Tuesday, November 22, 2011

An Italian Thanksgiving....

Every once in a while, amongst the chain e-mails and spam, I receive a circulated message that brings me back.  Well with Thanksgiving right here, I thought I would share this email which pretty much finds my address each year.
I think many of you will appreciate the Italian Style Menu..... Happy Thanksgiving!

An Italian Thanksgiving
ITALIAN THANKSGIVING
When I was a kid growing up, Thanksgiving was a day to reflect on what we had to be thankful for and to see my family together.
After this peaceful moment, of no one screaming at each other, it was time to eat! ANDIAMO!


Now Italians do it all little bit different than the rest, but what else is new.
First we start with:


ANTIPASTO
then LASAGNA or
MANICOTTI (depending on what you had last year) with
MEAT IN THE GRAVY
then SOUP
Now we get to the Meal:
TURKEY
STUFFING
ROASTED POTATOES
BROCCOLI RABE
and / or ESCAROLE
ROASTED RED PEPPERS
SAUTEED MUSHROOMS
SAUTEED STRINGBEANS (picked from the vine in the backyard garden)
THE BREAD (that nonna made)
and GOD FORBID YOU FORGET THE SALAD!!!
(picked from the backyard garden with homemade wine vinegar)


To wash it all down, we had:
HOMEMADE WINE
and 7 UP (IN THE GLASS BOTTLE)
Then after the men had a 2 hour nap and the woman cleaned all the dishes, we had:
CHESTNUTS
MIXED NUTS
FRESH FRUIT
DRIED FIGS
and FINOCCHIO
Then we started the dessert:
ITALIAN COOKIES
SFOGLIATELLE
CANNOLIS
and ITALIAN PASTRY (just in case we missed something)
During this feast we enjoyed a nice EXPRESSO with
MARIE BRIZARD ANISETTE or
ROMANA SAMBUCA
Then after that we needed a little something for DIGESTIVO


We went straight for the BRIOSCHI!!!





HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL MY PAISANI

18 comments:

  1. Reminded me of thanksgiving at grandmas in the 50s

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  2. What's this 'gravy' stuff you're talking about---is it on the lasagna or manicotti or is it on the turkey, stuffing and potatoes?

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    1. Italian Americans call it gravy. Any other Americans call it sauce. It's GRAVY!!!

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    2. Not true. It's a huge debate! My parents are FIRST generation Americans, and we call it SAUCE!

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    3. This Sicilian (and her entire family) and all local Italians call it sauce!

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  3. Mama Mia,,,tutti a American....Gravy in an Italian home is (sauce) to some...RED..goes over the macaroni or lasagna or manicotti.....

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  4. Hi Doris, don't know how you got my family picture on your web page......???? but, this picture definitely does not belong to you!!!!!

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  5. The picture may not be hers, but it is kind of cool that she would use our family picture Patti...

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    1. The picture was not meant to represent us. This picture has been floating around the internet for years and represents many Italian families such as ours. I thought it was a perfect image for the post. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    2. We made this post 2 years ago, I wonder what brought on all the views recently? I'm not complaining. I hope you all search many of our older posts. Grazie!

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    3. It was posted as a link in an American-Sicilian page.

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  6. La Dolce Vita
    When I was growing up I didnt appreciate it, but now I miss it so much and all the people who filled the table :(( Still have my Momma Mia 96, still has an appetite like a horse:) when that goes she's gone:((. Enjoy your family and friends! Life is short, goes in an instant. Treasure your time together!

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    1. Well said Vita! Have a great Holiday!

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  7. Brought back many fond memories.

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  8. I miss those days. all the familys would all gather at Nana Papas house. We would all head down to the basement. The basement was one big kitchen. The tables went from front to back.It sat all 78 of us. My Grandfather at the head of the first table, would stand with wine in hand give us his blessing in broken English. And then the feast would start. Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiven.

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  9. Anyone that came from
    Italy called it gravy, the new generation called it sauce.

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    1. My entire family, including myself were born in Sicily and we call it SAUCE. More to the point, the differentiation seems to be more about where you live in the US. Midwest tends to call it sauce. Gravy is the brown stuff you make with flour and meat juices. You'll never see a menu listing types of gravy for the pasta!

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  10. 7up and red wine. Still drinking it! Carlo Rossi Burgandy and 7up served cold with few ice cubes is how we like it, especially during the hot months.

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