All Hallows Eve
Oct31

All Hallows Eve

When I was a kid growing up Halloween was a BIG DEAL! My father, a child at heart, would go all out each year on Halloween. Forget those cheap costumes from the department stores (you know the kind that came in a box with a plastic see through window. The ones where you had a cheap plastic mask with a thin elastic band that when placed on your face smelled of chemicals. I can still smell that smell!) my father ensured that we got well...

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Grandial
Jan02

Grandial

It was New Year’s Eve, the ball was dropping, the clock counting down and champagne was in order. Problem is every year as we usher in the new year and toast with a glass of bubbly I did so out of tradition and not because I really enjoyed drinking it. I am one of the few people I know that doesn’t like champagne. I like wine so that isn’t the problem. I like fizzy drinks so that too isn’t the problem. It is...

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Struffoli
Jan01

Struffoli

What would the holidays be without a heaping pile of stuffoli swimming in honey and generously topped with colorful sprinkles? For those unfamiliar with this seasonal treat it is an Italian specialty usually made at Christmas time. My Aunt Rose made struffoli every year and she didn’t hold back! She would make a huge platter piled high for each household in the family. It isn’t difficult to make but it is time consuming....

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Magical Christmas!
Dec31

Magical Christmas!

I love Christmas! I enjoy everything about the season. The lights, the music, the smells, the preparation all leading up to Christmas Eve where the vibration in the house is so alive you can feel the energy. I just got back from visiting New York and spending time with my family. Going to my childhood home for Christmas is nothing short of a magical winter wonderland. My parents throughout my entire life have spared nothing in their...

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