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    Old Family Recipes (Italian & Polish)

    I owe my love for cooking and baking to my grandmother ("Nana"), who taught me how to cook at the age of 9. The Italian recipes are my grandmother's recipes. The Polish recipes are the recipes my husband's grandmother handed down to my mom-in-law.
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    2 Reviews |  By Dee514

    Adapted for a pressure cooker. (Based on my recipe #23294). Beef stew the way my grandmother used to make it! A good hearty dinner on a cold winter night, served with lots of warm, crusty, Italian bread for dunking into the sauce, mmmmmmm....... Tastes even better the second day. NOTE: I used my Fagor dual (high/low pressure) 6 quart pressure cooker when I prepared this. Everyones pressure cooker cooks a little different, so the cooking times are based on my experience with my PC. You may need to adjust the times for your PC and/or your personal tastes. **The 24 minute cooking time is the ACTUAL TOTAL cooking time under pressure. It does not include "natural release" time or the time it takes to bring your PC up to correct pressure.

    Recipe #206282

    6 Reviews |  By Dee514

    This makes a wonderful appetizer for a dinner party. It also makes a yummy, light supper, when served with a bowl of soup.

    Recipe #41149

    7 Reviews |  By Dee514

    This is an old Czech recipe for Poppy Seed Cake that was given to me by a dear friend's Czech grandmother.

    Recipe #42398

    2 Reviews |  By Dee514

    This is my favorite nut roll recipe, because it comes out great every time. I have included recipes for two different fillings (Pecan and Maple Walnut). Each of the filling recipes will make enough to fill 4 nut rolls. These are a nice treat for breakfast/brunch :) Prep time includes rising time.

    Recipe #49234

    My hubby's mother used to make this frequently, for holidays and other special occasions. Prep time includes rising times.

    Recipe #49235

    1 Reviews |  By Dee514

    Posted by request. A hearty casserole that my M-I-L frequently made for family gatherings. It was usually served with a tomato salad, pickles and rye bread.

    Recipe #29147

    3 Reviews |  By Dee514

    My hubby's grandmother was 16 when she came to the USA from Poland. This is her Kielbasa recipe which she handed down to her daughters. My M-I-L passed it on to me, and I am sharing it with you. The "2 hour" prep time may vary, depending on the stuffing/filling method you use. Note: The pork should NOT be too lean (75-85%), since the kielbasa gets its moistness and some of its flavor from the fat. Also, this recipe was "translated" from an old "pinch of this/that" recipe. Plesase adjust the spices/seasonings to your preference.

    Recipe #38227

    7 Reviews |  By Dee514

    This is my M-I-l's recipe for Mushroom Barley soup, which is made with dried "cepe" (aka porcini) mushrooms. Other dried mushrooms may be substituted....of course that will change the flavor of the soup. Making it with chicken stock or with a meat bone (instead of water), will give it a richer flavor.

    Recipe #49654

    3 Reviews |  By Dee514

    Having married into a Polish family, I had to learn to cook sauerkraut "properly," as it was frequently served as an accompaniment to pork, ham and homemade kielbasa. This is how my M-I-L taught me to make it.

    Recipe #99341

    1 Reviews |  By Dee514

    This is my grandmother's recipe for the chocolate variation of Torrone. Torrone is a traditional nougat candy with hazel nuts (or almonds, or a combination of both), usually served at Christmas and/or Easter. Please note - the mixture sets up quickly, so work quickly. You may find that lining the loaf pans with waxed paper before adding the wafer to be helpful. Should some of the mixture ooze under the wafer, it could stick to the loaf pan, making it difficult to remove the torrone from the pan for slicing.

    Recipe #106781

    1 Reviews |  By Dee514

    This is one of those recipes that every European nationality has their own version of. The Italian version (Guanti) is usually made for holidays and special occasions, as is the Polish version (Chruscik). The Chruscik recipe is my hubby's Polish grandmother's recipe. The Guanti recipe is my Italian grandmother's recipe.

    Recipe #41978

    Posted in reply to a request. Tarralli are the traditional Italian black pepper cookies that are usually served with a glass of wine for dunking. Although tarralli are called "cookies," they are really more like a hard biscuit or dry bread stick. Cooking time includes boiling and baking times.

    Recipe #94604

    2 Reviews |  By Dee514

    This is a traditional Italian pastry made on March 19 in celebration of the feast of St. Joseph. The traditional filling for these cream puffs is sweetened ricotta, however a vanilla or almond flavored pasticciera (pastry) cream may be used instead. This recipe should make at least 16-20 sfingi.....depending on how small or large you make the circles, you may end up with more or less shells. Note: If you can't find Impastata ricotta (aka pastry or cannoli ricotta), regular ricotta will work well if you drain it well (preferably overnight), and then beat it (or use food processor or blender) until very creamy.

    Recipe #89740

    1 Reviews |  By Dee514

    Posted by request. This is my family's recipe for Pandoro, this bread/cake is similar to "Panettone" but does not contain the candied fruit peels and citron. It is a time consuming recipe, as there are 4 rises for a total rising time of 5 to 6 hours, and 3 "rests" for the dough for a total "resting time" of 1 hour; so its best to start it early in the day. The prep time listed is for the mixing/kneading, and does not include the rising and resting time. A special form/pan is needed for this recipe, please see note. Jan.5, 2011 - Steps 13 and 14 have been corrected.

    Recipe #60067

    3 Reviews |  By Dee514

    Posted in reply to a message board request. In our family, Panettone for breakfast is a holiday tradition on Christmas and Easter. Here is the recipe my family has used for years. It is a time consuming bread/cake to make and is best started a day ahead of baking or very early on the same day. There are 4 rises in this recipe for a total rising time of 13 hours (depending on how warm your kitchen is). The baking time is 65 minutes. The prep time listed is approximate, and is for the mixing/kneading between the rises.

    Recipe #60064

    21 Reviews |  By Dee514

    Italian Rum Cake is a delicious 3 or 4 layer cake, which is a tradition for birthdays/special occasions in many Italian families. There are 3 basic parts to the cake; sponge cake layers, pasticciera cream (filling) and (stabilized) whipped cream. Below are the recipes for all three parts. If you make it with 3 layers, omit the whipped cream layer. The sponge cake and pasticciera creams may be made a day ahead. The whipped cream should be whipped just before assembling the cake. Prep/Cook times do not include the 3-4 hour chilling time for the pasticciera cream. PLEASE NOTE: This is an egg leavened cake! The egg yolks and whites MUST be beaten to the correct volume and consistency or the recipe will not work. Also, the other ingredients must be folded in (beaten WHITES folded INTO the YOLK/sugar mixture NOT the other way around) in the order given in the directions or the cake will not turn out. The finished layers will be thin depending on the size of your pan. The smaller the pan, the thicker the layers and the longer the baking time needed. If you are expecting this cake to turn out like a "Génoise or American sponge cake," you will be disappointed as this is not a Génoise sponge recipe.

    Recipe #65363

    2 Reviews |  By Dee514

    This has been our family's traditional Easter dessert since long before I came into being. My grandmother (Maria) made it every year until she turned 78 and then declared "it was too much work." So that was the year (1970), I took over this traditional "labor of love." I still make it every Easter, exactly the same way she did. Here is her recipe. The Prep Time includes all the cooking, the 24 hour soaking time for the "dry" wheat, and chilling of the dough. The Cook Time is the actual baking time for the pies. Requires Two 9 x 2 inch round cake pans (I prefer Pyrex, because you can see how brown the bottom of the crust is).

    Recipe #65382

    12 Reviews |  By Dee514

    This is the recipe I have used for years to make "Italian" cheese cake. It is a wonderful, basic cheese cake which easily lends itself to "variations".

    Recipe #48914

    6 Reviews |  By Dee514

    This is a basic recipe for Italian pastry cream which is used as a filling for many cakes and pastries. The chocolate pastry cream is made from this same base, with the addition of the chocolate. Depending on the recipe you are going to use the pastry cream for, you may prefer to omit the lemon rind. Here are the recipes for the basic and chocolate variety. Prep/Cook times do not include chilling time.

    Recipe #65220

    3 Reviews |  By Dee514

    I was looking through my cookbook for a recipe when I noticed that I had posted a recipe (some time ago) for Cannoli Shells (#40291), but never posted the recipes for the fillings (OOPS!!). Here are the filling recipes that should have been posted along with the shells. These fillings are ricotta based. "Cook time" = chilling time. NOTE: Impastata (aka pastry ricotta) is what is used. The texture of Impastata ricotta is completely smooth (no graininess like regular ricotta) and much drier than regular ricotta. Directions are written for regular ricotta because impastata can be difficult to find.

    Recipe #59710

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