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Christmas Cooking in the Peasant Tradition



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  • Anchovy and Olive Canape’

  • Baccala Balls

  • Bread and Salted Water

  • Greased Bread Peasant Style (Free online recipe)

  • Traditional Meats and Cheeses


  • Fish Soup

  • Granma’s Soup

First Course (Pasta)

  • Cavatelli with Pork Sauce

  • Dry Spaghetti

  • Spaghetti with Anchovies

  • Spaghetti with Tuna or Squid

Second Course (Fish & Meat)

  • Baccala and Bread Crumbs

  • Baccala Casserole

  • Fried Baccala and Haddock

  • Fried Smelts

  • Holiday Wild Game

  • Stuffed Squid

Second Course (Vegetables)

  • Broccoli Casserole

  • Fried Cauliflower

  • Stuffed Artichokes

  • Stuffed Peppers


  • Baccala Salad

  • Marinated Peppers and Olives

  • Oranges and Hard Boiled Eggs

  • Tossed Salad


  • Biscotto

  • Christmas Star

  • Christmas Wedding Cookie

  • Sciadune (Half Moons)

  • Waffles


  • Anchovy Sauce

  • Basic Batter

  • Limoncino

  • Marinated Peppers (Free online recipe)

  • Marinated Vegetables

  • Meatballs

  • Pasta (Homemade)

  • Spaghetti Sauce

Within the Region of Molise lies the four small hamlets or villages of my ancestry.  They are Cercemaggiore, Riccia, Sepino and Gildone.  Of these villages, three of my grandparents came from Cercemaggiore and one of my grandmothers came from Gildone but the recipes listed above have traditional ties to all four villages.  Cercemaggiore is only twenty-five kilometers from Campobasso, The name derives either from Quercus Maior (meaning big oak) or from the Arabic "cerce", meaning rock. It was also occupied by the Saracens, and later, in the 11th century, by the Normans. It is today a favorite starting point for those who love trekking and horse back riding.


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