A North End grandmother’s recipes

April 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

An article in the Spec yesterday features the late Anita Malloni, a North End dweller known for her authentic recipes.

“After her grandmother died last year, Andrea Malloni was hoping to find one of her aprons as a keepsake.

That’s how Andrea remembered her Nonna, always in an apron — usually a patterned one — working in the kitchen and managing big feasts that could see 40 relatives packing the house.

Anita Malloni was known for her chocolate walnut ‘ice box’ cookies (ice box because they were kept in the fridge), her stuffed Ascolano olives, and especially her ravioli ‘with pasta so thin, it was almost translucent. You could actually see the spinach in the ravioli. That’s how thin it was.’ ”

Read the full article here.

What is really cool is that you can read the cookbook off the Spectator website! I got the ice box cookie recipe below from the website, and I’d love to try her lasagna recipe too.

Chocolate Walnut Icebox Cookies
A holiday favourite and primarily for the kids and never made at any other time of year. Anita would keepthese chocolate round disk cookies in a painted white enamel tin box, with each layer of cookiesseparated by a sheet of wax paper.
Ingredients
1 cup of butter
1 1/2 cup of sugar
2/3 cup of cocoa
2 eggs
1 cup chopped walnuts (very fine)
3 cups of flour (monarch)
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
Cream the butter and add sugar gradually. Add the slightly beaten egg and chopped nuts. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and coca and add to the first mixture. Flour a pastry board and roll out thedough into the shape of a log approximately two inches in diameter. Roll in wax paper and put in thefridge overnight. The next day unwrap from the wax paper and slice into quarter inch discs and place on a cookie sheet to bake. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Check out the show:

Come On-A My House

The exhibit runs April 8 to June 10 at gallery Hamilton HIStory and HERitage, 165 James St. North

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