From The Gloucester Daily Times-
When Felicia was growing up this special recipe was prepared by her Aunt “FeFe“, Vincie and Uncle Mike (Militello). Now she makes it herself and passes along the family’s recipe secrets. The main ingredients are cauliflower, fava beans, and the ferns on top of the anise bulbs. In fact, since the grocers and supermarkets typically throw away this part of the plant before even putting it on the shelf, Felicia goes around each year to remind them to avoid that for this special week of St. Joseph’s Day so that she and others can properly make the dish.
Her aunt and uncle FeFe and Vincie used to create an alter every St. Joseph’s Day and that became very big, so big that many people came each year to pay their respects and eat some of the special pasta dish. The pasta sauce was served over home made St. Joseph fettuccini pasta. What made this St. Joseph Pasta is that all the flower used to prepare the feast was blessed by a priest the day before St. Joseph day. It was done, in fact, at a very special mass in Aunt FeFe and Uncle Vincie’s home in front of her alter. You cannot get much more authentic than that.
You can read my buddy Heather Atwood’s article about Felicia and St Joseph’s Traditions here-
To Felicia Mohan these sugared cranberries are something that she places along with nuts all around her holiday house. She says that they are “Where sweet meets tart, and a family favorite.”
The first thing you have to do is sort a bag of cranberries by removing any that are bruised or overripe, setting aside. Heat 2 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar to make a simple syrup. Place the cranberries in the heated syrup and place in the refrigerator overnight. The cranberries are going to become slightly soft and some may even split open.
The next day strain your cranberries and place them in a pie dish filled with superfine sugar and roll around until well covered. Remove them carefully with a wire mesh ladle so that you do not disturb them very much. The less you touch them the better they will look.
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The summer vegetables will be coming soon and this simple version of preparing zucchini is another recipe from Felicia Mohan’s home style Italian kitchen. When zucchini becomes plentiful you need many different ways to prepare it that are simple and of course tastes good.
This particular recipe is one of the ways her mother used to prepare zucchini and that is where it got its’ name. The main ingredients that give this side dish its flavor are the basil, the chicken broth and the juice of a fresh lemon. Felicia insists that the lemon juice be fresh in order to achieve the full flavor.
From The GDT:
Felicia Mohan grew up waiting for Easter so she could eat these cookies her grandmother made. After her grandmother retired in Florida and was no longer around for Easter, her Aunt assumed the responsibility and now she has herself. The secret is to use this Italian pastry dough recipe, decorate your own Easter eggs with your kids, make a simple frosting using fresh lemon, and top with brightly colored sprinkles.
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Deb Clarke just asked me how Felicia seasons her fried whiting. I answered her on Twitter but not sure if she ever got it. In any case here you can see exactly how it is done. Fried Whiting is my very favorite fish to eat. I could sit down with a pile of salted fried whiting and a couple of cold beers and have an incredible feast. The pure white flesh of the whiting is the tastiest fish ever. You eat it like corn on the cob and the meat falls away from the bone easily. In my opinion the most underutilized species we have today. It also make an incredible soup.
Here are some pictures from a couple of weeks ago at Felicia’s house-
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Referred to as "Pasta Gagoots" by many Italians from Sicily, including the family of Felicia (Ciaramitaro) Mohan, this is a layered pasta dish most often served when the cook has extra large zucchini or cuccuzza squash from the garden or elsewhere.
Pesto Terrine served with Semolina Bread
According to Julie, people get tired of seeing slices of cheddar and other cheeses laid out on a platter. This is a perfect cheese alternative for your party or entertaining to start out the New Year and you can combine all of the ingredients in several minutes. You can also make this a day or two ahead and keep in your refrigerator.
This Mediterranean style dish is also a little healthier than many other appetizers. Goat cheese, cream cheese, pesto and sun-dried tomatoes are layered into a bowl. Julie shows you a simple technique for getting it onto a plate for a perfect presentation. Perfect for 20 to 25 people if it is one of several appetizers.
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Phyllo Tartlets with Roasted Red Pepper, Pesto and Buffalo Mozzarella
Another five-minute appetizer recipe from Julie Geary of Classic Caterers. Small Phyllo tarts, roasted red peppers, small mozzarella balls (called pearls), and some pesto. All of the ingredients can be obtained in the supermarket.
This three-ingredient appetizer from Felicia Ciaramitaro Mohan travels very well and is so simple to make. Once again all of the ingredients can be obtained in the supermarket.
Simply bake thin-cut salami slices in an oven for about 10 minutes at 325 degrees F. and dry off excess grease between two pieces of paper towel. You want to get them crispy, like a potato chip. Once they are cooled and you are ready to complete them, add a dab of crème fraiche and top off with a leaf of fresh basil. (Felicia uses a disposable piping bag to add the crème fraiche but you could use a spoon.)
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Santa Lucia Day, a traditional Sicilian holiday that many celebrate, is December 13th. To Felicia (Ciaramitaro) Mohan and many other Sicilians it is remembered as a day when her grandmother invited all of the kids to her house to eat the large pan of pudding simultaneously in an “eating race.”
Catholic traditions tell the legend of how there was a great hunger in Syracuse, Sicily, and the town’s people had gathered in the cathedral on her feast day, December 13th, to pray, and two ships loaded with wheat arrived, with her at the helm of one, dressed in white, with a halo of candles on her head. This is the explanation given for the cucci, or cooked wheat which is an ingredient in all her festival ‘s foods. Cuccia, a kind of sweet porridge is made with wheat berries, chocolate, sugar and milk. Each family has their own versions of this dish.
For Felicia’s grandmother’s version, additional ingredients of cornstarch, vanilla, salt and fresh ground cinnamon are added. Felicia strongly recommends that it is worthwhile to go to a specialty spice store and find the Italian cinnamon sticks and grind them yourself.
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Thanks for the kind words H :)
I would have to add that I have a great group of contributors and GMG community that make the blog what it is. Without the people that check it out, write in to comment and give us encouragement it would just be a bunch of folks posting pictures and commenting on their own lives. It’s the GMG community of people who write in and share similar experiences, likes and dislikes that make GMG special. I’m just one part of it. Oh and I’m also a lobster dealer, not a lobsterman.
Heather Atwood Featured here in this video on GMG gives The 5th Joy blogger and former neighbor Abby Cahill O’Brien the Atwood treatment in Today’s GDT http://www.gloucestertimes.com/lifestyle/x1414114593/Sometimes-good-taste-is-laborious-and-costly-but-not-always#comment-52192261
Look at Abby all growns up!
You can check out her recipe for this tasty dish that we grew up with by going to the Gloucester Daily Times Taste of the Times Website and clicking on her show titled Arancini
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Click the picture to view Felicia’s Video At the Gloucester Times “Taste of The Times” and learn how to make these traditional Easter Bunny Cookies. The same way that Grandma used to make em!
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Click here to view a printable Easter Egg Bunny Cookie recipe