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Buon Natale! Free Christmas Stuff

Carissimi Amici,

Buon Natale! I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season. I must say that I am particularly full of the holiday spirit this year. Perhaps they snuck some eggnog in my booster shot because I’m non-stop carols, cookies and Christmas markets.

I love baking projects, and since learning to make croissants a few weeks ago, I was so excited to try my hand at making a pandoro, the yeasty, buttery panettone-like Italian Christmas cake but taller and without the dried candied fruit. I did all the research for each step in the process and couldn’t wait to share my experience with you… but alas… the cake tin, a tall, fluted specialty pan (see at 3:20) was not to be found in New York and it would have been well past Christmas by the time I got it if I had ordered it online. But not to worry, the holiday bakes will go on: ricotta, almond, butter and chocolate will perfume my East Village kitchen.

Above is a little Christmas gift for you, some fun holiday vocabulary to bring Italian to your festivities! Do you need help with pronunciation? See the free mini-lesson on my homepage. Reply to this email and I’ll send you a guide to pairing wine with panettone or pandoro. It’s something you need, trust me.

Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift? Give a fun, education Italian class to friends, family and co-workers for an escape to Italy and inspiration for a new fascinating hobby! See class listings or write to me at

Auguri di Buon Natale!

Wishing you a warm, safe and joyful season.

Un abbraccio,



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