Betty’s Knots

I finally figured out why my mom has so many different recipes for basically the same holiday cookie.  Her generation of women made the traditional Italian cookies from the region in Italy where they came from originally.   Each region has a slightly different version of many of the Christmas (and other holiday) sweets.  So … Continue reading

The Many Recipes of Strufolli

Struffoli is not something I make every Christmas.  Just like my mom, I would try it every few years, always saying afterwards, “never again.”  It is very time consuming, and, quite frankly, back breaking, especially if you are doing it alone.  While going through the many recipes that both my mom and I have collected … Continue reading

Christmas Butter Cookies

Somewhere around 1960, my mom met a wonderful woman, who was the mother of my soon to be best friend.  I was 9 years old at the time, and we are still great friends to this day.  My Mom and Anne (last name to remain anonymous) both loved cooking and St. Jude.  They were constantly … Continue reading