Break Bread with Me

Sicily’s folk traditions are fascinating and sacred. On Day 3 of September’s Savoring Sicily tour, in Salemi, we’ll learn about ritual bread-making across the island. We’ll get up close and personal with a few loaves and learn about their significance. Why a hammer? Why a ladder? Why flowers? Why do Sicilian’s bake bread as an…

St. Joseph’s Day Sfinci

St. Joseph’s Day is about thanksgiving and abundance, but for many of us, the sfinci or spinci are the highlight of the feast. Sfinci are sponge-like (The name probably originates from the ancient Greek word for sponge.), fried cream puffs served hot with a dusting of cinnamon, confectioner’s sugar, and honey… or like these pictured,…

Loaves for Gratitude

As an act of prayer, Saint Joseph’s Day altars are donned with intricate loaves, many shaped as carpentry tools such as ladders, hammers, and pliers, as a nod to Joseph’s occupation as a carpenter. Others, shaped like animals, represent the onset of spring and fertility. Learn more about La Festa di San Giuseppe at The Inquisitive Eater….

Loaves for Thanksgiving

This photo of a St. Joseph’s Day (or Festa di San Giuseppe) altar is by Salvatore Farina. It was taken in the town of Salemi which is renowned for its “tavolate” of bread and other foods particular to celebrating this very important Sicilian feast that takes place annually on March 19. I’ve written about it…