Day two of My Easter Baking Marathon . . . Pizza Piena

The Pizza Piena is a traditional Neapolitan recipe very typical during Easter time. In Naples they call it “Pizza Chiena” and it is a must on the Easter Sunday table. It's a traditional country pie and, as I mentioned in my previous post, it is called Chiena or Piena (full) because it's very much stuffed …

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Easter Baking Marathon . . . recipes and memories

Since Easter is only three days away, this post is probably overdue. Nevertheless, I am sure some of you out there are still looking for traditional Italian Easter recipes. In the next three days I will share with you one recipe a day: the pizza co’ l’erba, the pizza piena and the pastiera. So, don’t …

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March 19th, celebrate St. Joseph’s and Italian Father’s Day with a Neapolitan sweet treat: The Zeppole di San Giuseppe

Auguri a tutti i papa` (Best wishes to all of the fathers). Today, March 19th, in Italy we celebrate La Festa del Papa` (Father’s day). When I was a child, on the afternoon before Father’s Day, my mom and I would go to a nearby field to pick-up the fragrant mammole (violets). The next morning, …

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A place of my childhood . . . Paestum

Paestum is an ancient Graeco-Roman city in the Italian Region of Campania. It is located in the Cilento and Valle di Diano National Park, near the Tyrrhenean sea. Paestum was founded in 600 B.C. by Greek colonists and its original name was Poseidonia in honor of the Greek's Sea God, Poseidon. In 273 B.C. the Romans …

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The Epiphany. . . La Befana

January 6th is a National holiday in Italy. It is the Epifania (Epiphany), a Christian holiday celebrated precisely 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 …

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