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Roasted Chestnuts

Roasted Chestnuts

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Roasted Chestnuts Holidays!  Chestnuts roasting on a open fire…well, how about in the oven instead.  My Father made Roasted Chestnuts every year.  During culinary school, I was lucky enough to get a chestnut knife making it much easier and safer to score them. The recipe […]

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Chestnuts and Onions

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Chestnuts and Onions

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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Chestnuts and Onions A great side dish for the holidays!   Roasted Chestnuts  

Almond Biscotti

Almond Biscotti

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Almond Biscotti Almond Biscotti, a classic Italian cookie!  Biscotti, also known as cantucci, originated in the city of Prato.  These oblong-shaped cookies are always twice-baked.  They are crunchy and meant to be dipped into a drink such as coffee, tea or wine.  Unlike other Italian […]

Roasted Smashed Potatoes with Herbs

Roasted Smashed Potatoes with Herbs

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Roasted Smashed Potatoes with Herbs

Pizzelle

Pizzelle

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Pizzelle (Italian Waffle Cookies) Pizzelle is a  classic Italian wafer cookie that is sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar.  They are typically lightly flavored with anise.  However, other flavors such as vanilla, almond or lemon are also used. Cocoa powder and a little extra sugar can also […]

Applesauce

Applesauce

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Applesauce This is my Mother’s recipe for applesauce.  She made it every fall around apple picking time. This recipes keeps getting lost, so I wanted to add it to the blog before I couldn’t find it again.  It is on a small piece of paper.  […]

Cocoa Cookies

Cocoa Cookies

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Cocoa Cookies (Italian Cocoa Cookies) My cookie factory is in full swing for the holidays!  I think these are my favorite Italian Christmas cookies!  Rich cocoa and warm spices with a light icing on top…so good!  These drop cookies are really simple and quick to […]

Cuccidati (Fig Cookies)

Cuccidati (Fig Cookies)

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Cuccidati Cuccidati (Sicilian Fig Cookies) are fig and nut stuffed cookies traditionally served at Christmas, weddings or other special occasions.  I am not sure why, but my Mother called them Wish-A-Da-Da’s.  My Grandmother spoke broken English.  It is possible that my Mother didn’t understand what […]

Holiday Stuffing

Holiday Stuffing

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Holiday Stuffing with a Twist Everyone has their favorite Thanksgiving stuffing recipe and for years we always made stuffing the way my Mother made it.  A couple of years ago, I was introduced to White Castle Stuffing at a party and it was a hit.  […]

Holiday Sweet Potatoes

Holiday Sweet Potatoes

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Holiday Sweet Potato Casserole I am not a big fan of plain sweet potatoes, but I do look forward to my Mother’s Holiday Sweet Potato Casserole, a classic.  Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without it.  This recipe was probably on the back of some can of […]


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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Chestnuts and Onions

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Chestnuts and Onions

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Chestnuts and Onions A great side dish for the holidays!   Roasted Chestnuts  

Almond Biscotti

Almond Biscotti

Almond Biscotti Almond Biscotti, a classic Italian cookie!  Biscotti, also known as cantucci, originated in the city of Prato.  These oblong-shaped cookies are always twice-baked.  They are crunchy and meant to be dipped into a drink such as coffee, tea or wine.  Unlike other Italian […]

Roasted Smashed Potatoes with Herbs

Roasted Smashed Potatoes with Herbs

Roasted Smashed Potatoes with Herbs

Pizzelle

Pizzelle

Pizzelle (Italian Waffle Cookies) Pizzelle is a  classic Italian wafer cookie that is sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar.  They are typically lightly flavored with anise.  However, other flavors such as vanilla, almond or lemon are also used. Cocoa powder and a little extra sugar can also […]

Cocoa Cookies

Cocoa Cookies

Cocoa Cookies (Italian Cocoa Cookies) My cookie factory is in full swing for the holidays!  I think these are my favorite Italian Christmas cookies!  Rich cocoa and warm spices with a light icing on top…so good!  These drop cookies are really simple and quick to […]


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