Castagnole di Carnevale

To celebrate the Carnevale Ambrosiano, here’s the recipe for Castagnole, deep fried puffs that can be filled with custard, from Italy’s very own Cucchiaio D’Argento (The Silver Spoon), the one and only Italian cookbook :) These delicious puffs are also called Frittelle di San Giuseppe (St. Joseph’s frittelle) or also called Tortelli Alla Crema Pasticcera and are a traditional sweet on March 19. GROCERY SHOPPING … Continue reading Castagnole di Carnevale

Milano Carnival FAT Week

Milano CarnevaleYes, that’s right! Carnival lasts a week in Milan – so while the rest of the world stops the celebration the day of Mardi Gras and enters Lent, we keep on celebrating for four more days.  You ask why. The tradition calls for Archbishop Ambrose to leave on a pilgrimage saying we would have been back to celebrate Carnival and begin Lent together. He had to stay four more days away and the people waited for his return. The whole Diocese still celebrates the Carnival beginning Mardi Gras all through FAT Thursday to culminate on FAT Saturday (today!). Continue reading “Milano Carnival FAT Week”