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Italian Rainbow Cookies – Laura Vitale Traditional Recipe

Italian Rainbow Cookies Laura Vitale Traditional Recipe *   A particular variety of this confection, known primarily by various regional names listed below, is with layers of brightly colored, almond-based sponge cake, apricot and/or raspberry jam, and a chocolate coating. Many bakeries sell them by the pound, and because of the many layers, these cookies tend to be somewhat heavy estimating […]

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“Pastiera” – Neopolitan Easter Pie – Laura Vitale Recipe

“Pastiera”  Neopolitan Easter Pie Laura Vitale Recipe *   Pastiera napoletana (sometimes referred to a Wheat Pie) is a type of Neapolitan tart made with cooked wheat, eggs, ricottacheese, and flavoured with orange flower water. It is usually eaten at Easter.     * The modern pastiera was probably invented in a Neapolitan convent. An unknown nun wanted that cake, symbol of the Resurrection, to have the […]

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“Pizza gaina” or “Pizza keen” – Italian Easter Pie – Rossella

Pizza Rustica – Pizza gaina Pizza chiena Italian Easter Pie Recipe  Rossella’s cooking with Nonna *   Both of my Italian Grandmothers made what we called Pizzagiena or one version of an Italian Easter Pie. Grandmom Julie was from Basilicata and Grandmom Madeline was from Calabria.  Yet they both made it pretty much the same way. […]

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Italian Rum Baba – Original Italian Recipe – Giallo Zafferano

Italian Rum Baba Original Italian Recipe Giallo Zafferano / Yellow Saffron *   A rum baba or baba au rhum is a small yeast cake saturated in syrup made with hard liquor, usually rum, and sometimes filled with whipped cream or pastry cream. It is most typically made in individual servings (about a 5 cm tall, slightly tapered cylinder) but sometimes can be made in larger forms similar […]

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Italian Wedding Pastries – “Dolce della Sposa” – Rossella’s Recipe

Italian Wedding Pastries “Dolce della Sposa” Rossella’s Cooking with Nonna * Check out this video for the recipes shared by Rossella and her Nonna. Meanwhile lets share a little about southern Italian Wedding customs below.     In some parts of Italy, a party, known as a Serenade, is thrown outside of the bride’s home by the […]

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Fusilli with Pomidoro Sauce Rossella’s Cooking with Nonna

Fusilli with Pomidoro Sauce  Rossella’s Cooking with Nonna * I love Pomidoro Sauce… It’s basically a fresh tomato sauce. Easy and quick to make and….. it is delicious. And Fusilli is one of my two absolute favorite pastas along with rigatoni. YUM Actually I love Pasta almost any way we make it but there is […]

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Calzone Recipe Food Wishes – Chef John – YUM

Calzone Recipe Food Wishes – Chef John * A calzone – “stocking” is an Italian oven-baked folded pizza that originated in Naples in the 18th century. A typical calzone is made from salted bread dough, baked in an oven and is stuffed with salami, ham or vegetables, mozzarella, ricotta and Parmesan or pecorino cheese, as well as an egg. Different regional variations on a calzone can often include other ingredients that are normally associated […]

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Cassata – Traditional Recipe – Giallo Zefferano

Cassata Traditional Recipe Giallo Zefferano – Yellow Saffron *   Cassata or Cassata siciliana is a traditional “Dolce” or Sweet from Sicily, Italy.  Cassata consists of round sponge cake moistened with fruit juices or liqueur and layered with ricotta cheese and candied fruit. A filling this is sometimes used with cannoli. Cassata has a shell of marzipan, pink and green coloured icing, and decorative designs. Cassata may also refer to a Neapolitan ice cream containing […]

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116 Year Old Woman Reveals Her Secret for a Long Life

116 Year Old Woman Reveals Her Secret for a Long Life * The next time you eat a piece of chocolate, you may not have to feel so guilty about it. Despite its bad reputation for causing weight gain, a number of health benefits may be associated with this delicious treat. Chocolate is made from […]

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Calabria – Traditional “Nduja” (Anduya) Recipe – Spicey Salami Spread

Calabria Recipe – Traditional “Nduja” (Anduya)  Spicey Salami Spread Chef John Food Wishes *   ‘Nduja (pronounced “Anduya” is a particularly spicy, spreadable pork salumi from Italy. It is typically made with parts of the pig such as the shoulder and belly, as well as tripe, roasted peppers and a mixture of spices. It is a Calabrian variation of salumi, loosely based on […]

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