not fruitcake) cake. During a recent phone conversation, she mentioned how nice it […]

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Palline all’Arancia

Tweet In Sicily, even before the making of pastries and confections became a source of income for the convents, the tasty treats as gifts were an acceptable currency by which the cloistered nuns could purchase the attention of the outside world. A tray of petite pistachio cakes or almond cookies was a fair exchange for […]

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Chicken with Roasted Lemons, Olives & Capers

Tweet Lemons, olives and capers are classic staples in the Sicilian pantry. Individually, they bring additional flavor to many a dish. Now, put them all in one bowl and you have a burst of flavor in every bite! The lemons are not merely a garnish, as roasting makes them tender enough to cut with your […]

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