Tuscan cookies. . . The Befanini

This past weekend, with the "ponte" della Befana (Epiphany long weekend), the Italian Christmas Holidays were officially over. But before I move on I want to share one last holiday recipe. Last Friday, January 6, in an effort to pay homage to the festivity of the Epiphany and to the Befana, I came across a recipe …

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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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First snow. A Picture And A Poem.

I want to celebrate the first snow of 2012 with a poesia (poem) by Annabella Mele. The Italian poetess Annabella Mele lives in Novara, Italy. Annabella is registered with the board of Writers of the Gruppo Cultura Italia (Italy Culture Group).  In 2000 she published  "Poesie", a collection of poems. Her poems are also present …

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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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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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