Cara Cipolla Kretz

Food blogger and author Cara Cipolla Kretz grew up in a large Italian family in Chicago learning to cook from three generations of women in the kitchen. As a successful start-up entrepreneur and marketing executive in the technology industry, she left corporate life to pursue her passion for creative cooking and preserving family traditions. Cara’s blog and YouTube channel teach secrets and tips to being a great home cook. Recipes include easy-to-make family meals and advanced recipes for foodies. She is a food contributor at Follow Cara at

Italidea-Midwest needs YOU!

The great South African leader Nelson Mandela once noted, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” As Mandela suggests, through Italian language, we can deepen our connection to all things Italian. And as we all know, Italy has so much to offer. Its art, culture, music, food and architecture are justly famous throughout the world and have given much pride to those of Italian heritage. The importance of Italian as a language not just of art, food …

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New group hosts first-ever cuccidati fest

  Bravo to Salvatore Sciacca, Executive Director and Founder the Chicago Italian American Professionals (CIAP) for holding a first-of-its-kind and delicious event to celebrate the Sicilian Fig Cookie called cuccidati. The First Annual La Festa dei Cuccidati was the idea of Michael A. Benedetto, a Dupage County attorney, created to recognize individuals who have  preserved the tradition of making Cuccidati as well as highlighting local bakeries that still produce it. All proceeds from the event went to Casa Italia. Cuccidati is a traditional Sicilian Christmas cookie. It is a crumbly, butter pastry dough filled with a rich and sweet filling of …

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