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Merry New Year!

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004

Mark, Soprano, & I are off to Michigan to spend the New Year’s holiday weekend and Mark’s birthday (his 30th! It’s January 4th). I’ll take the time now to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. Have fun and be safe wherever your celebrations take you.

Italian Cookies Galore

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004

During the Christmas season, I take pleasure in spending time with family, celebrating with friends, and giving (and receiving) gifts. But I really enjoy baking – cookies, breads, cakes. Christmas allows me an “excuse” to do so. It seems that during other times of the year I have no time to bake.

My mom and I spent 12 hours a few Saturday’s ago making these Italian favorites: biscotti (anise & almond flavored), pizzelles (vanilla & almond flavored), struffala, and lemon drops. We also baked thumbprints (similar to kolachkis), and simple peanut butter cookies, which were extra tasty with chocolate chips.

Biscotti means “twice cooked.” The dough is baked as a log shape and when finished baking, is sliced into the cookie shapes, and baked again to “toast” the cookie. They are dry cookies and perfect for dunking in coffee.

Pizzelles are round and flat cookies, baked on a pizzelle iron. They look like waffles and taste similar to a waffle cone used for ice cream. Sprinkle on powder sugar for extra tastiness.

Struffala are made from dough and fried in hot oil. Most commonly shaped into balls, I rather enjoy shaping them into bows. My mother prefers dropping them into the oil as long strips. On our recent baking adventure, I attempted a few other shapes (for fun!) and we laughed at my “person” shaped struffala. Once the struffala cool, they are drenched in honey, and powdered sugar. My Nonni (my mother’s mother) made them into balls, topped with honey and candy sprinkles.

Lemon drops are my favorite of the bunch. The lemon-flavored dough is “dropped” onto the baking sheet, and when baked & cooled, dipped into a lemon frosting. Be sure to the let the frosting dry before enjoying the cookie!

Two nights ago I baked a banana cake using my Mimi’s (my father’s mother) recipe. All I have to say is “Yummy!” Tonight I’ll bake banana bread with the leftover bananas that Bob and I never quite got around to eating. While I enjoy the fruit, I must say, they taste much better when baked into a cake or bread.

Good luck panties

Monday, December 27th, 2004
It is tradition in countries such as Venezuela and Peru to wear yellow underwear on New Year's Day for good luck throughout the coming year. I read about this the other day and for some reason it tickled me. ... [Continue reading this entry]

“Felicia Folinazzo”

Monday, December 27th, 2004
Have you ever Googled your name? Yesterday, I Googled Folinazzo (479 results); Felicia Folinazzo (222 results), and “Felicia Folinazzo” (18 results). When Googling your name, if you enter it in quotation marks, only Websites with your name as it is ... [Continue reading this entry]

Christmas Eve menu

Friday, December 24th, 2004
Here's the list so far. Just keep in mind that we do not exactly sit down for a nice, proper meal. It is more like a free-for-all feeding frenzy. Appetizers: shrimp dip - spinach dip - bruschetta - ... [Continue reading this entry]

Buona Natale!

Friday, December 24th, 2004
Before things start getting really crazy around here, I want to take a minute to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. The whole famiglia, immediate and extended, is coming to our house to celebrate and we have quite a ... [Continue reading this entry]

Happy Birthday

Thursday, December 23rd, 2004 my baby brother Frankie. He hits the big 2-5 today. I can't believe he's that old. Seems like only yesterday that he was six years old, sitting on top of the washing machine in our old ... [Continue reading this entry]

PDX pix

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004
Here are a few more photos from last weekend in Portland Fruity Kate and husband Josh Yes he really is that tall. 6'7" to be exact. The Boots Babes That's me, Jen Leo, and Tara. Top row, L-R: Sean, ... [Continue reading this entry]

BnA party / PDX recap

Tuesday, December 21st, 2004
Why is it that when we look forward to something so much - a vacation, say - it seems like it takes forever for it to arrive but once it does arrive, it goes by so quickly? That is ... [Continue reading this entry]

I’m here!

Friday, December 17th, 2004
Got into Portland last night and I'm already suffering from sleep deprivation. I didn't get to bed until 1:00am, which was really 3:00am in my world. There was much catching up to do with Sean and Chris, and ... [Continue reading this entry]