We arranged for a van to take us to the airport with five of our co-travelers after breakfast. Ah, yes, the final breakfast had every food imaginable, including gluten free options! We had absolutely no problems with our flight from Catania to Rome or our flight from Rome to JFK. There were short lines at Customs, and our luggage arrived quickly. Our driver was ready for us. Home, Sweet Home!
At home, my fingers weren’t swollen, so my rings came off easily with liquid soap. Nevertheless, I had my rings resized. After we readjusted to the time zone, I checked out recipes for nucatoli cookies and selected one written in Sicily by someone who was familiar with American ingredients and measuring. The cookies in the photos looked and tasted exactly the same as those from Antica Dolceria Bonajuto. Here’s the link: https://rubberslippersinitaly.wordpress.com/2011/12/22/nucatoli/
The trip had been a dream come true!