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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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Braiding Palms for Palm Sunday

Braiding Palms for Palm Sunday Video Below *   It is customary in many churches for worshippers to receive fresh palm leaves on Palm Sunday. In parts of the world where this has historically been impractical, substitute traditions have arisen.   In Italy, palm leaves are used along with small olive branches, readily available in the […]

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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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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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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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116 Year Old Woman Reveals Her Secret for a Long Life

116 Year Old Woman Reveals Her Secret for a Long Life * The next time you eat a piece of chocolate, you may not have to feel so guilty about it. Despite its bad reputation for causing weight gain, a number of health benefits may be associated with this delicious treat. Chocolate is made from […]

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FASCINATING – Italian / South American Migration

 Italian – South American Migration FASCINATING * Many of us have Italian relatives in Argentina. Argentina was the preferred destination in the 1870s and 1880s, then equally favored with Brazil until the close of the century, when the U.S. became the favored destination until after World War I, when Argentina resumed the crown.   As […]

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Wierd Things Italians Do

Wierd Things Italians Do * There really isn’t much to say about the weird things Italians do. (Weird to Americans not weird to Italians.) You just have to watch the video and see. It’s pretty interesting actually.        Not to get into it too far but I have to say the thing about […]

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The “True” Italian American Documentary – Part One – “Dispelling the Myth”

The “True” Italian American Documentary  Part One  “Dispelling the Myth”    * The culture the Italian immigrants brought with them was generally not the high Italian culture of Dante and Michelangelo, but the culture of the region or village from which they came. These individual but related cultures established the basis of contemporary Italian American culture.   A University of […]

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Little Italian Girl asking for a Pepsi – Adorable – Never gets old

Little Italian Girl asking for a Pepsi Adorable Never gets old – Capisci…? * Remember this cute commercial? The little Italian Girl along with her grandfather go to a restaurant and asks for a Pepsi. The guy behind the bar gives her a Coke instead. Next thing you know the voice of Don Corleone comes […]

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