Le Nevole: A spiced, grape must type of rolled wafer from Ortona, Abruzzo. Must is simply the crushed grapes used in the fermentation of wine. You can simply pulse some red seedless grapes in a blender as a substitute. RECIPE
Baci di Dama: These "Lady Kisses" from Piedmont are made with hazelnuts, almonds and either milk or dark chocolate--or some of each. Two small dome shaped cookies are glued together to form pursed lips ready to kiss. RECIPE
Occhi di Santa Lucia: As a boy I loved these crunchy, sugar glazed treats at my Grandmother's apartment in Hoboken. A Pugliese specialty, the Eyes of Saint Lucia are essentially tarelli, a hard bagel-like biscuit popular on Santa Lucia Day on December 13th. They differ from tarelli by the addition of white wine and the snow-white glaze.
Biscotti occhio di bue: (Bull's Eye Biscotti) This is an extremely popular and widespread Christmas cookin in Italy. It consists of two cookies with jam in between, the top cookie with an "eye" cut out of its middle. Although jam is traditional, many are filled with Nutella. RECIPE
Buon appetito e Buon Natale a tutti!
--Jerry, Lisa and Lucas Finzi