October 2008 Newsletter
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October, 2008
CookiesItalian.com  NEWSLETTER
 

IT’S ALMOST HALLOWEEN – PUMPKIN TIME

A woman was asked by a co-worker, “What is it like to be a Christian?”

She replied, “It is like being a pumpkin. God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes off all the dirt. Then He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff!

“He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, and greed. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.”

FALL COOKIE SPECIAL
Send some cookies to your parents, grandparents, college kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, and friends – or just enjoy them yourself.

The Fall Special Package contains:
½ dozen Pumpkin Pecan Biscotti 
(dip these in spiced cider for a real taste treat),
½ dozen Cranberry Orange Walnut Biscotti
(dunk these in hot coffee or tea),
½ dozen Italian Chocolate Spice cookies, and
½ dozen Ossi di Morto
(“Bones of the Dead” – Halloween is here),
AND a FREE taste of ½ dozen Mini Italian White Wedding cookies. That’s two and ½ dozen cookies for $24.99 (plus shipping).
This Fall Special Package will run through November 21st.
Order yours now.
 For more info and to order CLICK HERE
Don’t forget to place your cookie order early for Thanksgiving delivery.

FAMILY NEWS from CookiesItalian.com
Laurine and Bill are getting their gift packages ready for Christmas. They are adding a few new products to CookiesItalian.com and will make gift certificates available this year. Be sure to check out next month’s newsletter for all the new items.

THIS  MONTH'S  COOKIE  RECIPE
I’m not sure just how Italian these pumpkin bars are, but my Italian Grandma used to make them and that’s good enough for me.

Pumpkin Bars
Ingredients:
2 cups pumpkin (1 can)
2 cups white sugar
1 cup oil
2 eggs
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups all purpose flour

Directions:
Combine all ingredients
Pour into jelly roll pan or 9x12 cake pan
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until done
Great with whipped cream or Cool Whip or ice cream

Here’s My Favorite Pumpkin Recipe.
It has nothing to do with Italy
except that I am Italian and I make it – and it’s great.
If you like pumpkin, I think you will really like this.

Pumpkin CrunchI
ngredients:
1  pkg (box) yellow cake mix
1  can (15 oz) pumpkin
1  can (12 oz) evaporated milk
3  large eggs
1-1/2  C  sugar
1  t  cinnamon
1/2  t  salt
1/2  C  chopped pecans
1  C  butterwhipped topping 

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350º
Grease 9 x 13 pan
Combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.
Pour into 9 x 13 pan
Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly over pumpkin mixture
Top with pecans
Drizzle melted butter over pecans
Bake at 350º for 50 - 55 minutes until golden brown
Cool in refrigerator
Serve chilled topped with whipped topping

DID YOU KNOW? Politics and Government in Italy
Italy is a democratic republic. It has a parliamentary government with a president, a cabinet headed by il presidente del consiglio (prime minister), and a parliament consisting of Senato (Senate) and Camera dei Deputati (Chamber of Deputies). Both houses of parliament elect the president to a seven-year term. The president is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, can declare war, and has the power to dissolve the parliament and call new elections. The president appoints the prime minister, who forms a government. There is no vice-president.

The president of the Senate serves in place of the president in case of illness. New elections are held when the president dies.
 The Italian prime minister is selected from the Chamber of Deputies by the president, must be approved by the parliament, determines national policies, and is a powerful figure in the Italian political world.

The prime minister selects the members of the cabinet, who must be approved by both the president and the parliament. The prime minister and the cabinet are referred to as il governo (the government). The parliament can replace the prime minister, who has no fixed term of office.

Till next time - have happy days.
Thanks much for your interest in Italian cookies and Italian traditions.
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Rev. Fr. Mike
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