My New Year’s Eve: Friends, Lentils, Cotechino, Tombola, and “Something” Red!

Festa di San Silvestro, named after Pope Sylvester I, is how in Italy we refer to New Year's Eve. Did you know that were the ancient Romans that in 153 B.C. moved the start of the year from the Spring equinox to January 1? In Italy, traditionally the Veglione di Capodanno (New Year's Party) lasts …

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La Ricetta Della Calamarata . . . Calamarata Recipe

I am back after a few days of break. I am sure you all had a delightful Holiday weekend just like mine. My fall (off the only ONE step outside my front door!) on Friday evening, the failure of the garbage disposal and dishwasher on Saturday and the delay of the gift my husband had …

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Struffoli and Mostaccioli My favorite Christmas desserts

Yesterday was December 21, the shortest day of the year. That means brighter days are ahead and Christmas is only 4 days away. Time to start My holiday desserts and to share two of My favorite Christmas recipes . You probably all know about the Panettone from Milano and the Pandoro from Verona, both delicious …

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Making Limoncello

Today I will diverge from my Holiday theme because I was able to taste my homemade Limoncello. It is still up for debate where this lemon liqueur originated between Sorrento, Amalfi and Capri. The liqueur first appeared in 1900, but only in 1988 Massimo Canale registered the first trademark “Limoncello”.  Still, at that time only a …

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