Monday, March 30, 2015

2015 Easter Week

I cannot believe Easter is this weekend! The time has flown by for sure, but for all of the folks on the East Coast, we are ready for spring. I really hope I do not see a snow flake again until 2016!  
In France, they give chocolate fish filled with all kinds of tasty treats. Every country has their own traditions which I think is very cool. 
This will be the first holiday without my Mom. Every year we would make the Italian Easter Pizza. When all my Aunts and Uncles were alive, my Mom would make so many of them because she would share with her brothers and sisters. As folks began to pass away, we made less and less. The pizza does freeze well, which is a great surprise to find a few months later in your fridge!  
You can make them in a pie plate like we did above here, my Mom used to make it in a cookie sheet. That would be a full size, enough to share with everyone. I may attempt to make one myself this year, I am not sure how it will come out, but I think I would like to try. It will feel very weird doing it myself, but I know she's watching me where she is now. This one is filled with genoa salami, ham, parmesan  and muenster cheese. It is just such a yummy experience!  
We also made another kind with a filling of ricotta and marishino cherries. These pizzas are such a tradition in my family, I am so glad I have the recipes from my Mom, in her handwriting, and that I made them with her for so many years. I think I have the knowledge to pull them off, we will just have to wait and see! 
This is a wonderful ricotta sweet pie from my Uncle Jimmy's sister which is amazing! The crust is real simple as you just pat it in your pie plate. I am really in love with this pie as it could be called a "Cannoli Pie" very easily ! 

Do you have many traditional foods that you make for the Easter holiday? What are some of your favorites?  

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