Category Archives: Dessert

Sicilian Fig Cookies

I was never a picky eater. But there were some things I just didn’t like as a child. As an adult my taste has changed for certain foods and I have really grown to love fig cookies. As a child,  … Continue reading

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Red Wine Struffoli

My earliest memory of Santa Claus was when I was 4 years old. Yes, I met Santa. He came to my bedroom when I was sleeping and woke me from a sound sleep. Gave me a gift that I unwrapped, still … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving – Chocolate Pecan Pie

If  Thanksgiving isn’t a food holiday I don’t know what is. And I’m sure everyone is going to have plenty of food on their table this Thanksgiving so you don’t need any more recipes from me today. But, just in case … Continue reading

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Apple Pie

It’s the middle of September, the air is crisp and getting cooler outside. Must mean one thing…..IT’S APPLE PIE SEASON!!!!!! Neither my mom or grandmother ever made apple pie. It became an acquired taste for me later on in years. When … Continue reading

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Aunt Mary's Cassata Catanese – Italian Cheese Cake

  Everyone in my family called Italian cheese cake casssata. Traditionally, Cassata Siciliana is made up of a round sponge cake flavored with liquor and layered with ricotta cheese, candied peel and a vanilla or chocolate cream similar to cannoli … Continue reading

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Pasticciotti

Pasticciotti, one of my all time favorite Italian pastries. This is a very popular Italian Pastry in Sicily and in this country as well.  Goes great with an espresso or capuchino.  It has a tart like shell with a vanilla creme … Continue reading

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Zeppole

I have to credit my friend Johnny Boy, A.K.A. John Racioppo for reminding me of our July 4th adventures on 77 Street. The memories are there once they are jogged from my head. Thanks John! We would prepare for the … Continue reading

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THE FRUIT BOWL INCIDENT – Mom's Fruit Salad

Did you ever have an event happen in your life, specifically during childhood, that stuck with you your entire life? I’m not talking about a life altering experience. Just something you did as a child that no one ever let … Continue reading

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Giggiulena – Sesame Candy

Jaw breakers   Torrone, otherwise known as nougat, is a concoction made from honey, well-whipped egg whites, vanilla, and walnuts or almonds; it’s an ancient sweet and it’s made throughout Italy, and Sicily’s is especially renowned. Cubbaita is an older version … Continue reading

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Peaches and Wine

Barina We called her “Barina”.  She was a sweet, jolly woman about my grandmother’s age. When she came over to visit my grandparents on a Sunday afternoon we knew she entered the house when my grandmother buzzed her in and she came … Continue reading

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