Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Buono Natale

After Christmas lunch you are certain every Italian household will be playing Tombola

Here we are another Christmas in Italy at my mother-in-laws home.  In Tuscany for Christmas there is food you can always count on having at the table.  By now I know we will always have to start numerous crostini followed by homemade ravioli and then troppo dolce (a lot of dessert.)  My mother in law doesn't really make desserts, (and she really doesn't need to be bothered as she had received about 4-5 panettone alone,) but she makes everything else which is always excellent!  Here is just a taste of all the flavors we celebrated this Christmas.  Happy Holidays!

For the crostini primi we had mushroom pate, olive pate, onions agrodolce just to name a few
This is baccala, basically dried, salted cod that can be cooked in numerous ways; my sister-in-laws favorite
Cabbage, cipolle agrodolce and biological chick-peas (Italian version of organic)
I absolutely loved these little guys!  Don't worry, a post dedicated to making these to follow...
Homemade ravioli filled with spinach, ortica and ricotta

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