66)[NOTES: (1) This dish is the first recipe under the heading "Common Pies." (2) Modernized recipe (oven and hearth instructions)is in the , Caroline Sloat [Globe Pequot Press:Old Saybrook CT] 2nd edition 1995 (p.
Bacon, chopped or beat up withthe forecemeat, is preferable to suet, as it is nicer when cold, and keeps better."
---, Sarah Rutledge, facsimile 1847 editio [University of South Carolina Press:Columbia] 1979 (p.
Almost aslikely to be present on the Christams Eve table is baccala, the quintessential fasting food, served in tomato suace in Naples, with potatoes and onions in Basilicata, and stewed in brodetto in the Marche.
Romans have an enormous fondness for eel...The eel certainly comes form a pre-Christian cult,a water snake that was known and consumed during the time of the Etruscans; now it is a ritual food in which the sacred and profanemeet...In Abruzzo, where tradition prevails, people prepare Christmas Eve meals with the required seven or nine dishes--seven for the seven virtues or the seven sacrament...Courses included fedelini with a sauce of anchovies or sardines, roasted eel, and variousfish that are fried, roasted, marinated, or served in broth.
The old plum pottage continued to be made into the 18th century, and bothversions were still served as a filing first course rather than as a dessert...What currently counts asthe traditional Christmas pudding recipe has been more or less established since the 19thcentury."
---, Alan Davidson [Oxford University Press:Oxford] 2000 (p.
The mixture is rich with sugar, honey, butter, and eggs, perfumed with vanilla and sometimes liqueurs, and has a softness and lightness that makes it an ideal cake to have around at Christmas time.
Randolph's recipe is not at all traditional and is quite quite beside the point."
---, Mary Randolph, facsimile 1824 edition with historical notes and commentaries by Karen Hess [University of South Carolina Press:Columbia SC] 1984 (p.
Studded with raisins and bits of candied orange andcitron, the new panettone was such a popular success that Motta's friend, Gioacchino Allemagna opened a competing business the nextyear, and in the decades that followed panettone grandually became the Christmas bread of Italy.
It was once a real status symbol forimmigrants who came to Milan and felt that they had arrived when they could set a panettone on their Christmas table."
---,Carol Field [Harper Perennial:New York] 1990, 1997 (p.
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"Candy canes for Christmas
Run out a batch of any flavor stick candy, usually peppermint and lemon are the best sellers, spinthese sticks any size you wish and in cutting these cut off at angles.
"Italian Christmas Cake (Panettone di Natale)
Crumble one-half compressed yeast cake with one teaspoon sugar and dissolve in one-fourth cup lukewarm milk.
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After running errands for a baker at his native Treviglio for three years, hewalked, penniless, to Milan thirty miles away and became in half a century the Italian 'King of the Christmas Cake.' When he opened his ownbakery after World War I, the Italian pannetone (Christmas cake) was the dish of the rich.
I do not think the spirit speaks because it wants to keep us guessing on what or who it is.
Charles Dickens uses description in ‘A Christmas Carol’ to help get across some of his ideas.
Childless and generous, Signor Motta, a millionaire, founded a 'Christmas night present' of 200,000 lire ($325) checks, which hedistributed every year to scores who, during the year, had done something particularly altruistic."
---"Angelo Motta Dead," , December 27, 1957 (p.