They Stabbed Lucia With A Dagger

Please join Experience Sicily online to celebrate the Feast of Santa Lucia this Sunday, Dec. 13 at Noon Eastern. Reserve your spot at https://experiencesicily.com/santa-lucia-2020/ (Story continued from yesterday…) Like Sant’Agata of Catania before her, the maiden Lucia refused to participate in the activities of the brothel to which she was condemned. This of course, angered the…

Persephone And Pomegranates

Pomegranates, when left on their trees, open like flowers to release hundreds of seeds. They are harvested in the fall. The maiden Kore, before she became known as Queen of the Underworld, Persephone, ate pomegranate seeds when Hades (AKA Pluto, God of the Underworld) offered them to her. The act of accepting them signified moving…

Drinking Sangue In Palermo

Yes, “Sangue,” meaning blood. It’s a sweet wine typical to Palermo–a cross between Marsala and Zibibbo. The locals drink it at the Taverna Azzurra in La Vucciria market. And here, Eric and I are raising a glass–definitely to a sweeter time. Hang in there, we’ll get through this! I got through drinking Sangue, after all….

A Sicily-inspired Gift Idea: A Sicilian Cooking Box

I learned how to make this zucchini tart (which I made for our Thanksgiving table) from Annalisa of GoSicily Sicilian Cooking Experiences. You and your loved ones can learn from Annalisa too through the GoSicily Sicilian Culinary Experience in a Box that’s filled with artisanal ingredients from Sicily and comes with online tutorials with Annalisa…

Western Sicily’s Salt Pans

The salt pans of Nubia, near Trapani along Sicily’s west coast are renowned by cooks throughout the world for the delicious sea salt Sicilians have harvested from here for centuries. The tuna fishing industry, which has existed here since Phoenician times (c. 800 BCE), prompted the development of the salt pans because salt is an…

Learn To Make Sicilian Stuffed Artichokes This Sunday

Join us on Sunday to learn to make Artichokes Three Ways! When I was a child, before the turkey and fixings, we started our Thanksgiving dinner with my Sicilian grandmother Lorenzina’s stuffed artichokes. This Sunday, join Allison Scola of Experience Sicily online with Annalisa of GoSicily Sicilian Cooking Experience, who will be live from her…