Bottles of Homemade LIMONCELLO
My PAL Vincenzo Manzo at His Lemon Farm VILLA MARIA
MINORI , ITALY
On The AMALFI COAST
RECIPE : AMALFI COAST LIMONCELLO
- zest of 6 or 7 large organic lemons
- 1 litre or quart of pure grain alcohol or vodka
- 5 cups (1250 ml) water
- 3 cups (700 gr) sugar
Peel the zest from the lemons with a vegtable peeler and place them into a large glass jar. Try to avoid the bitter white pith of the lemon skin, under the yellow zest.
Add the alcohol to the jar with the lemon zest.
Cover the glass jar with plastic wrap and store it in a cool place for 7 days
On the sixth day: Boil the water and add the sugar to the boiling water. Stir the sugar until it is fully dissolved in the water. Set the sugar syrup aside to let it cool over night.
On the seventh day: Strain the lemons peels from the alcohol and discard the peels.
Pour the sugar syrup into the glass jar with the alcohol and stir well.
Serve chilled, from the refrigerator or freezer.
Peel LEMONS with VEGTABLE PEELER
Place Lemon Peels in JAR with Grain Alcholo or VODKA
LEMONS … Agroturismo Villa Maria, Minori
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by Daniel Bellino Z
Me & The LIMONCELLO LADY , CAPRI
When Italian-Americans Cook
Food and Frank, or should I say Italian Food and Frank? You know that it’s just gotta be Italian? The food that is. Well it’s hard for me to write about Italian Food, and Italian-American Food to be more specific, and not talk about the great one Frank Sinatra and his presence at our many meals. We’re Italian-American and we love Frank Sinatra, the man and his music, it’s a requirement and absolute must of any true blooded Italian-American, if you are, then you’ve just gotta love Frank, he’s the undisputed most beloved Italian-American of All-Time and that’s all there is to it.
Now as most of you know, Frank Sinatra was and still is Italian-America’s most iconic personality of all, we revere him in an almost God-like fashion. Yes Frank Sinatra is almost God-like to we Americans of Italian ancestry and that’s that. He was one of the 20th Century’s greatest entertainers to most American people whether they are Italian or not. And to we Italians he was # 1 and without question the single greatest entertainer and singer of them all. Yes we love the man and his music, which always was just flawless. The sounds of Sinatra would always be playing at our dinner parties and just about anytime of the day, “no matter what we were doing, it just had to be Frank.”
From the time I was just a young boy my mother Lucia played her Sinatra records all, I listened and I loved. Mommy also loved the great Italian-American singers like; Dean Martin, Al Martino, Jerry Vale, and Tony Bennett. So as young children we grew up with the sounds of Sinatra as well as those of our contemporary artists like The Beatles, Pop Music, R&B, and Rock-N-Roll. We loved it all. Most kids just like the music of the day (Rock & Roll and whatnot), but we the Italian kids loved Sinatra as well, it was in our blood, our DNA, we always listened to Frank when our parents played his records on the Hi-Fidelity phonograph.
My Aunts Fran and Aunt Helen would be playing Sinatra albums on their big console record player of the 60s as we arrived at their homes for our weekly Sunday meals. These meals were an all day affair that included; Antipasti, Pasta, Sunday Sauce Gravy, Italian Pastries, coffee, and the sounds of, “you guessed it,” Sinatra. This was a combination that in itself was iconic Italian-American and just could not be beat, those meals with our tasty Italian-American Food, friends and family and the beautiful soothing music of one Francis Albert Sinatra, as well as Dino, and Jerry Vale too.
Yes we had many meals with Frank playing in the background as we ate Meatballs, Braciole, Sausages, and Cannoli. Can you beat that? I don’t think so, it’s Frank, Family, and Food, the 3 F’s of Italian-America.
So when you cook and invite friends and family over for some pasta, Sunday Sauce, or whatever, be sure to put Frank on and your experience will be complete. Sinatra, friends, family, and pasta, what’s better?
EXCERPTED From “MANGIA ItALIANO” by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
MANGIA ITALIANO !
Publication Release December 2017
Daniel Bellino Zwicke
The FEAST of The SEVEN FISHES is one of the most beloved Christmas Eve traditions in most Italian-American households– as long as family members eating the ocean’s bounty are seafood lovers. While some people heard tales about Nonna killing eels on the side of the bathtub, two things are true for most: The Feast and the Seven Fishes is all about family and food.
The feast, also known as “la Festa dei Sette Pesci” in the old country, is a tradition that is popular in southern Italy. It reportedly started in Naples or Sicily and ever traveled north.
The number of fish eaten represents different things for each family. Those who eat seven fishes are representing the seven deadly sins, the creation story, the seven sacraments or the seven virtues of Christian theology: hope, fortitude, charity, faith, temperance, prudence, and justice.
While a definite meaning for the number seven is not known, some families eat as many as 13 types of fish. As few as three can be consumed, too.
Participants of the seafood bonanza indulge in “frutta di mare,” as it’s called in Italian, because Catholic Italians abstain from meat and dairy until Midnight Mass. Similarly, butter cannot be used for preparing the dish. Instead, oil olive is typically used.
Possible menu ideas include baccala (salted cod), scungilli (conch), pupa (octopus), calamari (squid), scallops, shrimp, blue crab, eel, clams, smelt, mussels and Anchovy flavored Pasta .
Some families make Cioppino, a seafood stew that can have has many as seven fishes in one bowl. There’s no rule about how the fish can be eaten. While some people might consume the fishes in one fish, others eat them separately, whether it be baked, steamed or fried.
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