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Five Gourmet Italian Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

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Like all true Italians, we cherish and celebrate Mama all year round. But over the years, we’ve given and received some great Mother’s Day gifts. Here are some of our favorites: A box of cookies just for her Of course we have to start our list here. Who doesn’t love a cookie? Mama cooks and bakes for everyone else. We’ve created two Mother’s Day cookie assortments (gluten-free and regular) that feature some of our most popular and favorites so that
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Celebrate Easter with Naturally Dyed Eggs and an Italian Picnic

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Easter (Pasqua in Italian) is one of the biggest holidays in Italy. It is a time to celebrate spring, sweetness and light. After weeks of Lent, when many Italians abstain from meat and dessert, Easter Sunday arrives in a burst of color and flavor. The day is spent eating, drinking and enjoying the arrival of spring with family. Italians also take Monday off for Pasquetta (“Little Easter”) which is a day for picnics with friends and more celebration. To help
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Gluten-free Cookies: how we make them taste so good

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At the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim last week, lots of gluten-free folks stopped by our booth and tasted our Glutenetto cookies. “How do you get them to taste like the real thing?” they asked. It takes a lot of love and a lot of hard work! Here’s the long and short of it. I am Italian! So when I had to give up gluten and dairy, I also had to give up so many food traditions and memories
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Carnevale recipe: crostoli con ricotta

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Carnevale is Italy’s version of Mardi Gras, the big blow-out before the restrictions of Lent begin on Ash Wednesday. It’s a winter festival celebrated throughout the country with parades, music, masks, masquerade and (of course) special cookies. Easter is a bigger deal in Italy than Christmas. Likewise, Carnevale beats New Year’s in terms of festivities. Venice, Viareggio on the Tuscany Coast and Cento in Emilia Romagna host the most extravagant and famous Carnevale festivals. But even our little village in
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How to make a Romantic Valentine’s Day, Italian Style

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Italy has a rich tradition of love and romance. We gave the world Romeo and Juliette. Dante and Beatrice. Paolo and Francesca. At Cookies con Amore, we are Italian! We are romantics! We bake desserts from and for the heart! And so, from time to time, we’re asked how Italians celebrate Valentine’s Day. The truth is that the holiday isn’t celebrated as much in Italy as America. But in our years in California, we have grown to love this holiday
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