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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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Ossi di Morti Biscotti

Ossi di Morti Biscotti

Tweet In the Roman Catholic Church, All Soul’s Day, which was established by Pope Boniface IV,  specifically commemorates the departed faithful who have not yet been purified and have reached heaven. Catholics celebrate All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day in the fundamental belief that there is a prayerful spiritual connection between those in a […]

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Asparagus Tart

Tweet Asparagus is my favorite spring vegetable! When tossed with ravioli it becomes a lovely light lunch and combined with lemony chickpeas creates a perfect picnic salad. If I’m in the mood for a small bite, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus enjoyed with a refreshing glass of  Prosecco or limonata is a splendid way to take pause and […]

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Cuccidati Crostata

Tweet Every year it seems our stash of Sicilian Christmas cookies are gone way too soon. So, this past Christmas, I saved some of the filling to make another small batch for Easter. Not feeling like baking, I came up with this crostata instead. It’s a perfect pairing with an afternoon coffee or for a […]

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Cuccidati Kisses

Tweet So, you’ve made dozens and dozens of Sicilian Christmas cookies and have just a bit of fig filling left. What do you do? As I see it, you have three options; You could make a smaller batch of the dough and make more cookies (not happening). Or, you can  take whatever amount of filling […]

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Almond Ricotta Cake

Tweet Much of the baking my grandmother did (usually biscotti) included almonds in some way. The almond tree was brought to Sicily by the ancient Greeks, who considered it to be a symbol of hope. Sicilians love their almonds! Of all the cakes I make, with the exception of Sicilian olive oil cake, this one […]

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Thanksgiving

Tweet In the United States, many of us learned about Thanksgiving in grade school. We were taught that the fifty-three pilgrims (the only colonists to survive the long voyage on the Mayflower and the first brutal winter in the New World), were celebrating the fall harvest. As adults, we understand there is more to the […]

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Warm Ravioli Salad

Warm Butternut Squash Ravioli Salad

Tweet It seems to me that no sooner have the last of the trick-or-treaters gone home to sort out their bounty and I have polished off any remaining Halloween candy, that the holiday season is standing at the front door. Whether you are in a state of quiet calm or crazy chaos when you open […]

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Buona Pasqua!

Tweet   Buona Pasqua mi amici!

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