More Yummy Stuff from Jovina – In The Mood For A Sandwich?

Sandwiches

Sandwiches (Photo credit: Joe Shlabotnik)

In The Mood For A Sandwich?.

I haven’t reposted anything from Jovina in a while but couldn’t resist this post on sandwiches, or as we like to say in Rhode Island – sangwiches.  Jovina has a wonderful knack for making the ordinary extraordinary.  The oven fried green tomatoes look like my new favorite.  As usual, Brava Jovina!

Struffoli – Italian Christmas Candy to Me

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/struffoli-recipe/index.html

English: Struffoli made in the traditional way...

English: Struffoli made in the traditional way from Sorrento. Marble sized dough balls covered in honey, citrus peel and hundreds and thousands. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My mother didn’t have the recipe written down for this one, so I’ve attached Giada’s here. I trust her, and her method seems closest to my mother and Grandma Jennie Testa’s. My mother told me to just use Wande dough for this but there are so many specific steps that I wanted to make sure that I captured them correctly.Italians make all kinds of wonderful desserts at Christmas. The cookies alone are of such great variety that I think one could really do a whole cookbook of them.Stuffoli differs in that it’s not a cake or a cookie, but these awesome fried balls of dough  molded together with honey and taste like candy. My Grandma Testa used to make these and so did my Auntie Dot, and I looked forward to getting a chunk, and chewing into the gooey honey and smacking my lips like Winnie the Pooh as I ate. My mother said Grandma, and her mother too, would shape the struffoli in the shape of a wreath and bring them to friends and family as gifts. Auntie Dot continued her mother’s tradition and would often make one just for me.

Struffoli does take time and focus, neither of which I have much of this holiday season. But I vow to make it next year, and deliver a wreath or two of honey balls to my own friends and family. And one for me too.

Disney's adaptation of Stephen Slesinger, Inc....

Disney’s adaptation of Stephen Slesinger, Inc.’s Winnie-the-Pooh (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Delicious Squid Salad with Ginger Sauce

Squid

Squid (Photo credit: Scott Beale)

Delicious Squid Salad with Ginger Sauce

As I posted on this blog, I want to add this to the family Christmas Eve feast. Take a look!

Almond Pesto?? Sounds like Heaven to Me…

English: Shelled almonds (Prunus dulcis) Itali...

http://www.culinate.com/books/collections/all_books/the_geometry_of_pasta/pesto_trapanese

I don’t know about you, but to me The Geometry of Pasta sounds like one of those staple books that belongs in every kitchen!

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My new favorite blog is  http://italiancuisineblog.wordpress.com/

See the link below for a wonderful basic Sunday Gravy recipe as well as lots of other great Italian recipes.

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