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September 08, 2009


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My Carolina Kitchen

I love granitas. Our favorite is either espresso flavored or Campari and orange juice. So easy to make and an ice cream maker isn't necessary. Like you said, just freeze and scrape with a fork. I've never tried the chocolate one you mentioned. It sounds wonderful.

Paula Aiello

I confess to a preference for gelato, but because granitas are less "dense" they give more quantity yet aren't as filling. I prefer granitas when the weather is really warm.
I like most flavors. Although I'm generally not a fan of melon-flavored drinks, adding the chocolate chips in the watermelon may win me over :-)
There is definitely a place for both in a comprehensive traveler's diet.
Any news about the cookies I asked about?
NOTA BENE: I'm looking for a really good CUCCIDATI recipe to make for Christmas (our fig tree is over productive this year!!) Ask around to see if you get any good hints.

Food Lover Kathy

Paula: I'm still working on finding the name to the cookie---everyone I ask says "pasta di mandorla" (almond paste).
I'm looking for cuccidati everyday. No one really knows what I'm saying when I say cuccidati. I found out today it's for a number of reasons: 1) cuccidati is Sicilian dialect for "bucellati." 2) I don't say it with the Palermitano accent--c sound like a g and emphasis on the "d"--, so the Italians don't understand me. 3) They're more common around the Palermo area, so I'll wait until I get there. You may already know this but cuccidati are VERY labor intensive (I've promised to make them with the figs from my aunt's tree---luckily for me she hasn't had a lot of figs!!), but I have a delicious recipe from my nonna, which I'll find and share....soon. (I've been told by my aunts that it was the best cuccidati in Pittsburg, they're not biased or anything, though.

Paula Aiello

Very interesting - the Sicilian dialect has always been completely imcomprehensible to me except for the words I heard often.
I know cuccidati are a lot of work, which is why I don't make them often :-) I'm sure your nonna's recipe will be fine and my mom says she has one or two that are good.
Forget about the nugatoli ... I never liked the ones my grandfather made that much anyway; I just wondered whether I disliked the cookie itself or just the way he made them.

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