tradition

Saint Joseph’s “Sawdust”

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  San Giuseppe, (Saint Joseph) was the husband of Mary, the Mother of God and is the patron saint of the family. On March 19, in celebration of the Feast…

Muffuletta Salad

  The quintessential New Orleans sandwich, the muffuletta, is rarely found anywhere outside of the Crescent City. Pronounced “moo-foo-LET-ta,” this deli meat and cheese hero piled with a tangy olive…

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,…

Merenda (Small Bite)

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  In Italy, merenda is a nourishing “Small Bite” in it’s simplest form defined by the season, varies from region to region and is based on a respect for natural…

Easter Bunny Cake

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  Many years ago, when my son Joe was just a little boy, we spent Easter in the California Sierra’s. We have a cabin surrounded by sugar and ponderosa pine…

Lent

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  Ash Wednesday, the day after Mardi Gras marks the first day of Lent. For Christians around the world, it is a time of prayer and penance, fasting and abstinence, reflection…

Cheese Grits Souffle

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  Grits are made from corn grown across the south and for hundreds of years have been the center of the Southern diet and culture. Historically, the port cities that…

Mardi Gras King Cake

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  King Cakes are a huge part of Mardi-Gras traditions throughout the south. Also known as Twelfth Night Cake, you will find this brioche-type pastry in bakeries from January 6th…

Jambalaya

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  The Holy Trinity, in culinary terms, is the trio of aromatics that is the foundation of flavor in many regional cuisines. New Orleans is no exception. Onions, bell peppers…

Mardi Gras (Carnevale)

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  Carnevale is celebrated in many places around the world and in cities throughout Italy, with Venice being the most well known. The coming of the wisemen bearing gifts to…

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…
Italian Food Buffet

Buon Giorno! Welcome to my food blog

  Colazione, pranzo e cena (breakfast, lunch and dinner) – there’s no doubt about it, food is an important part of every day life. But food is more than just…