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Zeppole

Zeppole Frank’s Thoughts on Growin’ Up Italian Two Zeppole recipes included below * The word does something to me. I have such wonderful memories of Zeppole.    Both grandmothers would make them for special occasions.  OMG, they are addictive.  You only need a few ingredients to make a beautiful batch. Flour, baking powder, salt, ricotta […]

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Zeppole – Laura Vitale recipe

Zeppole  Laura Vitale recipe * Zeppole are my favorite traditional Italian pastry. I guess you would call it a pastry but all I know is a hot Zeppola with powdered sugar on top and a coffee…. WOW. My grandmother used to make these whenever we asked for them. Simple, especially when they are just randomly […]

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Pasta Fazool

p Pasta Fazool Frank’s Thought Growin’ Up Italian * Recipes and Video’s below Pasta Fazool – Pasta Fagioli meaning “pasta and beans” is a traditional Italian dish. The proper name in grammatical Italian is Pasta Fagioli   Recipes for pasta fazool – Pasta Fagioli vary. The only true requirement is that beans and pasta are included. […]

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The Sandwich – What is your favorite Sandwich?

The Sandwich What is your favorite Sandwich? *   Sandwiches  Among Italian immigrants speaking broken English often called them “Sangwiches”.  Sandwiches have been a major part of our lives and we each have one that we love more than others. Check into the video featuring Frank’s Thoughts about Growin’ Up Italian and then click on […]

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Scopa – with Explanation & Instructions

Scopa Frank’s Thought Growin’ Up Italian     Scopa – (means  “broom”) is an Italian card game. Many of us used to play it with our Grandparents as we were Growin’ Up Italian. One of the two major national card games in Italy it is also popular in Argentina and Brazil. The game was brought […]

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The Wooden Spoon – Frank’s Thought “Growin’ Up Italian”

The Wooden Spoon  Frank’s Thought “Growin’ Up Italian”   * The Wooden Spoon       BELOW: Watch this episode of Frank’s Thought about “Growin’ Up Italian” featuring The Wooden Spoon    Is there anything more iconic in Italian families than the wooden spoon? We have some that are probably a hundred years old. They […]

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Brioschi – Frank’s Thought on Growin’ Up Italian

Brioschi Frank’s Thought “Growin’ Up Italian” * Do you remember Brioschi? Back in the day every Italian household had this product in the medicine cabinet. It was a very popular Lemon flavored Effervescent or antacid. Kids used to put this in their mouth and add water to scare their parents. Once the chips activated it would […]

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Pepper & Egg Sandwich – Written Recipe & Video

Pepper & Egg Sandwich Written Recipe & Video Frank’s Thoughts on Growin’ Up Italian * I’ve had a loving relationship with the Pepper & Egg sandwich all my life. When my uncle took us fishing as kids this was the sandwich he made for the trip.  Pepper & Egg Sandwich.     Video and Written […]

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Do you remember the “Backahousa” (Outhouse) ?

Do you remember the “Backahousa”  (Outhouse) ? * Do you remember The Outhouse? Everyone had an Outhouse back in the day. It was the outdoor toilet that the old people used to refer to as the “Backahousa” in Broken English? So when adult children returned to visit their parents homeland they actually thought that the slang […]

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Do you remember the Outhouse?

Do you remember the Outhouse? * Do you remember The Outhouse? Everyone had an Outhouse back in the day. It was the outdoor toilet that the old people used to refer to as the “Backahousa” in Broken English? So when adult children returned to visit their parents homeland they actually thought that the slang word for […]

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