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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:25 am    Post subject: Favorite Family Recipes Recovery Reply with quote

Years ago I found a blog about Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on 115th Street in NY and finally contacted the people behind it.

One (Danielle Oteri) has a site that will organize your family recipes, even reconstructing lost ones from info about the area the ancestors came from.

There is a e-zine and subscriptions with information about a favorite topic: Italian food.


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I liked the blog/recipes page with the different dishes - some not like what we had but close e.g. braciole - we always had just egg, cheese and bread crumbs for filling and she says the Sicilians used raisins. On Travel Channel once, I was surprised to see them using hard boiled eggs in a Sicilian kitchen, but then my cousin said his mother used to make them that way for her Polish husband and he loved them. Guess that came from our Sicilian grandfather but it didn't get over to our part of the family.

The first item about checking a prospective bride's thumbs to see if she was adept at rolling dough for pasta reminded me of my grandma Nervina making cavatelle - she was very good at it (and her hands smelled of sweet basil).


Getting hungry just reading it again.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Small World my father's family's church was also Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, but it is on East 187th Street in the Bronx. Funny how recipes have been coming up in discussions around here too. One thing i was thinking about was ' la froscia' a sweet type of fritatta that my Sicilian grandmother used to make after holiday meals. My wife has the recipe in with my mom's recipes someplace. I asked a bunch of my cousins, but they are all younger than me and most of them never heard of it. One grandmother put pignolli nuts in her meatballs and the other put raisins. My mother made round and egg shaped meatballs one with raisins the other without. The braciole always had raisins.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never heard about raisins used around here - have to ask some cousins who were over at our Sicilian grandfather's more often or their mothers used them.

I showed my mother the page with the recipes/blog and she recognized many of the dishes, but usually when she pronounced the names out loud.

That site has a page about a Little Italy tour but they call the area in the Bronx the 'real' Little Italy. Surely there are more Italians there now while Mulberry Street (where I stayed while working at the Bronx VA Hospital back in 1980) is more touristy but there are some o.k. restaurants. Definitely not the same even from when I was there.

I'm going to write back to Danielle that Laura Nyro was born and raised there, after all.

I sent her the link to Amici where we were swapping Easter Pie recipes and so she could see the rest of the forum, as well as Gente and ItalianGenealogy.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chinatown is taking over Little Italy in Manhattan> Little Italy in the Bronx, at least where my father's family lived, is being taken over by Spanish speaking peoples. I think Arthur avenue and a few nearby streets are still what we would call a Little Italy. I haven't been there in many years and now that I am on oxygen I wonder if I'll ever get back there. I miss going to City Island for clams and fish too. Also, I wanted to try the lemon ice at the Lemon Ice King of Corona ever since I saw the name on the old tv comedy "The King of Queens". This is what smoking cigarettes does to lungs.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, Chinatown was moving up Mulberry back in the 80s and Italians were moving out to the suburbs before then. If they stayed, maybe...but then the expense also drives people to move.

Of course all that area was populated by other ethnic groups years before - it all changes over time.

What the city should do is make sure that "regular" people can continue to live in the city - the rents are awful and jobs are needed, plus the old housing subsidies from the Depression era are expiring, pushing middle class out. Or they are being tricked into leaving...

The NY Times had an article about City Island and I worried that speculators would see that and drool - just have to get rid of the people there and they can make a bundle. Where is Fiorello when we need him? Or FDR for that matter, and William H. Seward even.

Lemon Ice King hmm? Now you've got me intrigued...

I've seen the same thing in California, notably in Marin County where the people have tried very hard to keep the area from being ruined, but it is very difficult when there are so many who want to live there and housing needs to be built.

Even up here, rents are up and new people coming in - 6 figure condos even in the old Wegman's Piano Factory building.

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