December 26th, 2017
Indonesian Nastar Cookies have delicious pineapple inside. These cookies are eaten for Natale (Christmas), the Chinese New Year and Lebaran (Eid al-Fitr). They’re also eaten in Malaysia and Singapore. Lin wrote the following about them from Indonesia: “Made from a flour and butter mixture and filled with chunky pineapple jam. An egg yolk and milk mixture is […]
December 19th, 2017
“…Here in Spain this dessert was created in the region of Toledo specially for Christmas and it’s this region’s most famous dessert.” -MarieAlice Mazapán de Toledo (Marzipan of Toledo) is one of the most popular treats made in Spain for the Christmas holiday. It’s delicious with it’s sweet almondy goodness! Here’s the recipe… Recipe for Mazapán […]
December 17th, 2017
Lin wrote to me from Indonesia about Kastengels, an Indonesian cookie that’s eaten for the holidays of Lebaran (Eid al-Fitr) and Natal (Christmas). This is what she wrote…. “Kastengels is a kind of cookie that has a rich cheese flavor and aroma. The flavor comes from Edam cheese that is also its main ingredient. It is then topped […]
December 21st, 2016
Christmas is almost here! Here’s a link to our favorite Christmas Recipes from around the World. Most are for dessert. Yummy! Enjoy! Mama Lisa
January 7th, 2016
Panettone is a traditional bread that’s served in Italy and many other countries for the holidays. Traditionally, it’s made over a 24+ hour time period. The long period yields a fluffy panettone bread. The recipe below is much quicker to make. It will yield a thicker bread but it’s still yummy! Traditionally, candied orange, lemon […]
January 6th, 2016
Panettone is the bread you see sold in boxes in stores in December. It’s originally from the city of Milan in Italy. Nowadays, it’s eaten in many countries during the Christmas season… it’s also eaten for St. Stephan’s Day, New Year’s and the Epiphany (in some places it even replaces King’s Cake). Plus it’s eaten […]
December 31st, 2015
I made a Yule Log Cake (in French, Bûche de Noël) this year for dessert on Christmas! It was a yellow cake with custard inside and chocolate ganache icing on the outside. You can make one too! The Yule Log Cake (Bûche de Noël) is a traditional dessert that’s served for Christmas in France and […]
December 23rd, 2015
Zimtsterne literally translates from German to English as Cinnamon Stars. They’re Cinnamon Star Cookies These cookies are a specialty of Germany, Austria, Alsace (Region of France) and Switzerland. They’re made for Christmas and in Alsace, they’re part of the "bredele" Christmas cookie tradition. These are also made by German Jewish people for Yom Kippur. They […]
December 21st, 2015
There’s a type of cookie in France that’s specifically made for Christmas. It’s called Bredele and they’re from Alsace. Bredele are small, sweet biscuits. There are many varieties including anis bredele (recipe below), butterbredle (similar to sugar cookies but with the addition of eggs) and pain d’épices (gingerbread). I made anis bredele (Anise Bredele Cookies) […]
December 20th, 2015
A very popular type of Mexican Christmas Cookie is called Polvorones de almendra. It’s an Almond Shortbread. It you look at Mexican web sites, you’ll find many recipes for these cookies. They’re all similar. In the US, these cookies are called Mexican Wedding Cookies or Cakes. It may be an error because according to this […]
December 15th, 2015
It’s easy to make Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies! 1st make your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. 2nd Mold the cookie dough around a mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. 3rd Cook until golden brown. 4th Eat! Yum, yum, yum! My daughter made the same type of cookies but with Oreo Cookies inside. Kids […]
December 13th, 2015
Gingerbread Cookies are part of the December Holiday tradition. They’re made in Germany, England, the Netherlands, Australia, the U.S.A., and many other countries around the world. This delicious gingerbread cookie recipe replaces the molasses with honey, making it less intense and more pleasing for kids and adults alike. This also creates a soft gingerbread cookie. […]
December 8th, 2015
Food 52 has posted Recipes for 46 Cookies from Around the World. I think I’ll try to make the Buckwheat Thumbprint Cookies with Cherry Preserves from Russia and the Maltese Lemon Christmas Cookies. Please share your favorite cookie recipe with us either in the comments below or by email. Thanks! Happy Holidays! Mama Lisa
November 11th, 2013
Saint Cecilia’s Day is on November 22nd. St. Cecilia is very popular in Italy because Cecilia is the patron saint of music, musicians and singers. Pettole of St. Cecelia are made on this day. Pettole come from southern Italy in the municipality of Ariano Irpino (Avellino) near Naples. Pettole are similar to zeppoles. They’re made […]
January 11th, 2013
These Sugar Cookies are Gluten-free and made with icing that has no food dye in it! When making gluten-free recipes, make sure beforehand that all your ingredients are gluten-free. Recipe for Gluten-free Sugar Cookies Ingredients 1 1/2 c. White Rice Flour 1 1/2 c. Oatmeal Flour 1/2 t. Salt 1/2 t. Baking Powder 1 1/2 […]
December 21st, 2012
Gingerbread Houses are made at Christmastime in Germany, the US and other countries around the world. Gingerbread Houses are intricately linked to the Grimm fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel. In the story, two children, Hansel and Gretel get lost in the woods. They come upon a house made of gingerbread covered in frosting and […]
December 20th, 2012
Maryann Serra was kind enough to contribute her recipe for Anise Cookies… Anise cookies are a popular tradition for Italians and other families around the world, especially during the holidays. This light fluffy cookie tastes much like licorice cake, so people who like the flavor licorice especially enjoy them. Making Italian anise cookies is fun […]
December 19th, 2012
French "fruits déguisés" (fancy fruit) is eaten at Christmastime in France. It’s dried fruit, mainly dates, prunes or figs, stuffed with almond paste or a sweetened crumbled cookie mixture. The filling is usually made in different pastel colors. Almond paste is actually sold in different colors in France. The normal colors you find at […]
Monique Palomares told me that chocolate truffles are a common food to eat for Christmas in France. Below is a recipe she sent for French truffles. You may need a kitchen scale because the measurements are weighed in grams. But if you read the containers, you can usually get an idea of the quantity you’ll […]
December 13th, 2012
The other day I was making Juice Gumdrops for the kids in my family, and I thought, "What if I made gumdrops with liquor for the adults?" That’s what led me to making this Anisette version of gumdrops. All of the adults I’ve given it to so far have given it the thumbs up! Recipe […]
December 12th, 2012
Gumdrop candy is associated with Christmas in many countries. Gumdrops are used to decorate gingerbread houses.They’re also part of The Nutcracker, a popular ballet that’s performed at Christmastime. In the ballet, sugarplum fairies and gumdrops dance. Visions of dancing candy got me to thinking of making gumdrops for Christmas this year. Most of the gumdrop […]
February 6th, 2012
My daughter’s class had a multicultural celebration recently where each kid interviewed a relative about a recipe that’s been handed down in the family. My daughter interviewed my Mom about her manicotti recipe. Here’s part of what she learned: "Manicotti is from Italy, and it’s been in my family since 1810. It was passed down […]
December 22nd, 2011
Kourabiedes are Greek shortbread cookies that are eaten for Christmas, Easter and Christenings. Sometimes at Christmastime, they’re made with a clove in the middle to represent the spices the three magi brought to Jesus as a gift. There are many variations of these cookies – so feel free to tinker with the […]
December 18th, 2011
I’ve been corresponding with Gian Carlo Macchi who’s from Italy about foods eaten for Christmas and Santa Lucia in Italy and how they differ from food eaten by Italian Americans the US (I’m an Italian American). We’ve also been discussing gift giving in both countries and greetings for the season. These comparisons are interesting! Here’s […]
November 4th, 2005
My sister, Gwen, first made this Cranberry Salsa a few years back for Thanksgiving. It went over so well, that she now makes it pretty much every time the family gets together. Here’s the recipe… CRANBERRY SALSA 1 bag rinsed, chopped, fresh cranberries 12 red cherry tomatoes ½ cup sugar (you can add more sugar […]
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A Mama Lisa Book
People everywhere love Christmas – but we don’t all celebrate it the same way.
Mama Lisa’s Christmas Around The World is a celebration of the diversity and love with which many different cultures mark this joyful time of year.
You’ll read about:
The first part of the book covers some of the traditions that take place on days other than Christmas itself, like St. Nick’s Day and Epiphany. The history and meaning of these holidays is discussed, often with examples of traditional songs.
The second part presents beloved traditions and songs from many different nations. The songs are given in the original languages and with English translations.
What makes the book really special is the many comments from Mama Lisa’s correspondents who have shared stories and memories from their own lives. The memories of childhood touch us forever!
Many of the songs featured also include links to the Mama Lisa website, where you can find recordings, videos and sheet music.