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Gloucester native Felicia Mohan Ciaramitaro - known to her many followers as Sista Felicia - grew up cooking with her mother and grandmother. While perfecting her family's favorite recipes and her own outstanding creations, she developed a series of how-to videos that demonstrate culinary techniques of genuine Italian-American home cooking. She is currently writing a cookbook based on her community's treasured traditional Sicilian recipes.
Felicia is always in the kitchen, surrounded by family and friends, preparing her delicious and elegant signature dinners. Dinner at the Mohan-Ciraramitaro household is a joyous event full of fabulous flavors, prepared from the heart of a woman who cooks with love and passion for the classic dishes of her Sicilian heritage.
This arancini is made the traditional Sicilian method but uses saffron infused rice with Bolognese sauce, peas and a piece of Fontina cheese.
Baccala, or salted codfish, is a favorite dish of the Italians and Portuguese. This is one of the many ways to bake cod.
What makes this Baked Stuffed Shrimp recipe so good are the shallots and white wine that are sprinkled over the baking pan before cooking.
Bolognese sauce, which is made with meat, is a staple in nearly every Italian American kitchen.
This Thanksgiving Butternut Squash and Leek soup requires that you wash and clean fresh leeks but the results are well worth it.
There is no firm answer to what a speidini is but they are usually fried in the Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs. In this case they are chicken.
These chocolate and pistachio biscotti are a creative variation incorporating new ingredients and flavors like pistachio and chocolate.
For many people Easter Bunny Egg cookies like these, with a hard boiled egg, is an Easter tradition.
Merluzzi fritti, known as fried whiting, is a traditional Italian dish that is popular in seacoast towns.
This punch uses ginger ale, grape juice, Maraschino cherries and crushed pineapple. This version suggests Canada Dry ginger ale.
This dessert cocktail, made with Tuac Brandy and apple cider, is easy to prepare and a sure hit with friends and family, especially in the fall.
These small, round donuts ae fried and coated with powdered sugar and best eaten right after making. They may remind you of "donut holes."
Mudica Conzata, or Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, are a staple in many Siciian American kitchens.
Mudica Steak is one of the many dishes American Sicilians use their Mudica Conzata breadcrumbs for.
Olive cansarde is an Italian tradition. An assortment of raw vegetables marinated in oil and vinegar and placed in serving dishes.
The Sicilians know how to prepare and eat extra large zucchinis. Fry the zucchini slices and serve over pasta.
Gorgonzola is popular in risotto and on polenta but perhaps nothing is as popular as making this cream sauce and serving over pasta.
These Italian holiday treats are little bites of fried dough slathered in a honey/Kayo syrup mixture and topped with bits of chocolate, toasted nuts and fresh cinnamon.
It is possible to buy cannoli shells already made, which of course is a lot easier for the home cook. This traditional recipe uses both ricotta and ma
Roasted chestnuts are a tradition at Christmas. Called castagne in Italian, they are roasted with wine and salt.
Rosa Rugosa Roses are from the wild plum bush and make a jelly that has a unique taste and is full of vitamin C.
Saint Lucia Day, a Sicilian holiday, is December 13 and a pudding is traditionally eaten. It is made with wheat berries, milk, sugar and cornstarch.
The only secret to this easy and fast salami crisp appetizer is to use very thin and good Italian dry salami.
Cauliflower, fava beans, and the ferns on top of the anise bulbs are the main ingredients to this traditional Italian dish for Saint Joseph's Day.
Stuffed Top Neck Clams are a little larger than Little Necks and Cherrystones and have a sea, salty taste.
Sugar cranberries are especially popular during the holidays but are a great treat if you like the combination of sweet and tart.
Figs are also used for more savory foods, such as this Pork Tenderloin marinated in an onion and fig mixture and then served over couscous.
This traditional octopus salad recipe originates from Italy and is still made for special occasions such as Christmas Eve dinner.
Basil, chicken both and fresh lemon juice combine to make the unmatched flavor in this video recipe for Zucchini and Basil Soup with Garlic.