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Pat DeMaio

Pat DeMaio was the beloved Husband of our Lodge member Melinda DeMaio. Melinda has given me permission to print this story. Thank you Melinda. One-time Red Sox farmhand Pat DeMaio passed away in 2015 at age 75. He attended West Haven High, raised a family in Orange and in between was perhaps the greatest pitcher Quinnipiac has ever seen. He won 20 games, lost only one. In 1962 he signed with the Boston Red sox and he continued his professional career in the Carolina League and the New York Pen… Continue Reading…


Simple Coconut Cream Pie – From Donna Casciello

Ingredients: 2 cups Cold Milk               2 cups Cool Whip, thawed and Divided1 cup Coconut                   1 (6oz) Graham Cracker Pie Crust2 pkg. Vanilla Instant Pudding Pie filling Pour milk into a Large bowlAdd dry pudding mixes and ¾ cup of the coconut, beat with wire whisk  for about 2 minutes.Gently stir in 1 cup of the cool whip.Pour into the pie crust.Refrigerate for 4 hours or until set. Spread the remaining cool whip, and sprinkle the remaining coconut over pie. Serve Cold!


Tom’s Beef Soup

By Cheryl Lillo Vestal Ingredents:2 pieces of Beef soup shank, some extra bones if you can find them.4 potatoes diced, 4 carrots sliced, 2 stalks of celery diced, 1 lg. onion chopped, 4 cloves of garlic chopped.Season with salt, pepper and parsley and bay leave. Put the soup meat and bones in a large pot, add enough water to cover meat and bones. Bring to a boil. Skin off the forth and grease. lower heat and simmer for about an hour.Remove meat and bones and cut meat away from bones.… Continue Reading…

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Mothers Day

By Frank Mentone I was orphaned more than fifteen years ago when my mother passed away.  Thirty-nine years old was too soon to be left without the guidance and understanding only a mother can give. My mother was a terrible person who today would be sent to jail.When I did something wrong, she wasn’t afraid to hit first and ask questions second. If for some reason I was later found innocent of the crime her sense of fairness was to let me know she would be more lenient the next… Continue Reading…

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Very Lemon Bundt Cake

Easy Method From Sharon Ricciardelli Prepare Bundt pan by greasing and flouring the pan thoroughly. In large bowl mix all ingredients together and beat until smooth and light. Pour mixture into prepared Bundt pan. Preheat over to 350 and bake for 45 minutes. When done let cool completely before removing from pan. Dust with confectioners sugar, top with ice cream, berries or your favorite topping.  Ingredients:  1 box of white cake mix 2 tbsp. oil 3 eggs 1/4 cup water 1/2 cup Limoncello Juice of 2 Lemons Zest of 2… Continue Reading…

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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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Italian Food

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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