Fall is for Chestnuts…Vellutata Di Castagne

This recipe was inspired by a trip to the market where on display they had a barrel full of Italian chestnuts, le castagne. Chestnuts and hazelnuts are two of the main species of trees that grows in the mountain surrounding my hometown in Italy. In the cold nights of fall and winter, il carretto delle caldarroste, …

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Gingerly Stepping Into Cold Waters.

Post inspired by  Daily Prompt: Gingerly I will be honest and say that as I looked at the daily prompt, the first thing that came to mind reading the word "gingerly", was ginger, as in tuber. I love ginger with its pungent but refreshing taste and its sweet, exotic fragrance. Not to mention that its …

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A Peek Into Beautiful Noto, Sicily. Photo Challenge

Coming back to my blog after such a long time has not been easy. I have so much that I would like to share that it’s difficult to prioritize. I am using this week photo challenge to share some pictures from this past summer’s trip to Sicily. On my trip I visited the South-East region …

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Fave dei Morti

A Recipe for All Soul's Day The Fave dei Morti are delicious and simple cookies whose main ingredient is ground almonds. They are traditionally eaten on All Soul’s Day (November 2), which follows All Saint’s Day. Fave are broad beans, so the literal translation is “beans of the dead”. The connection between broad beans and …

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The Epiphany. . . La Befana

From the archive – La Befana

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January 6 is a National holiday in Italy. It is the Epifania (Epiphany), a Christian holiday celebrated precisely on January 6, 12 days after Christmas.

The word Epifania derives from the Greek word epifanèia, which means “the manifestation or the appearance”.

The Epiphany celebrates the first manifestation of Jesus to the world through the visit of the Re Magi (three wise men) coming from the East, led by a comet to adore the Baby Jesus and to offer their gifts of gold (symbol of royalty), frankincense (symbol of divinity) and myrrh (symbol of the future redemptive suffering).

The celebration of the Epiphany is also accompanied by traditions of very ancient lineage (solar cults) and in particular the visit of laBefana on the eve of January 6. The tradition of La Befana may actually predates Christianity, as it is believed to have derived from a pagan goddess or oracle that Romans sought…

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