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Christmas tree cookies – Italian Cuisine

1 flour and cocoa

Put all the powders (flour, cocoa, sugar and yeast) in a bowl and mix.
1 flour and cocoa

Also add chopped butter and eggs and start working.
2 add eggs and butter

Once you have a homogeneous dough, wrap it with cling film and let it rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
3 knead and form a ball

Take the dough again, roll it out into a fairly thin sheet and create your own trees (my mold had the star already integrated, but of course a normal tree without a star is also fine).
Arrange the saplings on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then bake for about 10 minutes at 180 ° C, in a preheated convection oven, then remove from the oven and let it cool completely.

Prepare the ice: put the sugar in a small bowl and add the lukewarm water, 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing well: you should get a thick but fluid mixture (if not, add a little more water or powdered sugar, depending on the situation, to make it more fluid or denser).

Once you have a nice smooth icing, add the food coloring and mix well to get a uniform color.

At this point you can proceed with the decoration: using a sac-à-poche with a very small hole, create the green base for your tree, then add sprinkles, mini Smarties or other decorations to create the decorations.
Let it rest at room temperature until the ice has dried well.

The Christmas tree cookies are ready, you just have to serve them.

The show of the Christmas tree of Gubbio – Italian Cuisine

It is the largest Christmas tree in the world made up of threads of thousands of lights that are placed on the mountain overlooking the city, a characteristic village between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, where you can taste typical dishes such as crescia al panaro

One evening, in 1981, a Gubbio, a characteristic town ofUmbria, someone had the bizarre idea to fill in the Mount Ingino of lights, starting from the medieval village and reaching the basilica dedicated to Sant’Ubaldo, patron saint of the city. Forty years later those lights represent, as ascertained by the Guinness Book of Records, thebiggest Christmas tree in the world and, according to a recent research by DYS.com which analyzed Google searches and Instagram hashtags, also the best known worldwide.

The tree of Gubbio, a magic of thirty football fields

The Christmas tree is made every year by a group of volunteers thanks to which this tradition endures over time: its installation requires 1300 hours of work on the wild slopes of the mountain. The big bright fir is accessed on December 7th with a ceremony attended by popes and presidents of the Italian Republic over the years. Composed of thousands of lights of various types and colors (there are 400 only those present within the shape of the tree) extends, starting from a base of 450 meters, for over 750 meters in height (like nearly thirty football fields). This unique show, in the course of its history, has been around the world: the wonder and the emotion it is capable of arousing, in fact, generate a feeling of closeness and brotherhood, first of all among the inhabitants of Gubbio, and then in every person who discovers it, even if only through a photo. And this year's tree is even more magical thanks to the installation, along the path on Mount Ingino, of audio points positioned on the trees that play a Christmas playlist.

Adopting a light is possible

The lighting systems of the largest Christmas tree in the world (1350 sockets and plugs are used to connect the light points) employ a power of about 35 Kw and consume on average about 11,500 Kwh every year, but part of the electricity needs are covered by a photovoltaic system which makes the tree more sustainable. Those who wish can adopt a light for a year, perhaps giving it to someone special, thus contributing to the cost of lighting the tree.

The center of Gubbio
The center of Gubbio

Gubbio, the city of madmen

Gubbio is nicely called the "City of fools" to emphasize the unpredictable nature of its inhabitants (which leads them to realize, in fact, enterprises such as the largest Christmas tree in the world). Visitors can also try to earn a "crazy license" with the intercession of a Gubbio (an inhabitant of Gubbio) and passing the test of three laps of running "with a fraternal and playful soul" around the Bargello fountain or "fountain of the mad" which is located in front of the fourteenth century Bargello palace, one of the buildings that characterize the city together with the Palazzo dei Consoli with its "big bell", al cathedral which dates back to the period between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, al Ducal Palace and to church of San Francesco, just to name a few, not to mention the set of squares and alleys that give the suggestion of being in the "City of stone" of Umbria between the Middle Ages and the Italian Renaissance.

Gubbio at the table

The city, surrounded by a territory of natural landscapes often unspoiled, it holds a rich heritage of art, history and culture, is characterized by handcrafted productions (such as that of ceramics, wood, iron, lutherie, plaster and leather processing) and various gastronomic specialities. They reign on the tables of Gubbio game, sausages, cheeses, oils and fine wines, without forgetting the truffle black and white, hidden in the woods of the area. Alongside grilled roasts and full-bodied tagliatelle, the most typical dishes are the Easter crescia, a fluffy cake with cheese, and the cake to the text or crescia al panaro, a sort of crushed bread, excellent with cold cuts or with freaked, a stew which can be lamb, duck, chicken and rabbit or more meats together, cooked for a long time in a pan with tomato, anchovies, white wine.

Crescia al panaro di Gubbio
Crescia al panaro di Gubbio

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How to adopt a cow, cherry tree or beehive – Italian Cuisine

An idea to help farmers and receive cheeses, fruit and honey directly from the producers

The idea of ​​adopting an animal or tree remotely is not new, but such initiatives are continually born. The last in order of time comes from the province of Belluno in time of COVID-19: the Peralba Costalta Cooperative di San Pietro di Cadore launched the proposal to adopt a cow.

How to adopt a cow (and receive butter and cheese at home)

Against a fee paid for theadoption of a cow from Costalta (you can choose whether to do it for a month at 39 euros, for six months at 219 euros or for a year at 409 euros), you receive an adoption certificate in exchange with the description, personal details and photo of the animal (c is 6 year old Barbie, 3 year old Pearl, 8 year old Pauline, and a certain amount of butter and cheese made with milk. The initiative had a boom in requests so much so that the cooperative at the moment had to suspend the adoptions ("for this month the cows have given all the milk they had", the farmers say). The cooperative, in fact, is a small company made up of five members with about forty cows that try to maintain the tradition and authenticity of a small artisan dairy, and that has also thought of doing it through the help of adoptions: the contributions received allow farmers to feed the cows to the fullest and take them to summer pasture in the huts of the Val Visdende. The cooperative is not the only reality to propose the adoption of a cow: similar initiatives exist in Val Sugana (Trentino), in VALVESTINO (province of Brescia) and at, to give another example, the Fattoria Muretto di Alagna Valsesia.

How to adopt a cherry tree (or another fruit tree)

From cows to cherry trees. TO Vignola, land suited to the production of cherries, theAmidei farm, member of the Consorzio della Ciliegia di Vignola Igp, instead proposes the adoption of a tree. Adopting a cherry tree you have the opportunity to visit the orchard at the foot of the Modena Apennines at the moment of flowering, you are informed when the fruit is ripe and you receive 10 kg of cherries with shipments throughout Italy. The cost is 70 euros and, they say from the company, it can be a nice gift idea, for example, for the birth of a child, but also a way to find contact with nature and rediscover the rhythm of the seasons. You can also adopt a fruit tree biological from farmers across Italy through Biorfarm: after the adoption (possible for a year with a cost that varies depending on the fruit you want to receive) you can remotely monitor the production of the tree, choose whether to receive the fruits at home or collect them in the fields and order other fruit after the first harvest at a discounted price.

adopt a cherry vignola

How to adopt a beehive (but also a truffle dog)

There are many initiatives that give the possibility of adopt a beehive (costs generally range from 50 to 90 euros for a year) and receive the honey produced by bees, a way to protect these insects, endangered by climate change, pesticides and pests. The start-up of agri-tech 3Bee allows you to choose a beekeeper throughout Italy based on the honey produced, monitor the growth of the hive and then receive the desired amount of honey at home. Even the countryside "Give Bees a Chance" by Mebee it gives you the opportunity to adopt a beehive for a year, give the name to the queen, choose the color of the hive, receive the certificate of adoption, as well as periodic updates and photos on the state of the bees and of course honey. The adoption of a beehive is also proposed, for example, by theBelè farm in Missaglia (Lc), fromRonchello di Gandellino farm (Bg), from the project Made in Langhe & Roero which allows to adopt other excellences of the territory to satisfy all tastes and help those we desire: you can adopt a vegetable garden, a sheep, a portion of hazelnut grove, a goat, a fence of Cherasco snails, a row of Barbera and even a truffle dog!

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