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Italian American of the Month

Dr Anthony Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr Anthony S. Fauci, December 2020 Italian American of the Month and Our Lodges Selection for our Italian American of the Year. Dr Anthony Fauci, is the only person to be honored twice by the Sons of Italy Foundation. He was first honored in 1992 and a second time in 2015. Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), receives the Special Recognition Award for Science and Medicine at the 2015 #NELAgala Watch Video Early Life… Continue Reading…

Recipe of the Month

Stuffed Artichokes

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 outer pedals on… Continue Reading…

Frank's Stories

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…

Lenny's Stories

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…

Frank's Stories

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…

Frank's StoriesTraditions

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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