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Holiday Mincemeat Cookies

Holiday Mincemeat Cookies

When it comes to the topic of mincemeat, it seems that most folks either like it, don’t care for it or have no idea what it is. Mincemeat is a…
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Easter Monday

  Easter Monday, known as la Pasquetta in Italy, literally means little Easter. It is also known as ‘Lunedì dell’Angelo‘ (‘Monday of the Angel’) – the day to remember the…
Sicilian Cannoli

Sicilian Cannoli

  I remember the cannoli my grandmother used to make and I am so very grateful that I have her “handwritten recipe” for this iconic Sicilian sweet treat. I use…
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…
Palline all’Arancia

Palline all’Arancia

  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…
Ossi di Morti Biscotti

Ossi di Morti Biscotti

  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…
Asparagus Tart

Asparagus Tart

  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…
Cuccidati Crostata

Cuccidati Crostata

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  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…
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…
Almond Ricotta Cake

Almond Ricotta Cake

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  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…
Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

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  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…
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,…
Candied Orange Fritters

Candied Orange Fritters

  Piazza San Marco, in Venice Italy, is typically filled with tourists (and pigeons) during the summer months. But, in February, this well-known Italian square is the heart of Carnevale,…
Gingerbread Biscotti

Gingerbread Biscotti

  For many of us, family traditions are a big deal and most of them are centered around special foods, particularly during the holidays. The Christmas season is filled with…
Pumpkin Tart with Biscotti Crust

Pumpkin Tart with Biscotti Crust

  This tart has all the flavors of your traditional holiday pumpkin pie but, with an Italian twist. Rather than making a pie with the typical pastry dough, I decided…
Pumpkin Pecan Biscotti

Pumpkin Pecan Biscotti

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  I don’t know about you but, when the weather gets cooler, I have an urge to fill the kitchen with the intoxicating aromas of soul satisfying soups and stews…
Holiday Spice Biscotti

Holiday Spice Biscotti

  Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what holidays are made of. I can’t imagine holiday baking without the aromatic fragrances that our favorite spices provide. Spices are derived…

Holiday Brussels Sprouts

  I really like Brussels sprouts. I enjoy them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I realize not everyone is a fan of this healthy cruciferous vegetable and most folks either…

Capellini and Clams

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  Canned clams are an economical, low-fat source of protein and can be used to make soups, stews and pasta dishes. I use wild-caught, Maine Whole Cherrystone Clams for this…
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