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17
May

Bread

I can still smell it under my nose. The smell of freshly baked bread mixed with the smell of wood and yeast mixed with hot and humid, love and tradition, simplicity and magic. “Do pane cù criscenti  n’to furnu a ligna dà Nonna ‘Nitta!”  (Grandmother’s bread recipe with sourdough, baked in a wood oven). Preparing bread was a real ritual.

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6
Apr

A cuddura cu l’ova!

There are traditions that are handed down and others that are created. Then there are those that exist and you make your own! Like the cuddura cu l’ova was for us! Grandma ‘Nitta prepared it and we ate it willingly. But as a child I was not fascinated by it, I preferred chocolate eggs. My children, on the other hand,

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22
Mar

The Zeppole di San Giuseppe!

It is said that in life it is important to celebrate all the holidays! In our family that is exactly what we did. Father’s Day was on St. Joseph’s Day (San Giuseppe) and we also celebrated my mother because her name is Giuseppina! Sicilians always celebrate the person on the day of the Saint with the same name. This day

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17
Feb

Macerroni with wire for Carnivale!

I have already talked about the ritual of fresh pasta. Grandma ‘Nitta was the queen of doughs but above all of macerroni! They could not miss Carnivale! “Pigghia i tabbarè ca facemu i maccarruni” (take the trays we make macerroni) and the party began. Flour everywhere, shapes, molds and ferretti (thin wire) to spread macerroni or whatever came out of

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6
Feb

The fritters of “caliceddi” and potatoes!

The grandmothers “accalata a cogghiri caliceddi” (hunched over to collect the vegetables). It was a funny spectacle. Grandmothers, mothers and aunts intent on harvesting, rolling in the grass and the dog chasing her tail. An impressionist painting! As I have already mentioned, oranges and vegetables were harvested in this period. The countryside had a more intense flavor with the pungent

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23
Jan

ORANGE AND CINNAMON TART!

I love the scent of cinnamon mixed with citrus fruits that we dried on the wood stove. Orange slices and their peel, intoxicated the environment while Grandma ‘Nitta whipped pieces of cinnamon. The aroma from our nostrils made those cold winter afternoons something magical and intoxicating. A few days before making winter dessert, Grandma ‘Nitta brought us to the countryside

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14
Dec

THE POMEGRANATE LIQUEUR!

As a child I had 2 pomegranate trees that produced all those weird fruits, and I didn’t appreciate it at all! I did not even understand the meaning. Sitting to unshell the beans one by one and then taste them with those annoying little bones. How did my mom and my grandmother eat them? And also enjoy the flavor?! I

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3
Dec

THE CHILI PEPPER JAM!

“Pereponcino!” shouted my brother as a child, “I want the pereponcino!” I didn’t understand how he could he like it back then!  I began to appreciate it only in adulthood, when my husband insisted on letting me taste the ‘nduja. From there my love for this vegetablehad no limits. I put it on everything: soup, pizza, meat, salad. There is

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24
Nov

Cotognata candies

In the countryside we had a Quince tree and every year I helped harvest them for Grandma ‘Nitta to prepare the Quince jelly! I was greedy. I liked it soft, spread on bread with butter! It is one of those delicious flavors that you love as a child and then accompanies you throughout your life! Our family tradition was to

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16
Nov

Mustard in autumn!

“Mmm .. what a smell! Grandma ‘Nitta are you preparing the mustard right?” And immediately I left the games to see my grandmother “arriminari” (mix) the mustard with the wooden spoon, while waiting to taste it. “Caura Caura” (hot, hot)! I was ready to chop the almonds and the dark chocolate to sprinkle on top! When grandma Lucia prepared mustard in

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