Archive | December, 2014

Easy Homemade Italian Sausage (Sasizza/Salsiccia)

My family loves Italian sausage and we especially like to have fresh homemade sausage to celebrate the New Year.  It’s difficult to find good quality sausage where I live, so I usually have to make it myself.  If you’ve ever made sausage, it’s very time consuming and requires more than one pair of hands.   The […]

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Pasta cu Sparaci, Funci, é Piseddi: Pasta with Asparagus, Mushrooms, and Peas:

Today was a busy day, I spent the entire day running errands. Sometimes it seems as though there aren’t enough hours in the day.  Being pressed for time, I decided on making pasta with asparagus, mushrooms, and peas.  This is a great pasta dish to prepare when you don’t have a lot time to invest in the […]

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Cuccidati: Sicilian Fig Cookies

I guess if I had to pick one cookie that screamed out Sicilian Christmas tradition it would be Cuccidati, or fig cookies.  They are also called Buccellati, Cuddureddi, or—as our family calls them—Cosi di fico (loosely translated as fig things).  Almost every Sicilian eats these at Christmas.  Each family covets their own secret recipe.  This […]

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Insalata di Purpu (Polpo): Octopus Salad

Sicilians are fond of seafood and no wonder being an island people.  The most important food source was seafood.  That has changed in recent years as meat became more available.  Many families have the custom of celebrating Christmas Eve with the “seven fishes” dinner.  A feast of seven or more seafood dishes is prepared to grace […]

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