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Italian recipes to celebrate special holidays and events throughout the year.
Capo d'Anno
New Year's Day Recipes
Sausage and Lentils
The annual rite of consuming good luck food for New Year's Day is observed all over the world.   If you would like to add a "good luck" dish to your New Year's Day menu, we are providing you with several options.
Befana Cake
Feast of the Three Kings
January 6
Befana Cake is traditionally made for the Feast of the Three Kings.  Before the cake is baked, a large dried bean is added to the dough.  The cake is presented on a crown and whoever receives the slice with the bean is king (or queen) for the day.
Prosciutto Roses with Melon Hearts
Valentine's Day
February 14
Galani - Venetian Carnival Pastries
Carnevale
Carnevale in Italy is similar to Mardi Gras in the US.  It is a two to three week period of festivities before Ash Wednesday (40 days before Easter).  Because the date of Easter changes yearly, so does the date for carnival festivals which can be anywhere from February 3 - March 9.
Quaresimali Romani
Quaresima
Quaresima is the Italian word for Lent, the 6 week period that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday.  Quaresimali are a specialty of the Lenten season because they are supposed to be so hard they are a penance to eat.
Corned Beef and Cabbage Ravioli with Mustard Cream Sauce
An Italian Tribute to St. Patrick's Day
Our tribute to St. Patrick's Day takes corned beef, that is a popular American St. Patrick's Day dish, and uses it to make a wonderful filling for ravioli.   Finish the meal with an Irish twist on cannoli by adding some Bailey's Irish cream to our traditional ricotta cannoli filling.
St. Joseph's Day
March 19
Zeppole di San Giuseppe
St. Joseph's Day Pastries  >>
St. Joseph's Day Bread  >>
St. Joseph's Day Pasta  >>
Easter
La Festa di Pasqua
Easter Egg Bread
A collection of traditional Italian Easter recipes ... breads,
desserts, and specialty dishes.
All Soul's Day Cookies
All Soul's Day
November 2
All Soul's Day is a Roman Catholic day of remembrance for friends and family who have died.  Sweet treats are meant to bring some cheer to compensate for the sadness of the day.
Thanksgiving Turkey
Although Thanksgiving is an all-American holiday, there are many wonderful Italian dishes that fit perfectly into a Thanksgiving dinner menu. 
Italian Thanksgiving
Dinner
A Traditional Italian
Christmas
Struffoli
A collection of Italian Christmas recipes for Christmas Eve, a Christmas Day breakfast and dinner menu, traditional holiday desserts and cookies.
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Homemade Limoncello
Ricotta Cheese
SPECIAL FEATURES
Candied Orange Peel
Roasted Chestnuts
Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie
HAPPY BIRTHDAY OR ANY
SPECIAL DAY
Valentine's Day in Italy is known as La Festa Degli Innamorati (the day of lovers).   Read about some of the Italian traditions for this day and find delicious recipes for an Italian-style Valentine's Day dinner.
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New Year's Day Recipes  >>
Befana Cake Recipe  >>
Valentine's Day Recipes  >>
Carnevale Recipes  >>
Quaresimali Recipes  >>
St. Patrick's Day Recipes >>
Easter Recipes  >>
All Soul's Day Cookies  >>
Thanksgiving Recipes  >>
Christmas Recipes  >>
ENTERTAINING TIP
If you don't have a set of plain white dishes, put this at the top of your must-have entertaining essentials.  White dishes look sensational on the table by themselves or you can completely change their appearance on the table by pairing them with different accent plates, linens, and accessories.  In the summer, create a bright tabletop by combing your white dishes with blue and white salad plates and apple green table linens.  In the fall, pair your white dishes with russet napkins and an autumn centerpiece. In winter, make them more elegant with silver and gold accessories, or make them more whimsical by adding holiday stemware and napkins.  With white dishes and varied accessories, your table will never look the same for any occasion.
This attractive white dinnerware set is made of sturdy but elegant-looking porcelain.  The set is designed with a simple, classic look that would look great on just about any type of dining table.
It would make a thoughtful housewarming gift for someone who is setting up a kitchen for the first time.
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