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Delicious Italian Easter Sweet Bread Written Recipe / Jovina Cooks

Italian Easter Sweet Bread Written Recipe   Jovina Cooks * Italian Sweet Easter Bread The Italians love to celebrate holidays with food and Easter is one of those special holidays. Easter is preceded by Lent, a time of fasting for many Christians. Come Easter Sunday, it is time to celebrate, splurge and indulge. Eggs are often […]

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Palm Sunday Explained – What is the meaning of Palm Sunday anyway?

Palm Sunday Explained What is the meaning of Palm Sunday anyway?   *   It is customary in many churches for worshippers to receive fresh palm leaves on Palm Sunday. In parts of the world where this has historically been impractical, substitute traditions have arisen.     In Italy, palm leaves are used along with small […]

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Perry Como – Easter Parade

Perry Como Easter Parade * I love this rendition of “Easter Parade” by Perry Como. He has such a gentle voice that is perfect for the memories that surround this Irving Berlin song.       “Easter Parade” is a popular song, written by Irving Berlin and published in 1933. Berlin originally wrote the melody in 1917, under the title […]

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Carnival in Venice – Martedi Grosso – Fat Tuesday

Carnival in Venice  Martedi Grosso – Fat Tuesday *   The word carnival comes from the Latin “carnem levare” (eliminate meat) as it originally indicated the banquet that was held on the last day of Carnival (Mardi Gras), immediately before the period of fasting and abstinence of Lent.  Carnival is a festival that is celebrated in countries […]

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Braiding Palms for Palm Sunday

Braiding Palms for Palm Sunday Video Below *   It is customary in many churches for worshippers to receive fresh palm leaves on Palm Sunday. In parts of the world where this has historically been impractical, substitute traditions have arisen.   In Italy, palm leaves are used along with small olive branches, readily available in the […]

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Extraordinary Italian Ceramics – Creating an Exquisite Ceramic Rose

Extraordinary Italian Ceramics Creating an Exquisite Ceramic Rose Bassano Ceramics *   Making this high quality Ceramic is something that italians have refined to the greatest degree over the Centuries. The amount of varied Ceramics and Pottery that the Italians have perfected is unequaled around the world.    Nove Ware for example is a type of maiolica, […]

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Struffoli or Cicerchiata – Laura in the Kitchen

Struffoli or Cicerchiata Laura in the Kitchen For Christmas and the Easter Holidays *   Struffoli   Pronounced STROO’ FOAL LEE Struffoli (is a Neapolitan dish made of deep fried balls of dough about the size of marbles. Crunchy on the outside and light inside, struffoli are mixed with honey and other sweet ingredients. There are many different […]

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White Christmas – Andrea Bocelli

White Christmas – Andrea Bocelli   * Andrea Bocelli is without a doubt one of the best tenor singers and White Christmas is a favorite Christmas Song for many.  When you put the two together you know that you will end up with a fantastic end result.  Here is Andrea Bocell singing White Christmas so […]

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Christmas in Italy – Deborah Del Sesto – Very Informative & Entertaining Video

Beautiful Christmas in Italy – Deborah Del Sesto – * This is a very well done video explaining many of the customs and traditions that you find around the Italian Countryside. Narrated by Deborah Del Sesto this is worth a few minutes of your time. Kind of gets you in the mood. * Join Deborah […]

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Easter Leg of Lamb Traditional Italian Recipe

Traditional Italian Easter LEG OF LAMB * Throughout the world the most popular Easter symbol is the lamb. The reference to lamb in Christianity goes back to the book of Genesis. In the 9 th century the pope adopted roasted lamb as the feature of Easter Dinner, and has been ever since.   This is a […]

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