Merry Christmas from The Fandango Family

May the good times and treasures of the present
become the golden memories of tomorrow.
Wishing you lots of love, joy and happiness.
Merry Christmas!

From Pierre, Marietta and The Fandango Family

The holidays are a time for traditions. Isn’t it interesting the way holiday traditions always center around the kitchen and food? No matter what the culture or holiday, our memories linger on aromas in the kitchen and the delicious tastes of the foods we love.

Every year, Marietta’s mother kept up the Italian tradition of making strufili, little fried dough balls bathed in honey and covered in colorful sprinkles. It was fun to help in the preparation and yummy to dig into the final results. Marietta and her brothers and sisters all knew it wouldn’t be Christmas without those delicious little honey balls their mom called strufili.

We grow up with those family traditions and then add in our own.  Marietta and Pierre have the tradition of making Italian Chocolate Balls for the holidays.

Chocolate Balls Fay

Marietta's Cookies (4)

350 degree oven

·         2 cup sugar

·         ¾ cup Crisco

·         Add 2 eggs

·         Beat well

·         2 tsp vanilla

·         1 cup orange juice and more if needed

·         In a large bowl sift:

·         6 cup flour

·         1 tsp Baking Soda

·         ½ tsp salt

·         3 Tablespoon Baking Powder

·         1 cup coaco

·         2 tsp cinnamon

·         ¼ tsp ginger

·         1/8 tsp cloves

·         1 cup chocolate chips

·         1 cup nuts

Bake 6-8 minutes

What are your family memories of holiday foods? If you have a family food tradition, be sure to keep it going. If you don’t, then start one. There’s no better time than now!   Share your holiday tradition on our Facebook page