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I can’t believe that Ash Wednesday is tomorrow and today is Fat Tuesday… It seems as if the year is on full speed ahead.
Bob and I are having our traditional “King Cake” and beignets today to celebrate the occasion before we start our Lenten meals. And we hope you have a great celebration as well.
I have posted our cake and cookies for this year and followed it with links to past celebrations (at the end of the post) of full tablescapes with recipes for various traditional holiday meals.
Bob and I will have my traditional family recipe of Lasagna Carnevale tonight before Lent.
This lasagna from Naples is made with meat sauce and layered with mini meatballs, sausage, ricotta, mozzarella, parmigiana, and pasta sheets. We use all the rich fatty meats and cheeses before the 40 days of Lent begins and fasting.
I just love beignets and this year we found the cutest cookies with the traditional Mardi Gras colors to enjoy as well.
And the star of the show, the traditional King Cake.
King Cakes are oval-shaped to symbolize the unity of faiths. Each cake is decorated in the traditional Mardi Gras colors – purple representing justice, green representing faith, and gold representing power. A small baby, symbolizing the baby Jesus, is traditionally hidden inside each King Cake. The baby symbolizes luck and prosperity to whoever finds it.
Until my next post, make every day a celebration!
The following posts have some recipes you might be interested in for Mardi Gras……. click the link titles to open each past post.
Mardi Gras 2022 with sheet pan jambalaya recipe and shortcut cinnamon roll King cake recipe:
Mardi Gras 2015 with Carnevale king cake recipe:
Mardi Gras 2016 featuring a member Vera Sonnenberg’s recipe for Buttermilk pancakes for Fat Tuesday:
Mardi Gras 2017 with a quick Mardi Gras cupcake project with the kids:
Have a wonderful celebration and recipes for Lenten meals will follow soon on the blog.
Have a great day and make every day a celebration!