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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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16
Nov

Fresh pasta, what a passion!

Fresh homemade pasta: Grandmothers’ handmade recipe, prepared without a machine!   My grandmother Lucia, whom I called ‘Nitta, was a phenomenal pasta maker.  Every gathering and party, it was her routine to celebrate with homemade macaroni. This gave peace and joy to us children, who used to play with the dough and flour that ended up getting everywhere! We spent so

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11
Nov

Saint Martin Chestnuts and wine!

Grandma ‘Nitta’s favorite event, and she delightfully attended them all!!! To the sound of nursery rhymes and joyful humming, the seasons would pass.  ‘Nitta sang a song for every occasion and before she knew it, November 11th arrived.   The day of the San Martino Chestnuts and Wine festival!  She was excited to taste new wine and roasted chestnuts but the

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2
Nov

Copper for the dead!

It is said that during the Bourbon kingdom, after the unification of the Kingdom of Naples with the Kingdom of Sicily, a coin containing a copper alloy was minted, in order to replace the richer alloy of gold and silver. With the introduction of this coin, a dessert was created in its honor, thus inventing the Rama of Naples. This

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