Cuccidati: Sicilian Christmas Cookies

Cuccidati, pictured, are traditional Sicilian cookies stuffed with dried fig filling. Associated with Christmas, both professional and home bakers make them, and some are more elaborately decorated than others. The filling is made with (This is a common recipe, but not all are exactly the same.) chopped dried figs, pumpkin jam, honey, raisins, almonds, orange…

Let’s Light Up These Dark Days on Sunday With Santa Lucia

At the dawn of the 4th century, practicing Christianity in the Roman-ruled city of Siracusa was illegal. Already though, inspired by nearby Catania’s Patron Saint, Sant’Agata, who lived just a few decades before (from 231 AD – 251 AD), the young and beautiful Lucia devoted herself to Christianity. In fact, she was known to enter…

The Joy Of Cooking In Sicily

What joy it is to learn classic Sicilian recipes from GoSicily Sicilian Cooking Experience, one of three local hosts with whom we meet during our Experience Sicily small-group tour, Cooking In Sicily: Stirring Sicily. One day during September 16-23, 2020, Chef Antonino Elia and I will be back in Annalisa’s kitchen outside of Agrigento with…