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Vince Lombardi

Vince Lombardi, by Matt Gill Vince Lombardi was born on June 11, 1913 in Brooklyn, New York. While watching Super Bowl 55 on February 7, 2021, I began a look back at the Super Bowl, I quickly discovered the names of 200 Italians, and Americans of Italian descent, who all had a big impact on American Football. Yes, there were a few Italians from Italy who played American football. In fact, there is even an Italian Football League the IF that started in 2008.      Our own Italian American football… Continue Reading…

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This is from our Italian Festival of Angels board collection. Glenn and I were on a roll and just picked a couple items to complete the board content.  We had some motivation for thinking of the Muffuletta because in 2007 a vendor was supposed to sell the Muffuletta sandwich, but unfortunately they did not attend for personal reasons. I offered a refund but they graciously offered the Fee as a donation. The Muffuletta: Crusty Italian Bread, Olive oil on both sides of the bread, chopped green and black olives, Good… Continue Reading…


Giada De Laurentiis

***Giada’s Easter Classics*** Giada Pamela De Laurentiis  is an Italian-American chef, writer, and television personality. She is the host of Food Network’s “Giada at Home”.  Giada Pamela De Benedetti was born on August 22, 1970, in Rome, Italy, the eldest child of actress Veronica De Laurentiis and her first husband, actor-producer Alex De Benedett. In 1977 at the age of 7, Giada’s parents left Italy and came to the United States. They lived briefly in Florida, and New York and then moved to Los Angeles. Giada is a Emmy award winning… Continue Reading…

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Shrimp Leonardo

Recipe origin By Lenny Ricciardelli – This Shrimp Leonardo recipe is a recipe I came up with with help from my mom. Back when I was catering, I had lined up a series of Latin weddings. I was able to do that because i had the equipment to roast pigs inside or outside. A Latin tradition was, they always wanted a roasted pig. Along with the pig they also had a family tradition of serving paella buffet style from a large pan, next to a food station, carving the pig… Continue Reading…

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Pesto Orecchiette with Chicken Sausage

By Sally Proto Gill 1lb Orecchiette Pasta1 Tablespoon Olive Oil¾ to 1lb oz Chicken Sausage,1 ½ to 2 cups pesto (recipe below)½ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese Pesto Sauce This  is a basic pesto, made with basil, olive oil, pine nuts, and parmesan cheese. This recipe differs from the classic preparation by the addition of parsley. You can add a little extra Parmesan to the mixture if you like. 3 cups cup packed basil leaves4 cloves garlic3/4 cup parmesan cheese (add more to taste if needed)1/2 cup olive oil1/4 cup pine… Continue Reading…

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Stuffed Artichokes

By Nick Mastroianni How to choose an Artichoke to make Stuffed Artichokes.The artichokes should feel heavy, and if you squeeze an artichoke it should make a squeaking sound. The best Artichokes are closed leaved. Ingredients for Stuffed Artichokes Hint: Stuffed Artichokes Love salt, and garlic!Two artichokes – make sure they’re firm and the pedals are tightly closed¼  to ½ cup of Parmesan cheese2 large cloves of garlic1/2 cup panko Italian bread crumbsChopped stem piecesSalt and pepper to tasteOlive oil for drizzling Directions1. Cut stem off and set aside.2. Remove small… Continue Reading…

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November is the Start of the Holiday Season.

By Lenny Ricciardelli November for many Italian American Families is the start of the holiday Season, especially when it comes to family get together, and FOOD.  Being in the food business most of my life, I’ve learned there is diversity in many Italian American traditional meals but no matter the menu the common ingredient is always Love. Growing up and even when we got married, we always did things around the meat market schedule. In our stores the 3 main food holidays were of course Thanksgiving, Christmas and the granddaddy… Continue Reading…

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Trips to Radio City

My stories are usually about our traditions revolving around food, family and holidays. Maybe I’ll try something different this time Maybe some of you watched the Radio City show on Netflix. I did, and watching it made me think about  a family tradition, which started in 1988 and ended in 2001. When I was a teenager our family went to radio city, at the time I never wanted to go, because I was more interested in staying home and listening to records etc. It just wasn’t ”cool” to go with… Continue Reading…

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Ash Wednesday

The first day of Lent is commonly known as Ash Wednesday. I remember when I was a child, that was the beginning of a most religious and reflective time of our Catholics lives. Especially if you went to Catholic school and had a mother who was quite handy with a wooden spoon, a leather belt or a ping pong paddle. The day would traditionally begin with attending Mass in the morning. Following the Mass, ashes would be dispensed (only by a priest) and this would be followed by making a… Continue Reading…

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Well Brother:

Well brother , it’s Thanksgiving weekend. Where do I start? First, Thanksgiving without the old man, then without mom, then without you and finally without Mary, were all very tough. But this one is tough in a different way. With the fear of this deadly virus spreading, the question is, “How do we handle the holiday.”  We are very careful, following all the mask, handwashing and distancing protocol. But what should the attendance be for a dinner that usually finds us hosting upwards of 15 family members?  It’s funny, even… Continue Reading…

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