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turosdolci's picture

We always have some Italian dishes during our holidays. Whether it is Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve or Easter, there is always ravioli on our table as a first dish. We would set up an assembly line with all of us pitching in to make hundreds of them before Thanksgiving so that we could have them for Christmas also. They freeze very well, but don’t ever defrost them before cooking them, just put them into a large amount of salted boiling water directly from the freezer.“the-old-country”/

turosdolci's picture

In Italy desserts are often flavored with honey, chestnuts, pine nuts, hazelnuts and almonds. Cantucci originated in the Tuscany and it is thought that they were flavored with almonds from Prato. They can be found in every pasticceria in the Tuscany. Cantucci are mostly eaten with a glass of “Vin Santo” a sweet wine. Many restaurants serve small almond biscotti with coffee and some will have a bowl of them on the table at all times. It is probably the most well-known and popular biscotti in Italy.

Following is our family recipe for cantucci. Make a full recipe and stored in a metal container, they will last a few weeks. They can be frozen up to two months – they defrost very quickly. You will always have biscotti to serve with coffee when friends drop by. 

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Recipe for Altamura?

July 9, 2009 - 7:37pm -- summerbaker

One of my favorite multi-purpose breads is the Italian bread, Altamura.  However, I have never made it myself and am now hoping that someone out there knows of a good recipe.  Quite a few recipes come up in a Google search, but I trust the folks here on TFL to be more likely to come up with a winner!  Don't feel obligated to write up the whole recipe; a source would be much appreciated.  Thanks!


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Bay Cities Italian Deli - Santa Monica, CA

June 27, 2009 - 10:21am -- mrosen814

OK, this is a total shot in the dark, but I am looking for a recipe similar to the AMAZING sandwich rolls from Bay Cities Italian Deli in Santa Monica, CA.  These rolls have a great bubbly crust, chewy texture, and the flavor is insane!  If anyone has any insight on how to acquire a similar recipe, that would be very much appreictaed!

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porketta recipe

June 2, 2009 - 7:47am -- NepaBill

Does anyone have an authentic recipe for Porketta?  All my online searches seem to yield the same two recipes (posted below). Any input would be of great value.  I will probably take the best of both recipes and combine, unless anyone can point me in the right direction.


most common recipe found all over the web:

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Hungry For Italian

May 27, 2009 - 10:23am -- Bixmeister

I am very fond of the taste and texture of Italian bread, so I followed the recipe labled Italian Bread 101 in the recipe section of website.

Here are the results:

This is a sesame seeded Italian Bread with egg white wash

I bought 2 large teflon coated, double sided baking sheets

that I custom cut to the size of my baking stone.  On the


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