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Honey-Nut Stuffed Dried Figs

Tweet Snacking on dried fruits and nuts (rich in omega-3 fatty acids) is an essential part of the Mediterranean diet and my pantry is generally stocked with a variety of both. Dates, figs, walnuts, almonds and pistachios are in the majority. The natural fruit sugar provides a burst of quick energy, while the healthy fat […]

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Gorgonzola-Stuffed Figs with Balsamic Drizzle

Tweet I have never tasted better figs than those hanging from the trees in my grandparent’s back yard. Picked at the perfect moment of ripeness, they were soft, sweet, succulent and bursting with flavor! Figs are seasonal, making their appearance in early summer and again in early fall. Every year I have high hopes of […]

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Poached Figs with Ricotta

Tweet I have said many times that dishes do not have to be difficult to prepare nor costly to be delicious. A simple bowl of poached dried figs nestled on a cloud of luscious, creamy, ricotta is richly satisfying. Served warm, this is a comforting dessert on a chilly winter evening. And paired with a […]

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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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Baked Stuffed Pear & Gorgonzola Salad

Tweet Gorgonzola is a straw-white soft cheese with greenish streaks. It’s derived from a process called “erborinatura”, in Italian, meaning creation of molds. This is an ancient cheese and was first produced in Milan, Italy in 879. As enabled by tradition and law, only two Italian regions produce Gorgonzola cheese, and the following provinces only: […]

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cuccidati cookie and coffee

Sicilian Girl’s Cuccidati Recipe

Tweet   Each year I put aside a small container of these Sicilian specialties to be enjoyed long after¬†the holidays have passed. As much as I enjoy the holiday season, I’ve always looked forward to the New Year with anticipation of things to come. New projects, new adventures, new beginnings, new people that will come […]

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Cuccidati ready to eat

Sicilian Christmas Cookies – The Cuccidati Story

Tweet Cuccidati¬†are Sicilian Christmas cookies. Every year for as long as I can remember, my grandmother made these delicious biscotti. On Christmas Eve, my two brothers and sister and I would get to open one present. It was a pair of new pajamas. (It was always a pair of new pajamas). Then my grandmother would […]

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