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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The Epiphany. . . La Befana

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 …

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Il Presepe Napoletano – The Neapolitan Crèche

The word presepe comes from Latin “praesaepe” and means mangiatoia (manger). The Italian tradition of the presepe originates with St. Francis of Assisi, who  in 1223, in Greggio (Umbria), for the first time represented the Nativity with a live scene. The  first sculptural representation of the Italian Nativity scene is from the late '200, when it only included eight figures, Madonna, Giuseppe, Bambino …

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