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Struffala recipe

Sunday, January 30th, 2005

About a month ago, Felicia wrote about making different types of Italian cookies, one type being struffala. A recent visitor to our blog requested the recipe for struffala so we thought we’d share our Nonni’s recipe with everyone. Here it is!

Ingredients:
2 ˝ cups sifted flour
4 eggs
˝ teaspoon sugar
˝ teaspoon baking powder
˝ teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 ˝ cups honey
multi-colored candy sprinkles

On a baking board, pile the flour and make a well in the center of the pile. Put the eggs, sugar, baking powder, and lemon peel into the well and mix all ingredients thoroughly. Form the mixture into tiny ball shapes (or any shape of your preference), maybe half-inch in diameter. Next, heat vegetable oil in an approximately one-quart pot, filling it about half-way with the oil (remember, this is an old Italian lady’s recipe. Not everything is measured out exactly!) When the oil becomes very hot, carefully drop the balls into the pan and fry until a golden brown. Carefully remove the balls from the oil and place them in a colander or on sheets of paper towels laid out flat. Once the cake balls are cool and the oil has dried off, arrange them on a platter and cover them in honey. Finally, sprinkle the cake balls with the candy sprinkles and enjoy!

I speak good English

Saturday, January 29th, 2005

I am an official grammar snob! All the name-calling and taunts by my co-workers are ringing true. I just completed this grammar quiz and recorded a perfect score. Try it… see if you ain’t got what it takes.

Powder hound

Saturday, January 29th, 2005
I took some pictures last week after that crazy snowstorm we had here in Chicago. I would have posted them sooner but I was experiencing some technical difficulties with my digital camera. My dog, Soprano, loves to play ... [Continue reading this entry]

New Nike ad

Friday, January 28th, 2005
Has anyone seen the new Nike TV ad featuring Albert Pujols, the sexiest man in baseball? It is fierce and intense and just a little bit freaky. The commercial may not actually contribute to increased sales of Nike ... [Continue reading this entry]

It happened again

Monday, January 24th, 2005
Another weird dream...this time I was in another city, I think it was Las Vegas. It didn't look like Vegas. I was in an auditorium getting ready to audition for American Idol. I don't remember the sequence ... [Continue reading this entry]

PBR Proud

Saturday, January 22nd, 2005
I am proud to say that, as of about an hour ago, I am an official member of the Pabst Blue Ribbon beer club. I was issued an official membership card and everything. This is a ... [Continue reading this entry]

In My Dreams

Friday, January 21st, 2005
Are you traveling if you're in bed? Last night, I had one of the weirdest dreams of my life. Vivid, colorful, and strangely inaccurate of real life, the dream was interesting, scary, and I remember feeling anxious for ... [Continue reading this entry]

Photographic global adventures

Thursday, January 20th, 2005
During my incredibly frustrating and irritating 90-minute commute home today, all I could think about was getting out of this city for a while. My thoughts ran along the lines of that "anywhere but here" mentality. I would ... [Continue reading this entry]

American Idol, Anyone?

Wednesday, January 19th, 2005
I've watched American Idol for the past two nights and I'm sick. This show has gone down the tubes...big time. I'm not saying this because I'm bitter that I didn't make it past the first round of ... [Continue reading this entry]

Garden State

Monday, January 17th, 2005
My first rave is about the movie Garden State. Francesca and I were supposed to have seen it in the theater months ago, but never did. Every time I tried to rent the DVD, the movie rental store ... [Continue reading this entry]