New Orleans has it all, with the Sicilian (Italian)influence, the touch of French, Cajun, Creole, and the people that make it happen! St Joseph altars originated in Sicily, and to this day New Orleans continues with this rich holy custom and tradition of honoring St Joseph with altars all over the city on his feast day of March 19.
These are by far one of my most favorite cookies.I love going to italian weddings and bridal showers because theres always tons of these delicious chewy cookies. This recipe was taken from a blog called Sweet Pea.
I also LOVE pistachio ammaretti, substitute 1 1/2 cups almonds for ground pistachios
This is my favorite Cucidati recipe!!! These cookies are a little time consuming, but well worth the effort! It wouldn't be Christmas in our house without them. I make them every year, often doubling the recipe! I can't remember how many cookies this recipe makes, and often they disappear before I can start counting! (Prep time includes chilling time)
These are a traditional Italian Christmas cookie, that are chewy, almondy and delicious! We always have a bunch of these cookies on hand around the holidays in my family. **Please note, that the dough will be very sticky and a lil bit of a pain to work with, but they end up being so worth the effort. Adding flour to this dough changes the texture of them somewhat, so I never add it, but that's a personal choice :) These cookies end result are just like I had them as a little girl, and are my absolute favorite!
When I lived in New York, I used to get this delicious tri-color cookie from the Italian Bakery every year for the holidays. Once I moved down south, I was no longer able to get them. I found this recipe in Good Housekeepings "100 best Italian Recipes". The directions seem long and scary, but these cookies are actually very easy to make. I hope you enjoy them as much as my family and friends do.
This popular cookie recipe has been modified so both filling and cookie can be made in a food processor..Traditionally these are decorated with drizzles of pink, white and green icing to symbolize the Italian flag. as well as a shower or confetti sprinkles..
St. Joseph's Day is on March 19 and is a big deal in R.I. It is a tradition for Italians, Italian Americans, and people who love Italian food. This dish is served in honor of San Giuseppe, the patron saint of the working man.
This isn't your normal Italian Fig Cookie recipe, but it's very good! The difference in this recipe, it that it calls for maraschino cherries and Amaretto! Yum! They do take a little time to make, put they are very good and the flavor improves after a day or two. It wouldn't be Christmas without them!
This recipe comes from my Italian aunt, who every Christmas makes some of the best cookies. You can substitute vanilla and lemon extract for flavor variation. Sometimes it helps to be smarter than a 5th grader when you make these.
Two sheets of dough, one heavy with fruit and nuts, the other, plain, rolled together and baked into a circular loaf in a tube pan, become Italian Christmas Fruit Bread. This is richer than most other panettone recipes but that is as it should be--it's for the holidays.
Escarole is a bitter green, I just love it. This is a good introduction if you never had it. The raisins sweeten it. The beans give it a nice richness. The vinegar cuts down the bitterness and the salty capers and anchovies makes for a dish with lots of flavor. The optional ingredients are for those that are not vegetarians. Do rinse the beans, anchovies and capers well to remove excess sodium.