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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 […]

Cuccidati (Fig Cookies)

Cuccidati (Fig Cookies)

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 Sweet Potatoes

Holiday Sweet Potatoes

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 […]

Glazed Carrots

Glazed Carrots

GLAZED CARROTS On any given day, I normally just steam a bag of frozen vegetables, but I like to do some special for the holidays. Glazed Carrots are such a simple dish to make and they taste so good.  A perfect side dish to accompany […]

Sesame Seed Cookies

Sesame Seed Cookies

Sesame Seed Cookies I probably mentioned this before, but holiday cookie making for the holidays at my house has always been a big production.  I started this tradition back in the late 1970s.  I typically make at least 30 different cookies with 10 dozen each.  […]

Amaretto Truffles

Amaretto Truffles

Amaretto Truffles My Mother was a chocoholic!  She loved these truffles and would keep sneaking them as I made them.  I had to keep some out for her and hide the rest so we had enough to give out as gifts.  These Amaretto Truffles are […]


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