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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — Homemade Pepperoni Roll is not hard to make and is worth the effort when you bite into a warm slice fresh from the oven. Cleveland cousins Angela Siciliano, Corrina Siciliano & Mary Kovach recently wrote a cookbook honoring their Italian ancestry. In this edition of Fox Recipe box, the cousins share their recipe for homemade Pepperoni Roll. To learn more about Cousins in the Kitchen and how to order their cookbook “Don’t Cut the Basil: Five Generations of Authentic Italian Recipes

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If you like Mamacita's Olive Salad but want a little twist, add your favorite pasta! Here, we added gemelli rather than eating it with fresh Italian bread and mozzarella - and it's just as good! It can be served warm for a meal or cool for a side salad. To alter this dish for gluten sensitivities, please see the General Health Information page in our cookbook Don't Cut the Basil, where you can also find Mamacita's Olive Salad detailed recipe!

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Updated: Jan 2, 2023

The story of La Befana (pronounced bay-fan-ah) dates back centuries in Italy. It is said that Befana is an old woman who travels by broom around Italy on January 5, the eve of the Feast of the Epiphany and delivers goodies to children in their Christmas stockings or shoes - a similar tradition to St. Nicholas in the United States celebrated on December 6.

The epiphany marks 12 days after the birth of Jesus when the Magi arrived at the manger bearing gifts. According to the legend, she turned down the invitation to travel with the Magi to meet baby Jesus. She regretted her decision, and set out on her own to bring gifts to the manger by following the Star of Bethlehem. Never finding it, she vowed to bring gifts on this day to other children. To celebrate la Befana, some make cookies in the shape of the Star of Bethlehem to celebrate, just like Mamacita made!

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