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“there’s no place like home” ..Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz
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Sometimes you don’t have to travel far to go somewhere…a cold weekend led me to take a trip back in time in my attic…it led me to a place where I would find lace crocheted by hand and brought me back (albeit in mind only) to a time when it was usual for women to crochet a finishing lace touch to their bed linens…or a decorative handmade piece of lace for the couch or centerpiece..
I was on a quest to find a table runner for an unexpected dinner party I was throwing and in desperation decided to rummage around my attic…. sometimes it is true that you can travel around the world on a quest to find something .. when all you were looking for was there at home under your own nose…So there it was a beautiful hand crocheted table runner..and special sheets for the guest rooms..
But these items were not from any ‘big box’ store but from the heart of my grandmother and aunt….who made these with their own hands and heart.I may add..for they were made for their family with love! .
So when looking for something be sure to check home first..what you are looking for may be right there..under your own nose!
Cioccolatini (Little Chocolates)
from the Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays & Special Occasions-2nd edition)
16 ounces milk chocolate
¼ cup raisins
1 tablespoon sesame seed oil
4 tablespoons chopped toasted hazelnuts
½ glass Marsala wine
Soak raisins in Marsala wine. Place 2/3 of chocolate in the top of a double boiler. When chocolate begins to melt and becomes creamy and melts remove from heat and pour in oil and remaining chocolate and melt together.
Place 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder on plate and roll raisins in powdered cocoa to coat. Place melted chocolate in small, mini baking cups till half full. Then place in coated raisins, cover with melted chocolate and top with chopped hazelnuts.
Place in refrigerator till firm. Serve with a Vernaccia di Cristiano Wine
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