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Zabione – Classic Italian Desert – Giallo Zafferano Recipe

Zabione  Classic Italian Desert Giallo Zafferano Recipe (Yellow Saffron) * Zabaione or Zabaglione  is an Italian dessert, or sometimes a beverage, made with egg yolks, sugar, and a sweet wine (usually Moscato d’Asti or Marsala wine).    Some versions of the recipe incorporate spirits such as cognac. The dessert version is a light custard, whipped to incorporate a large amount of air. Since the 1960s, in restaurants in areas of […]

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Zeppole San Giuseppe – Traditional Easter Season Recipe – Laura Vitale

Zeppole San Giuseppe Traditional Easter Season Specialty Laura Vitale * They are the pride of Italian patisserie and, although they have been prepared for March 19th in the regions of Central and Southern Italy for Father’s Day and for Carnival, the zeppole di San Giuseppe remain deeply rooted in the Neapolitan tradition.   * As with many […]

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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 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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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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Ricotta Cheese Cake Recipe – Rossella’s Cooking with Nonna

Ricotta Cheese Cake Recipe Rossella’s Cooking with Nonna * If you enjoy cheese cake you will love this special recipe. Ricotta Cheesecake will put all other cheesecakes to shame in my opinion. Take a moment and let Rossella share her family recipe.  The production of ricotta in the Italian peninsula dates back to the Bronze Age. […]

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Pizzelle – “Colored” Pizzelle Recipe – Ciao Italia

  Pizzelle Traditional “Colored” Recipe Ciao Italia / Mary Ann Esposito   * Join Mary Ann as she shares her family traditional recipe for “Colored” Pizzelle, a Christmas favorite in our house.     Pizzelle (singular pizzella) are traditional Italian waffle cookies made from flour, eggs, sugar, butter or vegetable oil, and flavoring. Usual flavorings consist of Anise, Vanilla or Lemon.  Pizzelle can be hard and crisp […]

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Pizzelle: Traditional Holiday Recipe Laura Vitale

Pizzelle Traditional Recipe Laura Vitale   * Join Laura Vitale as she shares her family traditional recipe for Pizzelle, a Christmas favorite in our house.     Pizzelle (singular pizzella) are traditional Italian waffle cookies made from flour, eggs, sugar, butter or vegetable oil, and flavoring (usually anise or anisette, less commonly vanilla or lemon zest). Pizzelle can be hard and crisp or soft and chewy depending on the ingredients and method of […]

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