Monthly Archives: December 2013

Black-eyed Pea and Rice Soup

In the South black-eyed peas are a good luck food at New Years and this soup is one of my husband’s favorites to have after Christmas, since he has Southern roots. It is hearty, yet somehow feels light compared to … Continue reading

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Sicilian Rice Balls (Arancini)

Every Christmas Eve my brother Tony and his wife Lisa prepare delicious Sicilian rice balls called arancini to accompany our fish dinner. I wanted to document their recipe so the next generations can continue this nice family tradition. For those … Continue reading

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Italian Orange Sesame Seed Cookies (Biscotti Regina)

This will be my last cookie post for the 2013 Christmas season. I make these cookies each year. They are a popular treat in many Sicilian homes and we called them giuggiulenas. This recipe comes from my Cousin Marilyn in … Continue reading

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Hungarian Kifli Cookies

Kifli are some of my favorite cookies. I have tried a number of recipes over the years, but I keep coming back to one from my mother’s Hungarian friend in New Jersey. I halved the original recipe because it makes … Continue reading

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Cucidati (Italian Fig-filled Cookies)

Cucidati are the traditional Christmas cookies in many Sicilian families. They are generally filled with dried figs, nuts, honey, orange, and cinnamon, but I have seen recipes that include other dried fruit such as dates or plums, and even chocolate, … Continue reading

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Eggnog Cake with Spiced Eggnog Whipped Cream

We attended our first Christmas party of the season this week. The main meal was provided by the host and dessert was potluck. I baked this eggnog cake to take along (I had intended to blog it last holiday season … Continue reading

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Pasta with Crab

I am writing this post sitting in front of a roaring fire in my family room with a lighted Christmas tree in view. I am still full from the riches of Thanksgiving, yet Christmas is just three weeks away so … Continue reading

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