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Nonna's Recipes: The Story Behind Giada's Famous Lemon Almond Ricotta Muffins

12 April 2023
by Giadzy
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For Giada, this one recipe always brings back memories of her Nonna in the kitchen.

Giada De Laurentiis has made a name for herself in the culinary world, but many people may not know how much her love for cooking was heavily influenced by her grandmother, Silvana Mangano, whom Giada lovingly called "Nonna Luna." Not only was Silvana a beloved Italian actress of her time, but she was a talented home cook to boot. She had an affinity for rice dishes of all kinds, but there's one comforting treat that always reminds Giada of her Nonna: lemon almond ricotta muffins.

Silvana Mangano

These delicate and fluffy muffins - which Silvana originally referred to as "biscuits" - have now been a family favorite for generations. For Giada, these biscuits are more than just a recipe - they're a connection to her family and her Italian heritage. The ricotta in the muffin batter keeps them so light and moist, while the almond and lemon gives them such an enticing flavor. The scent of them baking will fill your house with the most inviting aroma.

Giada has said that her grandmother's love of cooking was infectious, and that she instilled in her a deep appreciation for the power of food to bring people together. Nonna Luna may be gone, but her legacy lives on in Giada's cooking, as well as in the memories and traditions that she passed down to her family. Nonna's lemon almond ricotta muffins are just one example of the many cherished recipes that Giada inherited, and they serve as a reminder of the importance of family, tradition, and the love of good food!

lemon almond ricotta muffins

Nonna's Lemon Almond Ricotta Muffins


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