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Lidia Bastianich is an Emmy award-winning television host, best-selling cookbook author, and restaurateur. She has held true to her Italian roots and culture, which she proudly and warmly invites her fans to experience.
 
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Sicily's Almond Milk
Some of the best almonds grow in Sicily, a region known for its extensive repertoire of almond dishes....
 
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Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking
Lidia brings viewers on a road trip into the heart of Italian-American cooking.
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Lidia's Stoneware Collection

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October 17, 2015
Sicily's Almond Milk

Some of the best almonds grow in Sicily, a region known for its extensive repertoire of almond dishes. Blooming almond trees are a beautiful site, like white clouds dotting the landscape. One of the most traditional and well-know Sicilian desserts is Pasta Reale, the almond paste that so many Sicilian desserts are made with, such as little white lamb-shaped treats around Easter time, Cassata and the beautiful macaroon fruit. Almond trees were brought to Sicily from Asia by the Greeks in the 5th century BC and grew throughout the island in profusion. Crushing fresh almonds in water is a tradition in Sicily; they allow the mixture to steep for a day or two, strain it, and then drink the liquid, almond milk. One could compare it to coconut milk. Almond milk is a refreshing drink, and is delicious poured over ice on a hot summer day. In the warmer months, ice cream and sorbet are made using this natural almond water. In Italy, the almond drink known as Orzata is available for sale at bars and stores all over the country.