This is a delightful book, filled with recipes, old photographs, and memories. It was written by Francena as a tribute to her Sicilian heritage, and her beloved Nonna. From the introduction:
“When I was a little girl I can remember visiting my Nonna on cold winter days and the aroma from her kitchen would warm your soul. Her house gave me a warm feeling because she was always cooking. She never followed a recipe so I would watch her cook and write down all the ingredients. She used a pinch of this and a handful of that, and was a delight to watch. Everything she made was delicious. She would always say “mangiare, mangiare”, which means “eat, eat.” My grandmother is the reason that I love to cook.
“Some of my recipes are over fifty years old, a few are variations of others I have gathered throughout the years, and several are original…”
Does that bring back fond memories of your own childhood? Now you can recreate the aromas and tastes of your nonna’s kitchen. If you would like your own copy of “Recipes My Nonna Taught Me,” contact Francena at (937) 433-7313, or email her at email@example.com
To whet your appetite, here is a sample recipe, courtesy of Francena.
Biscotti are very hard cookies. These are delicious dipped in cappuccino. Makes about 24 slices.
1/3 cup butter or 1/4 cup olive oil
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs or 3 egg whites
1-3/4 cup flour
Mix ingredients together in a large bowl, divide dough in half, shape each half into a loaf and flatten (looks like a loaf of bread before it rises).
Place on lightly greased cookie sheet; bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.
Cool for 1 hour.
Cut each loaf into 1 inch slices. Arrange side down on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees for 8 minutes. Turn slices over and bake 8 minutes or until slices feel dry.
Cool and store in an airtight container.
Biscotti can be made in many different flavors. Add lemon juice, orange juice, poppy seed, slivered almonds, or any flavoring you like in place of the cocoa.