Tag Archives: Sicilian

Granita alla Fragola

Tweet History tells us flavored ices date back to ancient China, but the first frozen dessert in Italy actually came from Sicily. Arabs brought an icy treat of frozen water, fruit and honey, which evolved to become known as granita. The granita in Sicily is so pure, so flavorful and so refreshing, that during the summer, […]

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Pantelleria Potato Salad

Tweet Potato salad with olives, tomatoes and capers is a popular salad on the island of Pantelleria (Strait of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea). Capers are a small but distinctive ingredient in Sicilian cooking. I have seen these plants all over Sicily, growing right out of stone walls (see photos below). In addition to abundant […]

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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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Pistacchio Biscotti

Tweet Pistacchio Di Bronte, the pistachio grown on the western slope of Sicily’s Mount Etna, is harvested only in odd years. If you missed 2019’s crop, the next harvest will be in 2021. Pistachio trees are alternate bearing, producing heavy crops every other year. Farmers remove the flower in “off” years to allow the tree […]

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Meatballs and Sauce

Tweet My maternal grandmother did not cook from recipes. I never saw her open a cookbook. To my knowledge, she didn’t have any. The meals she prepared were committed to memory. The cooking that took place inside her small kitchen was a direct result of  what was in her pantry and the fresh fruits and vegetables […]

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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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Sicilian Pizza

Tweet When visiting Palermo, Sicily, a “must do” on everyone’s list should be to explore the bustling outdoor markets. Last year, while exploring all that Sicily had to offer, that’s the first thing Jack and I did when we got to Palermo. The Ballaro, the Capo and the Vucceria are in central Palermo, each a […]

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Sicilian Sunrise

Tweet A colorful libation to begin a delicious day! Brunch is my favorite way to entertain. It can be casual or elegant, yet the atmosphere is always festive, friendly and fun. It is the perfect opportunity to invite newcomers to the neighborhood, celebrate a special occasion or just relax and enjoy with family and friends. […]

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Summer Spaghetti

Summer Spaghetti

Tweet In Sicilian cooking, green olives and capers go together like pine nuts and currants and the classic combination gives personality to this bursting-with-flavor pasta dish. This is a fresh sauce with no cooking required. The ingredients are merely chopped and combined and rest in the refrigerator overnight. The next day let the sauce come […]

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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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