Christmas Favorites: Norwegian Krumkake

The holidays are a wonderful time to reconnect with our ancestral heritage, and for Gio and me that means making some of our favorite Norwegian specialties. In addition to the Norwegian meatballs and gravlax that we serve at our Christmas Eve feast, we love to make Norwegian krumkake to feature on our sweets table. My…
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Christmas Favorites: Panettone Bread Pudding

Today’s Christmas Favorite features a traditional Italian fruitcake called Panettone, which originated in the city of Milan. Not to be confused with our American version of fruitcake, Panettone is a light, moist, flavorful cake more like a bread, with candied orange peel, lemon zest and raisins. Panettone is wonderful served in slices after a meal,…
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Christmas Favorites: Sicilian Christmas Salad

Today’s featured holiday recipe is our Sicilian Christmas Salad, featuring oranges, fresh fennel, mint, red onions, green olives and extra-virgin olive oil. If blood oranges and/or the lighter pink cara cara oranges are also available, we’ll layer them in, too. This is a salad that can be enjoyed throughout the citrus season, but is especially…
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Christmas Favorites: Baked Brie In Puff Pastry With Cranberries & Candied Nuts

This dish has become one of my favorite holiday party foods. This combination of hot brie cheese, puff pastry, cranberry sauce and candied walnuts is dangerously addictive, and is sure to be a hit on your party buffet. And why not? Who doesn’t love some puff pastry filled with oozing, cheesy, fruity, nutty goodness?  This…
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Christmas Favorites: Tony’s Norwegian Meatballs

When you’re married to one Sicilian, and mother to another, it’s easy to become infected by their passion for all things Italian. In fact, I often refer to myself as an I.B.M. – Italian by Marriage. But my grandfather, Don Mathison, was 100% Norwegian and proud of it, and every now and then we find…
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