Christmas Italian Food

An Italian Christmas Kitchen, from North to South I

Christmas Italian food: as you would expect, an Italian Christmas becomes a true Christmas in the kitchen. When I was a child, Christmas was my grandmother’s time to shine (or I should say, to shine even brighter, because the woman was a goddess in the kitchen all year round): she would prepare cappelletti by hand, twisting and turning them one by one, with the skill and the artistry only women of that generation – she was born in…

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Italian Christmas food Dilemma: Panettone or Pandoro cake

Christmas is just around the corner and, where Italians are concerned, food is one of the main components in the festivities. So here’s the biggest dilemma of Italians when it comes to cakes! Panettone or Pandoro? An Italian Christmas Dilemma: Panettone or Pandoro? There are many traditional products eaten by Italians during the Christmas season, and two of the most famous are the pandoro and the panettone. Pandoro cake Pandoro, Italian Christmas Cake Ph. depositphotos/marcomayer…

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Christmas Italian Food

Italian Christmas cakes

Christmas is a time for happiness, joy and fun, but also food! Italy has a long culinary tradition and several typical dishes find place on our table this time of the year. Fish, meat, cotechino and zampone are some of our favorite specialties, but cakes and sweets remain queens of the Italian Christmas pantry. The tradition of the dolci di Natale is long and varied: hundreds of types of cakes, cookies and sweets are prepared from North to…

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Christmas Italian Food

An Italian Christmas Kitchen, from North to South II

Let’s go so, and let’s begin with the region by many considered the cradle of Italian cuisine: la bella Emilia-Romagna. In the first part of this article, I let my memories take over and told you a bit about my childhood Christmases and my grandparents. The recipes of the Northern regions of Italy are mostly familiar to me and so are those from Emilia-Romagna, which you will find below. Culinary tradition, though, begins to change…

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