Day: December 19, 2014

Panettone is NOT Fruitcake

Panettone is NOT Fruitcake eugene bakeries

If you want to do as Italians do, don’t buy fruitcake. While Americans are sawing into dark, thick brandied cake full of candied fruit, Italians are savoring their holiday bread called panettone. This light and slightly sweet bread is so delicious you’ll be coming back for seconds and thirds. Sometimes made with pine nuts and raisins or […]

Scandinavia: Lefse is Simple….to Eat.

Scandinavia: Lefse is Simple….to Eat.

If you have strong Scandinavian ties, you may well know of lutefisk, the more odorous of the traditional foods that grace the holiday table at Christmas time in Norway and Sweden. Boiled and treated in a lye solution, it is a holdover from medieval days when Christmas was a fasting time.  A tastier (and less smelly) treat, though, is lefse, thin pancakes, made with […]

Ukraine: Sharing Kutya on Christmas Eve

Ukraine: Sharing Kutya on Christmas Eve

Across the globe this holiday season, many Eastern Europeans of Russian, Ukrainian and Polish heritage will share a single bowl of their most important dish as the kick-off to Christmas Eve celebrations. Known as Kutya (‘koot-ya”), it is a porridge that some families believe will bring happiness, peace and success if it “sticks” when thrown up to […]