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Christmas & New Year’s Eve Italian Traditions

Source Italy Magazine Christmas Food Traditions: Cotechino and Zampone from Emilia Spend Christmas at the home of any family in the region of Emilia and you can be sure to find cotechino and zampone at the table. Let me tell you that you are in great company if you love the dish, but you are not alone if you’d rather skip this course! These two pork meat dishes from Modena boast a tradition going back centuries. Just consider that cotechino is deemed the father of all cured meats. The practice… Continue Reading…


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Rome Is the capital of Italy and the country’s largest and most populated city and commune. The city is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, on the Tiber River within the Lazio region of Italy. Rome’s history spans some 2500 years. It was the capital city of the Roman Kingdom and regarded as one of the birthplaces of western civilization. The Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, were the dominant powers in Western Europe and the lands bordering the Mediterranean for over 700 years. In the 8th… 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…


The Coppola (Hat)

I can remember both My Grandfather’s, My Father and Father-in-law wearing the hat know as COPPOLA. I’m sure that many more of us have memories of relatives wearing this hat. Many of us still wear the Coppola hat. I know I have done so. It’s traditionally known as an Italian hat. The style is a flat cap. The theory is this “flat cap” originated in England during the reign of the Tudors. Then sometime in the early 20th century, it became popular in Sicily and Calabria, the Coppola Hat became… Continue Reading…


St. Patrick

Was St Patrick Really italian? Little is known about the Details of St Patrick’s Life. Most agree that he was a missionary in Ireland during the 2nd half of the 5th century. He is also considered to be the founder of Christianity in Ireland. He was born in “Roman Britain” which was an area of Great Britain or Wales governed by the Roman Empire. Some say his name at birth was Maewyn Succat. Although Patrick referred to himself in his own writings as Patricius. Most agree that at when Patrick… Continue Reading…

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Pictured here are some pictures from an Italian Festival of Angels Culture Board. This was displayed in a section specializing in Food Wine and Beer!  The Muffuletta Sandwich The Muffuletta is a round Sicilian sesame bread as well as a submarine sandwich made with that bread that originated from New Orleans, Louisiana. The bread is a large, round, and somewhat flattened loaf with a sturdy texture, around 10 inches across. It is described as being somewhat similar to focaccia. A traditional Muffuletta consists of one Muffuletta loaf, split horizontally. The… Continue Reading…



That’s A Morra Have you ever been to a picnic or social gathering and seen a group of men yelling and throwing fingers at each other? This happened in both my family and my wife’s family. I can remember this happening and I didn’t really know what was going on. While watching, It seemed like my grandfathers, father and uncles were arguing with each other. But they were laughing and hugging one another too. Did this ever happen to you? Well, when I was old enough I found out they were… Continue Reading…

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Halloween has some special memories of my youth.

Halloween has some special memories of my youth.  As a youngster, “store bought” costumes were always what the other kids wore. My mother always made something out of what was hanging around the house. An old set of long Johns, a cardboard box, kitchen pots and pans and my sister’s skirts were some of her creative supplies. I remember wearing my sister’s school uniform skirt one year and getting a slap because I told her if I could borrow her face as well, it would be a super scary costume.… Continue Reading…

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