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Traditions

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…

Recipe of the Month

Pesto Orecchiette with Chicken Sausage

November Recipe of the Month Submitted by Sally 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… Continue Reading…

Recipe of the Month

Shrimp Leonardo

October 2020 By Lenny Ricciardelli – This recipe is actually my moms. When I was catering, I lined up a series of Latin weddings, A tradition was they always wanted a roasted pig, I had big ovens, and the equipment to accomplish this, which was probably the main reason I was able to land the jobs. I also used to hold an annual Luau. These were outside events. Anyhow Paella was always on the menu too. So I would modify this recipe, serve with or over rice as a paella,… Continue Reading…

Franks Column

Columbus Faced Brown Street

10-12-2020 By Lodge Member Frank Mentone When I was young, I used to ask my father when we could partake in a particular activity that I knew he wasn’t interested in. His answer was always the same. “When Columbus throws the ball down Brown Street,” he would bark. To those who grew up in that neighborhood, that was a standard reply from many fathers. The statue of Christopher Columbus was erected in 1892 in the Wooster Street green. The large monument of Columbus holding the globe, faced Brown Street. That… Continue Reading…

BaseballItalian American of the MonthSports

Joe DiMaggio

November 2020 Italian American of the Month Born as Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio in Martinez, California on November 25, 1914, Joe DiMaggio was the fourth son, and eighth child of nine children born to Sicilian immigrants Guiseppe and Rosalie DiMaggio. The couple had traveled to America in 1898, leaving behind the community of Isola delle Femmine off the coast of Sicily and the waters where the DiMaggios had been fishermen for generations. DiMaggio’s father, Guiseppe, brought his family from Italy to the Martinez fishing community and then later, when Joe was… Continue Reading…

Italian American of the MonthSports

Diana Taurasi

October 2020 Diana Taurasi Diana Taurasi Speaks at A Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant Many Lodge members remember Diana Taurasi. I guess I’m particle but in my book, Diana is the Greatest basketball player of all time.  I know all the arguments but I still stand by that statement! We have Diana and they don’t! In 2002 UConn Coach Geno A answer to the Question: ” Are you confident your team can win the national championship and why?” he answered Yes we’ll win! We’ll win because we… Continue Reading…

Franks ColumnTraditions

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…

Traditions

Mora

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…

Entertainers

Dean Martin

Dean Martin, born Dino Paul Crocetti; June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995 Was an Italian American singer, movie star, TV Star, Comedian/Nightclub Performer. He  was born in Steubenville, Ohio, to Italian parents, Gaetano and Angela Crocetti. The sound of Dino’s voice echoes from the scratchy 45rpm record on my dads turntable, filling the room with nostalgia. ‘When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore. When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine, you’re in love.’ His hit song “That’s Amore”–or, as… Continue Reading…

Italy-Comune Province Regions

PortoVenere

Porto Venere (Italian pronunciation: [ˌpɔrto ˈvɛːnere]; until 1991 Portovenere;[3] Ligurian: Pòrtivene) is a town and comune (municipality) located on the Ligurian coast of Italy in the province of La Spezia. It comprises the three villages of Fezzano, Le Grazie and Porto Venere, and the three islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. In 1997 Porto Venere and the villages of Cinque Terre were designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

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