Day three of My Easter Baking Marathon. . . La Pastiera

This is the last day of My Easter baking marathon, time for the sweet things. La Pastiera is another traditional dish of the Neapolitan cuisine. The nuns of the ancient convent of San Gregorio Armeno were considered to be master in the preparation of the Pastiera. They used to prepare great quantities for the rich …

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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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Feast of the Seven Fish? Not quite . . .

It is time to break the news: there is not such thing as the "Feast of the seven fish" in Italy! When I moved from Italy to Frederick, MD in 1991, I could not find espresso, cappuccino, fresh mozzarella or prosciutto. However, I could buy "Italian" garlic bread and "Italian" salsa Alfredo, both of which …

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December the 8th and the Christmas Tree

This month of December my blog will be dedicated to the Italian traditions of the Christmas Season. There is a first time for everything. This year, for the first time and against the Italian tradition I have trimmed (addobbato) my Christmas tree (albero di Natale) prior to December the 8th. To be precise my tree was …

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