Thursday, March 18, 2010

i is for italian pastries

listen
i know yesterday was a big day
for the irish
and the color green
and corned beef and cabbage
and shamrock shakes
but hear me and hear me now
tomorrow
is the day 
everyone should cheer
pull out your italian flag
fire up the stove 
pull out all your big pots
open a bottle of wine
yell 
prego, prego
at the top of your lungs
and you will be ready
for
st. joseph's day
or
as it is called in our house
the feast
of
san giussep
and here is the best part
not only is there amazing food
at the St. Joseph Table
there are desserts
amazing
delicious
desserts
the best being
zeppole
which we only eat
this time of year
and the other best
are
cannolli
which i eat 
all too often

and another best is
pasta chote
which is not how they are spelled
but
how it sounds
in a
 complete and total dialect
i think may actually be
pasta croce
but i don't know
because this is what we call it
and when i say we
i mean everyone i have ever known
who has ordered, made, or eaten
pasta chote

and today
as my offering to you
and your st. joseph's table
i pass to you
the secret
to fabulous italian pastries

find a really good
italian bakery
and spend your time
making friends



33 comments:

  1. Lovely poem about Italian pastries. With pastries like that, how can you go wrong? I love your poem, you write so well.

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  2. Why do I always leave her feeling hungry LOL. Good desserts.

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  3. oooh, these all look sooooo good :D

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  4. Very nice! I agree, find a good bakery! haha
    I'm intrigued by this "pasta chote" you speak of - is that what's in the picture next to the cannoli? Looks delicious!

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  5. I want to dive into those pictures!!! I love Italian pastries...and Italian wedding cake....LOVE IT!

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  6. Someone else did their post on Italy and wrote about the St. Joseph's altar. I was telling her that we lived in Sicily when my husband was in the Navy. I didn't know about the St. Joseph's altar or table, but I do remember the parade. I believe I have some slides. And thank you for passing along the secret! Ciao.

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  7. Your desserts look yummy!! Warm hugs, Esther

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  8. Oh my. I haven't heard of this holiday...being German and all...but it sounds lovely.

    And those cakes look amazing...especially the zeppole.

    I am all about cream on top of baked or fried sweets.

    Lovely, lovely post!

    A+

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  9. Oh my, does this bring back memories. As a young bride in South Philadelphia, I discovered the joys of the neighborhood Italian bakery. When we go back to visit DH's family, that is the first place I stop! Kathy

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  10. OH yum yum yum!!! I have never had zepole before, but I love cannoli. My husband's grandmother made cannoli by rolling the dough around a broom handle. :-)

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  11. I have never tried zopole, but i have had some pretty yummy cannoli!

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  12. I remember pastries of my childhood called "paste cotte" (cooked pastries) but I searched online and could not find them.
    However they are from north Italy.

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  13. Mmmm...cannoli...

    Stopping by from SITS!

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  14. Lets start out saying how glad I am you came by to visit me...NOW...where are you in Pasadena??? We lived in Pasadena for 15 years.by the hospital on Bellefontaine. We want to move back (from Oregon)this summer, but we are finding it difficult to get someone to hire us because we dont have a"California" drivers license.lol. Here is my email, I'd love to hear from you. laurie_may101@yahoo.com

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  15. We got our books and I wanted to say thanks.. We love them.. Thanks for your kind words yesterday.. I do love what I learned from your post today. Thanks.. Have a great weekend..

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  16. oh my gosh, I am not Italian or catholic, but I could be for some of those yummy pastries.......mmmmmm!

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  17. The desserts look wonderful, I would love to try them all.
    Thanks for visiting Normandy, it was great to see you!
    ~Maggie~

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  18. oh great!!! I just gained 4 pounds looking at all that yumminess!!

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  19. Those pastries look really good, although being GF I cannot partake...nice post and thanks for the visit with my Insects

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  20. Mmm, so where can I find an Italian bakery in England...? Those look so good! Maybe I need to go to Italy :D

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  21. I will take an Italian pastry any day!~ Half Irish half Italian, I have to say I enjoy Italian food much more:) Have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by my ice cream post.

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  22. Fun post Christy! I love Italian pastries--there is a special one we eat here in Brooklyn for St. Joseph's Day called "sfingi" --- yummy!


    I missed the alphabe go round this week ...hope I can join this week coming up.

    PS I received the children's books! Thanks so much! I'm saving them for my grandson when he gets a little older as he rips paper books and reads mostly board books right now.

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  23. Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest
    yum!

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  24. What a clever way to share about St. Joseph's Day, pastries, and pasta. The food looks amazing and you make the celebration sound so fun. Wish I could find one of those Italian bakeries.

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  25. GOODNESS! I just read your "I" blog and nearly fell out of my chair! Go over to my blog and read my "I" contribution for this week...I can't believe that we thought of the same thing.
    Loretta

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  26. Holy Wow. Now I am SO hungry for a cannoli! They look out of this world amazing. Fabulous post! Happy Italian day to you!

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  27. Oh my goodness, I just gained ten pounds! Just by reading this post. Yum!

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  28. I tired to make my own zeppole http://angelpeach838.wordpress.com/2010/02/15/giadas-zeppole/

    They were UUUUUUGLY! :) Nothing like the beautiful ones up there on your post :)

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  29. Oh my gosh I love this!! Hope you enjoyed your Italian pastries!

    Stopping by from SITS

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  30. Yum. Is it too late to celebrate this day. Can you make me some Italian pastries?

    Stopping by from SITS.

    LIsaDay

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  31. A friend of mine in Sons of Italy Roma Lodge makes them - called Pastieciotti

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