Christmas

Mincemeat Christmas Cake

Mincemeat Christmas Cake

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  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…
Cuccidati Kisses

Cuccidati Kisses

  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…
Advent Wreath

Advent

  Advent marks the beginning of the church’s liturgical year. It is a season of joyful expectation, hope and preparation for the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. The traditions…
Warm Ravioli Salad

Warm Butternut Squash Ravioli Salad

  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,…
Panforte

Panforte

  Panforte dates back to the year 1000 and is the traditional Christmas dolce of Siena, one of the first cities in Italy to use sugar and rare spices. This…

Foodie Gifts

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  In Italy it is traditional to give gifts of food during the Christmas season, a practice I have undertaken for many years. It gives me great joy to make…

The Perfect Gift

  “We do not remember days, we remember moments.” Cesare Pavese, Italian poet and novelist. It was the magi, the Three Wise Men, who started the gift-giving custom of Christmas,…
Panettone Muffins

Panettone Muffins

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  I discovered this recipe the last time I ordered Fiori di Sicilia for my biscotti recipe. King Arthur Flour is the oldest flour company in America and has served…
Braciolone

Braciolone

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  Depending on which part of Italy you’re from, Braciole (bra CHO lay) means different things. In the north it’s generally a cutlet of some kind that is cooked flat.…
cuccidati cookie and coffee

Sicilian Girl’s Cuccidati Recipe

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  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…
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