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“Growing Up Italian American” ……. In Our Own Words

“Growing Up Italian American” in Our Own Words * Growing Up Italian in our Own Words  By the close of the 20th century, Italian Americans had achieved education, employment and income parity with Americans in general. They had excelled in all fields of endeavor, and had made substantial contributions in virtually all areas of American […]

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Frank Sinatra – London 1962 – LIVE “You Make Me Feel So Young” 

Frank Sinatra   “You Make Me Feel So Young” LIVE in London 1962 * This is a LIVE video of Frank back in 1962, performing at the Royal Festival Hall in London. 1962 seems like such a long time ago and yet in another way it was just yesterday.    At that time Frank was at […]

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Italian Blue Zone – The Secret to Living Longer – TED TALK Fascinating

The Secret to Living Longer Italian Blue Zone Fascinating *     Susan Pinker is a psychologist, author and social science columnist for The Wall Street Journal. In this TED talk, she suggests after spending a lot of time in the Sardinian Blue Zone, that the key to living a long life is to nurture […]

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Lady Blue Eyes – Barbara Sinatra 

Lady Blue Eyes Barbara Sinatra  * Barbara Marx Sinatra was an American model, showgirl, socialite, philanthropist, and the fourth wife of Frank Sinatra.   * On March 10, 1927, she was born Barbara Ann Blakeley in Bosworth, Missouri,  the elder of two daughters. Her parents were Charles Willis Blakeley and Irene Prunty . At age 10, she moved with her parents […]

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Making Mozzarella & Burrata in Italy

Making Mozzarella & Burrata in Italy *   Mozzarella di bufala is traditionally produced solely from the milk of the Italian Mediterranean buffalo. A whey starter is added from the previous batch that contains thermophilic bacteria, and the milk is left to ripen so the bacteria can multiply. Then, rennet is added to coagulate the milk. After coagulation, […]

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Opening a wheel of Parmesan Cheese (Parmigiano Reggiano)

Opening a wheel of Parmesan Cheese (Parmigiano Reggiano) * Parmigiano-Reggiano is made from unpasteurized cow‘s milk. The whole milk of the morning milking is mixed with the naturally skimmed milk  of the previous evening’s milking, resulting in a part skim mixture. This mixture is pumped into copper-lined vats. Copper-lined vats for the production of Parmigiano-Reggiano Starter whey  is added, […]

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Parmesan Cheese (Parmigiano Reggiano) Why is it so Expensive ?

Parmesan Cheese (Parmegiano Reggiano) Why is it so Expensive? * Parmigiano-Reggiano (Parmesan Cheese) is an Italian hard, granular cheese. The name “Parmesan” is often used generically for the same cheese made outside the traditional areas of production in Italy, although this is prohibited in trading in the European Economic Area under European law. Parmigiano-Reggiano It is named after the producing areas […]

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Sicilian Seafood Market – Ancient and Very Interesting

Sicilian Seafood Market Ancient and Very Interesting * The best way to understand the importance of seafood on the Sicilian table is to visit the fish market in Catania, which is as old as the ancient city itself.   I watched The Sicilian Fish Market come to life one morning as workers unloaded their catches […]

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Frank Sinatra “The Way You Look Tonight” – 51 Million Views

Frank Sinatra “The Way You Look Tonight” 1964 * Frank’s version of Just the Way You Look Tonight was viewed over 51 Million Views. Unbelievable!     Some day, when I’m awfully low, When the world is cold, I will feel a glow just thinking of you And the way you look tonight. Yes you’re […]

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Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin – RARE backstage footage – Sweden 1960

Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin RARE backstage footage  Sweden 1960 * Some More Frank Sinatra History Frank Sinatra’s father, Antonino – a small, blue-eyed, ruddy-complexioned man – was from Lercara Friddi, near Palermo, Sicily. His parents had originally been vineyard cultivators. He arrived at Ellis Island with his mother and sisters in 1903, when they joined his father, Francesco Sinatra, who had immigrated to […]

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