GoSicily In New York City

Making pasta from scratch can be so joyful! Thank you Annalisa Pompeo of GoSicily Sicilian Cooking Experience for bringing some of Sicily along with your talents and knowledge to Cacio e Vino and Experience Sicily in New York City this evening! To meet Annalisa in Sicily, come with us this September 19-26 for Stirring Sicily,…

Rice Balls, Glorious Rice Balls

Before I continue with the significance of the December 13 Feast for Santa Lucia, let’s talk about the really serious stuff! That is, that Palermitani celebrate the Saint by eating arancine. Arancine (as they are known in Palermo, pictured right; Arancini, if you’re from the east side of Sicily, pictured left), are rice balls filled…

Bread Making For Thanksgiving

Let’s make bread together! In Sicily for Saint Joseph’s Day, or la Festa di San Giuseppe, as an act of prayer and thanksgiving, devotees to the patron saint of fathers, carpenters, and those who toil for work, spend days preparing beautifully crafted loaves for their March 19 feast day altars. Are you seeking protection or…

Cuccìa for Lucia

Cuccìa is a wheat berry (also barely, spelt, or farro) pudding made in honor of the Feast of Santa Lucia, the patron saint of wheat and grain. I made this cuccìa pictured, following the recipe in Giorgio Locatelli’s Made in Sicily cookbook. Cuccìa became the traditional dish of the December 13 feast because during the…

Crunchy On The Outside

Earlier this week, I mentioned that in the days leading up to and including La Festa di Santa Lucia, Palermitani don’t eat flour-based foods. So what do they eat then? Arancine, of course! Yes, these balls-of-gold are a masterpiece of Palermitano wheat-free street food, and Sicilians of the Conco d’Oro take their arancine very seriously…