September 15, 2007 CookiesItalian.com NEWSLETTER
And while Italians usually seem to like foreigners, the foreigners they like most are the ones who know the score, the ones who have caved in and agreed that the Italian way of doing things is the best. For this is a proud and profoundly conservative people, as careful observation of ordering at the bar will confirm. And a tightly knit one too. How is it that they all instinctively sense, without even glancing at stylish watches, that such and such a time is the moment to switch to their aperitivi? How they chuckle and grin when a German orders a cappuccino rather than an espresso after lunch, pouring that milk on to an already full stomach. And here's a curious detail: espresso is always OK, twenty-four hours a day, even corretto (i.e., with grappa), but cappuccino has a very definite time slot: 8-10.30 a.m. Trivia? No, good training.
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THE ITALIAN COOKIE RECIPE AND DESSERT CONTEST
THE ITALIAN WEDDING TRADITIONS AND COOKIE PAGE
THIS MONTH'S COOKIE RECIPE
+ In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.+ Combine flour and baking powder – gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in cranberries and chocolate chips. Divide dough into three portions.
+ On ungreased baking sheets (I always use parchment paper), shape each portion into a 10 inch x 2 inch rectangle. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes.
+ Transfer the loaves to a cutting board and cut each loaf on the diagonal with a serrated (bread) knife into 1 inch slices.
+ Place the slices on their sides on the ungreased baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees until golden brown. Move the biscotti to wire racks to cool then store in an airtight container. Makes a little over two dozen.
+ For us kids Grandma put a little chocolate frosting on each cookie. Yummm.
DID YOU KNOW?
The wedding date is announced through elaborate partecipazioni (wedding invitations). The bride dresses in white and the groom in formal attire. They are accompanied by le damigelle (bridesmaids) and I cavalieri (ushers). The papa gives away the bride at the foot of the altar. Certain churches and shrines are traditional sites for weddings and are still chosen by young couples. The church ceremony is both a civil and religious event and is followed by a reception or a dinner.
The nuptial reception is usually elaborate. Many delicious dishes are served and there is lively music. Even though weddings vary from town to town according to local traditions, every couple begins married life with la luna di miele (the honeymoon). The couple thus becomes part of the extended family and gains its place among friends and relatives.
Till next time - have happy days.