Bah Bah Rum – Original Italian Recipe

Baba Baba Rum Original Italian Recipe * A rum baba or baba au rhum (Bah Bah Rum) is a small yeast cake saturated in syrup made with hard liquor, usually rum, and sometimes filled with whipped cream or pastry cream. It is most typically made in individual servings (about a two-inch-tall, slightly tapered cylinder) but sometimes […]

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Frank Granieri – Adorable Sofia Growin’ Up Italian

Adorable Sofia in Positano Frank Granieri Frank’s Thought – Growin’ Up Italian * On a trip to the Amalfi Coast some years ago we spent a lot of time in Positano. In fact we rented a small villa there for about a week and had a wonderful time. During that period we were taken by […]

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Balcony Magic in Positano – Frank Granieri – Growin’ Up Italian

Balcony Magic in Positano Frank Granieri Frank’s Thought Growin’ Up Italian * Positano on the Amalfi Coast in southern Italy… Very Simply One of the most Beautiful Places on Earth.  We were there with a few of our adult children and our first Grandchild Sofia. At the time she was 4 months old. This story […]

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Setting the Clocks Fifteen Minutes Ahead – Too Funny

Fifteen Minutes Ahead Did you set your clocks ahead in your house? * In our house we were always late. It was just a thing that we never got over. In fact my Dad used to turn the clocks ahead by 15 minutes so we wouldn’t be late and yet……….. we were always late. Too […]

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Cent’ Anni – I Hope you live a Hundred Years

Cent’ Anni * What is the secret to a long life…? Is it good living…? An excellent Gene Pool…? Or the luck of the draw….?  Funny how so many people from “the other side” lived long and productive lives without prescription medication. My uncles that lived into their 90’s danced with their wives, played golf […]

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“Let’s Have Coffee” – Remembering our Great-Grandparents at Christmas

“Let’s Have Coffee” December 23rd Remembering our Great Grandparents at Christmas * While enjoying an Almond Baguette and a Ricotta Pie Frank, two days before Christmas encourages us to remember our  Great Grandparents  Frank talks about those forgotten people from our past that even though we may not have actually known them… we still love […]

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Frank’s Thought Growin’ Up Italian Zeppole – A Delicious Tradition

Zeppole A Delicious Tradition * Ever since I can remember I have had a love affair with Zeppole. My Grandmother used to make them for us especially over the Christmas holidays. Fresh and sprinkled with confectioner sugar OMG… They are unbelievably delicious. The only problem is that you can’t stop eating them.  If you want […]

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Remembering Anisette – “Visiting” during the Christmas Holidays

Anisette “Visiting” during the Christmas Holidays * When I was growing up in a huge Italian family we always visited our cousins during the holidays. Unlike today for some unknown reason somehow we always had time to visit family. My dad would put us in the car and he would drive from the outskirts of […]

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The Muppets – Twelve Days of Christmas – Classic Version

The Muppets Twelve Days of Christmas Classic Version * This is the classic version of the Muppets singing the Twelve Days of Christmas… Just cracks me up.  This is just what the doctor ordered when you need an  uplift. Just can’t help but smile. Isn’t it something that something as simple as a bunch of puppets […]

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Da’ Backhousa’ – “Priceless” word from back in the day?

Da’ Backousa’ I’ll bet anyone of Italian ancestry whose family moved to an english speaking country back in the day remembers this word. Backhousa’ My grandparents on my Dad’s side had 11 children during the early part of the last century. My Grandfather built their home in Willow Grove Pennsylvania. It was a typical Italian […]

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