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Jacob’s Lentil Soup

Tweet Referring to the lentil soup his brother was cooking, Esau said to Jacob,  “Let me gulp down some of that red stuff, I am famished.” (Gen. 25:30) This biblical verse goes on to explain that Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of this pottage, which has become a metaphor to describe giving away […]

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Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Tweet Lemon ricotta pancakes have a fluffy, luscious creaminess and are an excellent alternative to your every-day pancakes. This elegant replacement to the morning meal will turn an ordinary breakfast into a special occasion. These light, yet rich-tasting pancakes need nothing but a dusting of confectioners sugar and a few fresh berries. But, if you […]

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Pasta con le Sarde

Tweet Of all the delicious dishes (dolci excluded) I have enjoyed in Sicily, my most memorable meal is Pasta con le Sarde. My mother and I were vacationing in Italy. This was the first trip to the “old” country for both of us and we were making the journey together. What you should know about […]

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Almond Paste vs Marzipan

Tweet In Italy, the terms almond paste and marzipan are used interchangeably. In the United states, however, almond paste and marzipan are not the same thing. It is important to know the difference. Generally, almond paste contains equal amounts of almonds and sugar. It’s used in fillings, batter and dough for many baked goods (pignoli). […]

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Feast of San Giuseppe (March 19th)

Tweet   Saint Joseph, (San Giuseppe) was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely his divine Son and Mary, Joseph’s wife. The beloved saint looks after children, unwed mothers, the needy and  is the patron saint of Sicily. To celebrate his feast day on March 19, […]

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