Hopefully you and your family are all safe and sound, spending time together on Christmas morning. Or, if you don’t celebrate, hopefully you have the day off and are planning to go see a movie! We all opened some gifts, unwrapped the chocolate drop panettone I have been eyeing for the last week, and have some beautiful Christmas music playing to punctuate this fine day. No matter what your celebratory preference, I wish you all […]
This knife belonged to my great grandmother on my father's side, Angelina Minniti (1883-1954). I recently "borrowed" it from my mother on a semi-permananent basis. I always remember seeing it in the drawer as a kid, with it's protective sheath made from cardboard and duct tape, but rarely ever saw it being used.
I am sure that most Italian-Americans have their own recipe for this dish, but the ones my grandmother and mother made were the best by far! Cutlets were a special treat in my household. My father would come down in the middle of the night and eat them cold from the fridge, much to our despair because that meant less (or none) for us the next day.
These meatballs, made by my paternal grandmother, Josephine, were so coveted that the family would gather by the dozens when they were being served. Josephine (Romeo) Della Vecchia came from Calabria - the southern tip of Italy. Meatballs, or polpette were common there (and still are) and simple to make.
This film is a bit long at 12 minutes and the still images repeat, but it touches on many of the experiences of Italian Americans, especially those who grew up in the 40’s and 50’s.