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Getting back to my roots- Italian Food

I love Italian food, was brought up on it, I come from a large Italian family and food was the center of every celebration or holiday. My earliest memories are of my Grandfather, who spoke no English and his vineyard. It was small but adequate to produce several barrels of wine every year. The cellar of his home was where he made and stored the wine. Even though memories are somewhat vague I recall family gatherings, meals around a big dining room table with my Aunts, Uncles and Cousins, this was every Sunday. We started with a soup usually chicken with homemade noodles and escarole, then came the meat, pasta, salad and sometimes dessert, always in that order. I would watch my Mother and Aunts in the kitchen making the pasta, it was a a real labor of love by these three great cooks. My Mother is not Italian, she became an Italian by marriage and mastered the food in no time at all. Growing up we had Italian food of some sort at least 3 or 4 times a week. My Father had a vegetable garden and every year my Mother canned tomatoes and vegetables from the garden. She made home made pasta, and made her own sausage. I guess that is where I developed my love of everything home made, sometimes it’s just easier to buy prepared foods and with a busy schedule I always have pantry items for a quick meal but there is nothing like taking the time (if you can) to prepare your food from scratch. I travelled and lived in Italy for a few years and learned much about the culture and food of this beautiful country. My family is from Caserta and came to the United States via Ellis Island and settled in New York.

Next week I am going to feature a different Italian recipe every day, some will be mine but I am going to include recipes from my Mother and Aunt Dee. There will be recipes for home made pasta, my Aunt Dee’s Pasti Ciotti and several other Italian favorites. Stay tuned!!

Birthday Party at Granpa's Home My Mom is holding me.

My Aunt Dee and Great Aunt and Cousins

16 Comments Post a comment
  1. Oh that sounds good!

    February 22, 2012
    • I can’t wait, I am working all this week to get my recipes together. I really love Italian food and can’t wait to start making it next week.

      February 22, 2012
  2. Oh, soooo looking forward to this. Your photos are precious.

    February 22, 2012
  3. This sounds wonderful, am looking forward to it, Suzanne! Love your story, brings me back to my childhood in many ways 🙂

    February 22, 2012
    • We come from such similar backgrounds, I think of you every time I think of my family. Thank you so much.

      February 22, 2012
  4. pat #

    What a lovely story.. can’t wait to see your recipes…this reminds me so much of my paternal grandmother who had a small cottage on a lake in Brighton, Mi with a lot of property..she grew grapes, peppers, etc and made wine which was signature!

    February 22, 2012
    • It really does conjure up so many memories. Isn’t it wonderful! Thanks so much Pat.

      February 22, 2012
  5. I love this! It sounds like you have so many wonderful memories from your childhood with your extended family. Where did you live in Italy? I’m heading there in late August for a few weeks and can’t wait! Really looking forward to your posts next week!

    February 22, 2012
    • Thanks Suzanne, I do have some wonderful memories and I love remembering and memorializing these recipes.
      I lived outside Napoli Centro, at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius on Via Cappella Nuova. I did a lot of travelling and stayed around Rome for a while. I never got to Florence or Venice or Tuscany, next time.

      February 22, 2012
      • I’ve not been to Florence, or anywhere south of there. Everytime I go, I tend to stay in northern Italy, and this year will likely be no different. There’s so much to experience there, and always a reason to return. Ciao-

        February 24, 2012
  6. I loved driving on the Amalfi coast to Reggio Calabria, then took a boat to Sicily. Taormina is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen, Next time I go to Italy I am going North, I have to experience that.

    February 24, 2012
  7. Georgia Grosjean #

    i love to eat italian foods since they are quite spicy. ^

    Take a look at all of the most current write-up on our blog

    November 5, 2012
  8. Random post fun! I really enjoyed this Suzanne. And the old photos were wonderful. Wishing you a sublime Sunday. Hugs.

    November 15, 2014
    • Tou found another oldie but goodie, thsnk you snd have a great Sunday!

      November 16, 2014

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