Tag Archives: Sista Felicia Eats

Sista Felicia’s Peeps Easter Egg Surprise

 

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Sista Felicia’s Peeps Easter Egg Surprise

Time to start preparing sweet treats for Easter. Last year this recipe was created and posted on Sista’s Dish after being inspired by my favorite childhood Italian traditional Easter candy while shopping at Scalafini Bakery here in Gloucester. Its a fun recipe to make with kids and adults of all ages.

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Celebrating St. Joseph Day with Feast Food Family & Friends

 

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 A traditional Feast of St Joseph Pasta, Italian bread, Orange and Finochio Salad, Frittata, Baked Haddock, Panelle, Fried Calamari, Smelts, Haddock, Crab Cakes, Muddica Artichoke, Seafood Casserole and St. Joseph Zeppole, were served with cordials of homemade Limonciello and Arancello. All were accompanied by many other delicious foods and desserts that were prepared by and enjoyed with family and friends on Thursday evening following our nine day nightly St. Joseph Novena. 

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Sista Felicia’s Homemade “St. Joseph Zeppole” filled with both traditional vanilla custard, and sweetened ricotta topped with cherries and confectioners sugar!

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What’s left of 130 lbs Hand made pasta!

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It was a fun day of cooking, feasting and celebrating!

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Viva Mariposa!

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Yesterday while preparing bread for our Feast of ST. Joseph, my BFF Dee Noble creatively shaped a Mariposa “String Of Pearls” inspired “Viva St. Joseph Bread” for the altar when I was in the other room fixing a second batch of bread dough. She knows my love for all things Mariposa and thought our altar needed a special Mariposa touch!

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This year’s Altar Breads

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The big question late last night…
How many men does it take to put the Mariposa away?”

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BFF Dee, directing the men during the massive team effort to tidy the house after last nights feast!

Family friend and GMG Contributor Donna Ardizzoni was in the kitchen with us all day photographing the process of preparing dishes served at last night’s traditional St. Joseph Feast. Look for her Photo gallery tomorrow afternoon!

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Donna Thank you for everything! Yesterday was so much fun! My kitchen is always filled with laughter when your in it!

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James and I look forward to selecting photos from your gallery for cookbook #3!  

Orange & “Finochio” Fennel Salad

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Orange & “Finochio” Fennel Salad

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Preparations for “The Feast Of St. Joseph” is under way! All ingredients including fresh produce are officially in the house and ready for tonight’s ceremonial blessing by “Holy Famliy Parish” Pastor Father Jim, taken place this evening at tonight’s Novena.

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Sista Felicia’s Signature Homemade St. Joseph Zeppole

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This morning while whipping up a few batches of my famous St. Joseph Zeppole for tonight’s Novena Coffee, I decide to fix a special tray for my Comere Bridget Mathews, to serve at their families St. Joseph Feast at the Mathews family home this afternoon! After all a St. Joseph Feast is not complete without St. Joseph Zeppole Pastry. A Traditional St. Joseph Zeppole is filled with a pastry custard and or sweetened ricotta cream filling toped with either cherries, candied fruits and or small chocolate pieces, finished with a light dusting of Confectioners sugar. Today I prepared my signature St. Joseph Zeppole Pastry, in an equal assortment of  pastry custard, and sweetened ricotta cream filling, accompanied with sweetened cherries!

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Bridget Mathews Writes~ Melodey might have to have dessert before lunch! Thank you Felicia for the zeppole delivery!! They look delish!!!

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Each year I prepared 168 St. Joseph Zeppole for our families Feast, and all 168 Zeppole were enjoyed as fast as the freshly baked pastry shells were filled. This year I’m definitely planning to make a few dozen more!  

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Preparations For The Feast Of St. Joseph At Sista’s House Is Well Underway!

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Preparations For The Fest Of St. Joseph Is Well Underway!

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The planning baking, cleaning, and rearrangement of the house has begun! Over the weekend while cleaning, I decided to make a batch of “Rose Pedal Infused Sugar & Rose Pedal Jelly” using rose pedals left over from Valentines Day. My clever way to recycle the fragrant roses into a delightful sweet treat of Heart Shaped Linzer Cookies for my Novena Guest, that will tie in my families “Red Rose” Altar Theme onto the dinner room table where homemade pastries and confections are shared during our traditional nightly “Novena Coffee Time” held after each Rosary!

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My Rose Pedal Jelly Recipe is featured in “Gifts Of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia; Harvest” click link below to purchase copies of “Gifts Of Gold”

http://www.storenvy.com/products/2742897-gifts-of-gold-in-a-sicilian-kitchen-with-sista-felicia-harvest

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Sneak Peek Behind The Scenes of Limonciello & Arancello Making In Sista Felicia’s Kitchen

 

 

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Get Ready Limonciello & Arancello Lovers…Sista Felicia’s Video Recipes Coming Soon

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 Craig Kimberley is wrapping up his editing & adding some finishing touches!

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You may have noticed that lemons, oranges and bread are always present through the feast of St. Joseph. Each have significant meaning. I have written about them on many occasions in past Sista Felicia St. Joseph Posts,  and this year they will be once again highlighted in many of my post… The lemon represents the sweetness of ones life, and the orange represents life’s bitter past, and the bread is for all to never go hungry!

I First I have to thank my dear friend and fantastic videographer Craig Kimberley, for offering to film this production the moment he heard the plans in the making last spring during the Mathews Family homemade wine production, and filming. I personally would like to thank my friends and family for their labor of love and helping hands throughout this entire production.  I can’t wait to see the finished piece! I would also like to thank my”Creative Director” James Eves from Cape Ann Giclee for designing and producing the beautiful Sista Felicia Limonciello Bottle Labels. You always know how to “Felicitize” everything we do, and I adore you for that! A special thank you to the Mathews Family Neil, Bridget, and Abbey for sharing in the cost of the production, and for the lovely Sista Felicia Tags!

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Countdown to The feast Of St. Joseph 2015 Begins Today!

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Preparations for the feast of St. Joseph 2015 at Sista Felicia’s was officially kicked off  Tuesday evening with making of Homemade Arancello!

Recipe for Limonciello & Arancello coming soon on Sista’s Dish!

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From Left: Abbey Mathews, Bridget Mathews, Andrea Carlson, Sista Felicia, Eleanor Tucker, Nicole Tucker

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Ask Sista Felicia…

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This morning I received this email question and thought It be best to share the answer , considering the fact that I receive inquires like this often.

 Click link below for my Holiday Punch Recipe highlighting Mariposa’s beautiful Vintage Glass Punch Bowl

http://cook123.com/recipes/grape-ginger-ale-punch.html

Email Message

Hi there! I saw your video for Grape & Ginger Ale Punch on Cook123 and I am in love with the style of your punch bowl. Do you happen to know the brand so I can research it and try to find one to buy ?  I would appreciate it very much. I’ve been looking around all morning online trying to find one that looks like it but I haven’t been able to find anything. Thanks,

Ali Phillips

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Ali,

I too adore this beautiful Blown Glass Punch Bowl, from my Mariposa Collection! Mariposa products make everything look and taste extra special! It’s what I use daily when entertaining friends and family in and outside my home! I find this punch bowl to be the perfect size for small gatherings.  I’m not sure if it’s a retired collection piece. Best to contact the Mariposa Company’s customer service department directly for more information.

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http://www.mariposa-gift.com/t-customer-service.aspx

Fireball Hot Toddy

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Fireball  Hot Toddy

Today’s bitter cold temperatures are chilling to the bone…warm up the body from the inside out with a FireBall Hot Toddy!

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Fireball Hot Toddy

Ingredients

1 cup Hot black tea

1 tablespoon local honey (Sold locally at Common Crow)

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1 shot Fireball Cinnamon Whisky

Step-by-Step

1 combine all ingredients

2 mix well

3 consume imediately

* Note~This is an adult beverage recommended for 21+ years of age

Kiss My Butt Valentine Cookies

 

 

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I spent the paste few days gathering ingredients and supplies to make some Valentine goodies for family and friends. First on my treat list  to make is last years’ “Kiss My Butt Valentine Cookies.” If your looking for something to do to pass the time during this weekends snow storm, I highly recommend scanning your pantry, for needed supplies, and get yourself to the store before the snow starts falling!

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Late Afternoon Fruit Smoothies!

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This afternoon I cracked open a fresh coconut, purchased at Market Basket, for it’s milk to help daughter Amanda fix a fresh mixed fruit smoothie after her afternoon training secession at The Manchester Athletic Club. Our Magic Bullet is currently Amanda’s most favorite kitchen gadget. She is having fun blending different concoctions at least twice per day! 

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Fruit Smoothie

Ingredients

Assorted fresh fruit

Greek yogurt

Kefir

Local Honey

Flaxseed oil

Flaxseed

Fresh baby spinach

Fresh Coconut Water

Step-by-Step

1 combine all ingredients in Magic Bullet clear plastic container,(follow Magic Bullet max fill line; blend 30 – 40 seconds; transfer to serving glass; garnish with fresh fruit serve immediately

 

Sista Felicia’s Top 27 Recipe Recommendations For Super Bowl Sunday!

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Below I compiled a list of my top 27 recipe picks for Super Bowl Sunday! I hope you find it helpful when planning your menu for the big Game! 

Happy Cooking! Happy Eating! & Happy Partying!

Let’s Go Pats!

1 Four Cheese Super Bowl Potato Skins

2 Coconut Shrimp w/ Mango Dipping Sauce

3 Stuffed Top Neck Clams

4 lobster-Rangoon

5 Chipotle Pulled Chicken Tostada w/Homemade Salsa & Guacamole

6 Salsa

7 Guacamole

8 Fried Artichoke

9 Hawaiian-pizza-with-smoked-gouda-barbecue-Béchamel Sauce

10  Italian-popcorn

11 Sista Felicia’s Famous Crab Cakes

12 Baby Bella Mushroom Thyme Pizzett

13 Shrimp, Sausage, Sugar Snap Pea Spring Rolls w/ Habanero Garlic Scape Dipping-Sauce

14 Grilled Chicken w/ Bianco Barbecue Sauce

15 Sista’s Twist on Buffalo Chicken

16 Grilled Surf & Turf Tequila Chipotle Flank Steak & Shrimp

17 Beer Batter Panko Fried Pickles

18 Cheesy Fingerling Potatoes

19 Fried Haddock Sandwich

20 New Potato Salad w/ Fresh Dill

21 Italian Nacho Dessert Dip

22 Asian Infused Salmon Tartare

23 Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Dip Page #146 “Gifts Of Gold”

24 Covered Pizza page #138 “Gifts Of Gold”

25 Caramelized Onion and Pear Flat Bread Pizza page #104 “Gifts Of Gold”

26 Sicilian Stuffed Sandwich page #214 “Gifts Of Gold”

27 Panelli Frritti page #206 “Gifts Of Gold”

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Breaking News!!! Steve Connolly Seafood Is Selling Native Shrimp!

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$3.95 per pound!!!!

Don’t be a fool…drop everything…Run and get yours before they are sold out!!!

Worth every penny! Let the cooking begin!

I Love when I learn something new from viewers of GMG Sista’s Dish…

Today I received this message from friend and GMG viewer Joanne Frontiero Joanne Frontiero Writes ~ My Mother and I worked for your father many years ago pulling the heads of the shrimp. Then they went into the secret room to the machine that could remove the eggs. I was in high school at the time and worked during a school vacation with Mom and my friend Jacquie!

Sista Felicia~ Thanks Joanne for sharing that. I remember the shrimp on the conveyer belt and remember all the women removing the heads, but I never knew there was a special machine to remove the eggs!

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