Italian Wedding Cookies Recipe

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These Cookies go by Several Names

ITALIANor MEXIACAN WEDDING COOKIES and RUSSIAN TEA CAKES or COOKIES

RECIPE :

ITALIAN WEDDING COOKIES

1-1/2 cups Unsalted Butter
3/4 cup Confectioners’ Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
3/4 cup ALMONDS  (Finely Chopped)
2-1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
3 cups Sifted All-Purpose Flour
1/3 cup Confectioners’ Sugar For Rolling

Preheat oven to 325° F. Cream butter or margarine in a bowl, gradually add confectioners”” sugar and salt. Beat until light and fluffy. Add nuts and vanilla. Blend in flour gradually and mix well.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 1/2 hours.

Shape into balls using about 1 teaspoon for each cookie. Place on ungreased cookie sheets, and bake for 10 minutes. Do not brown.
Cool slightly. Roll in the extra Confectioners Sugar.

 

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The FEAST of The 7 FISH

ITALIAN CHRISTMAS

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Real Sicilian Pizza

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SFINCIONE

This is Real Authentic SICILIAN #PIZZA

the Kind you find in PALERMO

 

RECIPE :

  • 1 tablespoon dry active yeast
  • ¼ cup/45 grams fine semolina
  • 2 cups/255 grams 00 flour or all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

FOR THE TOPPING:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for greasing pan and drizzling
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ cups plain tomato sauce (look for passata, which is not a thick purée)
  •  Salt and pepper
  •  Pinch of red-pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1 cup/85 grams grated pecorino or other sheep’s cheese (3 ounces)
  • 8 anchovy fillets, cut into 1-inch pieces
  •  Dried oregano, preferably Sicilian
  1. Make the dough: In a mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, put 1 cup lukewarm water and yeast. Add semolina and stir to make a thin paste. Let sit at room temperature for 5 minutes, until bubbly.
  2. Add flour, salt and olive oil, and mix until dough becomes a rough mass. Knead dough until smooth, about 5 minutes. Dust with flour as needed, but don’t add much: This is meant to be a soft dough. Put kneaded dough in a resealable plastic bag or a bowl covered with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably longer, up to 24 hours.
  3. Make the sauce: Put 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water, and raise heat to high. Simmer briskly until all the water has evaporated and onions are soft. Add tomato purée and bring to a simmer, then turn off heat. Season with salt and pepper, and add red pepper to taste. Allow mixture to cool, then stir in bread crumbs, grated cheese and anchovies. Let mixture rest for 5 minutes, then taste and adjust seasoning.
  4. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Drizzle olive oil to coat the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch rimmed baking sheet. Remove dough from refrigerator and press down to deflate. Using a rolling pin, flatten dough to a small rectangle.
  5. Transfer dough to oiled baking sheet, and, using the palms of your hands, stretch dough to the edges. If dough is rebellious and resists, let it rest for a few minutes, then stretch again. (It may take 2 or 3 attempts.) Cover dough loosely with plastic wrap or a damp tea towel, and set in a warm place to rise. After 30 minutes or so, dough should have doubled in thickness.
  6. Spoon the topping evenly over the dough, then use a spatula or the back of the spoon to spread the topping smoothly over entire surface, leaving a half-inch border. Drizzle surface with 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil.
  7. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes on the oven’s middle shelf, until nicely browned. Check the underside to make sure it is crisp, and bake for a few more minutes if necessary. (Tent top with foil if top has browned too quickly.)
  8. Remove from pan to a cutting board. Sprinkle with a little salt and a large pinch of oregano. Cut into 8 square slices. Serve warm or at room temperature.

 

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RECIPES FROM MY SCIILIAN NONNA

CAPONATA

ARACINI (Sicilian Rice Balls)

PASTA con SARDE

MACCHERONI

RAGU SICILIAN

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Raos Italian Restaurant E. Harlem NY

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RAOS

EAST HARLEM , NEW YORK


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Founded in 1896, starting as a saloon, family owned – 4 generations in. From the famous NFL Manning brothers throwing a football outside of the restaurant which is on East 114th street to Sting and Bon Jovi both being in the restaurant and by the end of the night singing Sinatra’s famous “New York” hit together and with the entire restaurant, to topping it with Sophia Loren walking in and the always noisy restaurant dropping silent. This place is home. We walked in, greeted with such kindness by the owner, Frank Pellegrino (with no reservation I might add as they do not accept them – however they are somehow booked for 2015), we fell back into the era circa 1930 and I felt like I was a main character in Goodfellas – it was amazing. I am still unsure how it happened, starting with some drinks with Dee behind the bar – who comes across as the friend you grew up with – followed by our dreams coming true as we were told a table is being set for us. Dining and having the seafood salad, calamari (duh), meatballs, lemon chicken, broccoli rabe, vodka penne, of course a bottle of wine and topping it with lemon cello courtesy of the down to earth, classy, stylish Mr. Pellegrino – it sure was one of the best nights in New York City. To get a seat here is unheard of, the tables are allegedly each given to certain family’s for life and theirs whenever they want them. The generous, kind owner Frank, makes you feel like he’s your uncle Frank seating you at his birthday party. He was born on East 114th street in Harlem – his wife of 40+ years also is from the same area – he keeps tradition alive in numerous ways. This is an establishment you will find no where else. (Well, you can try in Hollywood and Vegas as they opened there too 🙂 but I’m confident it will not be as original as the Harlem location. 

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The late FRANK PELLEGRINO Sr. at RAOS

RIP


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The RAO’S COOKBOOK


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RAO’S MARINARA SAUCE







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Make Your Own SAUCE

BY DANIEL BELLINO “Z”





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Long time RAO’S Regular BO DEITEL shoots a Scene for The WOLF of WALL STREET
at RAO’S with LEONARDO DiCAPRIO

RAO’S LEMON CHICKEN




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JOHN’S of 12th STREET , RAO’S , PINO’S ITALIAN BUTCHER , MARIO BATALI ‘S BABBO ,

GREENWICH VILLAGE NEWPORT STEAKS , CHEF PIETRO MOSCONI ,               ITALIAN FOOD,

& ITALIAN-AMERICAN BEST SELLING ITALIAN COOKBOOK

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Map BEST ITALIAN in New York

MAP   “Best Italian New York ” 

Restaurants, Caffes, Pastry Shops, Pizza, Pork Stores and …

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NEW YORK ITALIAN Italian Food

 

A Map of the Best Food in New York, restaurants, Pizzerias, Pork Stores, Pasta Shops, Italian Pastries, Bread, and Caffes, compiled by Native New York Best Selling Cookbook Author Daniel Bellino Zwicke. On the list are: Bar Pitti, Monte’s Trattoria, Rocco’s Pasticceria Caffe, Faicco’s (pork Store), RAO’S and more.

 

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SUNDAY SAUCE

NEW YORK ITALIAN

RECIPES   for The Times You Can’t

Go to One of the Great Italian Restaurants

on the Best Italian Restaurants NYC MAP Above

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Daniel Bellino Z is Back at NY Italian

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Me in ROME

2018

 

Hey Guys, “I’m Back!” Somehow I lost my password for my Dashboard that I run sever websites from, including Daniel-Bellino-Zwicke.com (this Site),  Big-Lebowski-Cookbook.com , Greenwich-Village-Italian.com , Vinyl-n-Vines.com ,  and NY-Foodie.com.

None of the Sites were down. They were all up and running, it’s just that I couldn’t get to the dashboard of each to make Post, so consequently there have’t been any posts on any of these sites for 3 months. I started a couple of New Sites in order to make posts, as I wasn’t sure if I would ever be able to get back on the sites, so I have another Author Website for myself at Daniel-Bellino-Zwicke . 

I also started a new site for Positano , and The Amalfi Coast . Please stay tuned, I will start posting again on all these sites.

Thanks,

Daniel