New Year’s Eve Traditions

With the end of 2019 quickly approaching, I have fond memories that circle my mind daily.  I would like to share that growing up Italian with immigrant parents, many people would make comments that it was like being in Italy when they entered our home.  They were right!

However, I was very fortunate to have a family that invited and welcomed everyone into our home.  With that we had many traditions that carried over from not only Italy but all over the world. The ethnicity did not end with Italians but with beautiful individuals from everywhere.

With the start of the New Year we believed that eating certain foods would bring luck, health, happiness and of course prosperity. A couple of foods to share with you that I distinctly remember eating on new year’s day were lentil soup and pork sausage or roasted pork.  Lentils represent coins, wealth as well as health. Sausage or pork has an abundance of fat which symbolizes abundance and wealth.  We also dark green, sautéed broccolini which also represented health and money.  Finally, dried figs were served at our house, a sign of wisdom.  My mother, Armida enjoyed serving the figs cut in half with a piece of walnut between the halves.  Yummy!

Although regions of Italy and the world all celebrate differently,  no matter where you are on the globe we all have traditions or perhaps they are fun superstitions.   Find yours today and have fun with it for your family.  However you celebrate, I wish you much joy and happiness!

Cheers to a Happy  New Year!

 


Let Them Bake!

Happy Holidays to all!  I hope they have been memorable to all of you so far.  Although Christmas has come and gone, it is never too late to “let them bake” and share good cheer for the upcoming New Year!

So whatever your Family’s favorite, take some time to let your creativity fly (perhaps a little flour and sprinkles too) in your kitchen and have some laughs.  Making the mess is half the fun and your outcome will be purely memorable.  Enjoy the moment!

Let Them Bake!

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You can sip on this Mango Lassi with Cardamom and Pistachio as a breakfast or Brunch or Lunch or Dinner. No Kidding. This can serve as either a protein packed delicious breakfast in the morning or a delicious dessert in a glass in the evenings. This world-famous drink is filled with probiotic from the Greek […]

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Mango Lassi with Cardamom and Pistachio — MyYellowApron


Crumby!

Recently, my son had to say “farewell” or “see you later” to one of his dearest friends who had been relocated here in a transient situation like many of  us.  Their dear teacher gave me permission to bring in some treats, with that….

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Thinking and thinking what to bring in???? Something easy to transport, something the kids will enjoy…cupcakes, no! Something simpler.  What did this little boy from Thailand truly enjoy, you ask?   None other than good old-fashioned chocolate chip cookies.  Bingo!

With that I made a giant chocolate chip cookie in a pizza pan, served to the children like a slice of pizza!

Added a little hand-made message and voila, it felt genius but really just FUN!!!!

I used a classic chocolate chip recipe and filled the pizza pan with all the dough.  Cooking time varies based on you pizza pan, but approximately 20 minutes or until golden at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

What else can you tell your nine year old son when he is so sad…It is just CRUMBY to see your friend go!  and yes, you will miss him but thanks for technology and the sometimes “small” world where we live, you may cross paths again soon!

With that a BIG HUG….