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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.

New Year's Day Recipes  >>
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.

Befana Cake Recipe >>
Prosciutto Roses with Melon Hearts
Valentine's Day - February 14
Galani - Venetian Carnival Pastries
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.

Carnevale Recipes  >>
Quaresimali Romani
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.

Quaresimali Recipe  >>
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. Patrick's Day Recipes >>
St. Joseph's Day - March 19
Zeppole di San Giuseppe
St. Joesph'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.

Easter Recipes  >>
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.  Throughout Italy, cafes and pastry shops sell special cookies.  Sweet treats are meant to bring some cheer to compensate for the sadness of the day.

All Soul's Day Cookie Recipe  >>
Thanksgiving Turkey
Although Thanksgiving is an all-American holiday, there are many wonderful Italian dishes that fit perfectly into a Thanksgiving dinner menu. 

Thanksgiving Recipes  >>
Italian Thanksgiving Dinner
A Traditional Italian Christmas
A collection of Italian Christmas recipes for Christmas Eve, a Christmas Day breakfast and dinner menu, traditional holiday desserts and cookies.

Christmas Recipes  >>
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Homemade Limoncello
Ricotta Cheese
Candied Orange Peel
Roasted Chestnuts
Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie
No more bending your spaghetti or lasagna to get it all in the boiling water. The pan's wide oval shape takes up minimal space when the stovetop is crowded.
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, featuring, appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts.