|My mother in law's pepperoni for crostini as seen here http://www.americanina.com/2011/10/pepperoni-perfetto.html
For Christmas this year we are in Italy. Here Christmas pranzo (lunch) is the big meal. With antipasto, primo, secondo, etc, etc. Traditionally in Tuscany crostini and ravioli are served for this special day. Since this year it was a quiet Christmas at my mother in law's we had a simple, but wonderful meal that did include crostini, pasta and of course dolce! Buon Natale!
|Funghi pate made with fresh porcini, I have made this before as seen here http://www.americanina.com/2011/05/pate-di-funghi.html (but with no fresh porcini!)
|This is a very particular, rustic bread my husband loves I have only ever seen it in Italy
|One of my husbands favorite pasta dishes, mussels with penne
|One of my favorite pastas my mother in law makes, shrimp + zucchini, will have to post this recipe soon
|A traditional Christmas dessert, panforte, I could compare it to a hard fruit cake, but it is so much better then fruitcake
|Panforte cut open
|Another traditional Christmas cake, Torta di Cecco, which is literally Cake of Francesco, this one is dipped in dark chocolate, I found this oddly addictive
|Torte di Cecco sliced, almonds and dried apricots make up this cake
|The ultimate Italian Christmas cake, Pandoro, nothing else like it!
|Here is a slice of Pandoro coverd with Marsala liquor, very delicious