Struffoli – Italian Christmas Candy to Me

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/struffoli-recipe/index.html My mother didn't have the recipe written down for this one, so I've attached Giada's here. I trust her, and her method seems closest to my mother and Grandma Jennie Testa's. My mother told me to just use Wande dough for this but there are so many specific steps that I wanted to make sure that I …

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Families to be Thankful for

http://www.italianamericanwriter.com/2012/11/22/my-italo-turkey-day-3/#comment-2665 I love this story written by Dr. Ed Iannuccilli.  It captures what it feels like to be an Italian American on Thanksgiving.  It most likely speaks to all of us who have relatives that came here in search of something better and are so very thankful for what they have received. Today I am …

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My Mouth is Watering – Thanksgiving Italian Style

http://www.prouditaliancook.com/ Check this blog out for some delicious Italian Thanksgiving dish ideas. I love that my husband, daughter and I have been enjoying Thanksgiving on Prudence Island with Jeremy's family these past few years. It's a wonderful, festive day full of delicious food, family, and laughter, not to mention a walk around the nearly deserted …

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Reading the Voices of Rhode Island’s Italian Americans

“Virginia Cotungo DiBiase told what happened to her and her two siblings when there were claimed by their father at Ellis Island. They had not seen their father in thirteen years. They did not recognize their father and he did not recognize them…”   “A woman from Thornton, Tribelli, I think. She was a mid-wife. …

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Wicked Good Eats for Columbus Day – Stuffed Peppers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWznbUpkImg&feature=youtu.be I have known Steve for over 40 years. We attended first grade, and all subseuent grades, together. He is not only an accomplished mechanical engineer and design manager, but he is, as we would say in our hometown of Johnston, Rhode Island, a wicked good cook. And a wicked good guy too. His dad …

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