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Shut Up and Mangia!, Issue #033= Festa San Giuseppe
March 13, 2010

"Shut Up and Mangia!"

“Saint Joseph was a just man, a tireless worker, the upright guardian of those entrusted to his care. May he always guard, protect and enlighten families“.
~ Pope John Paul II

Benvenuti Amici

Festa San Giuseppe

Welcome to the 33rd issue of "Shut Up and Mangia!". This special St. Joseph’s day issue will focus on food, family and tradition.

On March 19th we celebrate St. Joseph with a lavish feast. Tavola di San Giuseppe or The St. Joseph’s Table is originally a Sicilian tradition which is now celebrated throughout Italy and in Italian-American neighborhoods all over the United States and Canada.

Allegedly this tradition began centuries ago in Sicily during a famine which was caused by drought. During this time no rain fell, the crops did not grow and many people starved. The villagers prayed to St, Joseph to intercede with God to help end this terrible famine. They promised if rain would fall they would prepare a feast in honor of God and St. Joseph.

This year we will be celebrating St. Joseph Day at a friend's house so I will be preparing a few traditional must have St. Joseph’s Day dishes for the occasion. Below you will find the complete menu of a few things I'll be cooking that day. Enjoy!

Site News

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We are happy to announce that our new "Mangia Italiano 2010 Recipe Contest" has begun. Just send us your favorite Italian recipe for a chance to win some great prizes. See below for more details.

"Mangia Italiano Spring 2010
Recipe Contest"

Great Chicago Italian Recipes is proud to present our second Italian recipe contest. Enter your favorite Italian recipe and win any one of these great prizes:

  • 1st place - $100.00 gift certificate
  • 2nd place - wins a “Great Chicago Italian Recipes” Sweatshirt
  • 3rd place - Wins a “Great Chicago Italian Recipes” Cooking Apron
  • 4th place - Wins a “Great Chicago Italian Recipes” Tote Bag
  • 5th place - Wins a “Great Chicago Italian Recipes” Coffee Mug

    To enter just fill out the Recipe Contest Form.
    Please read our Official Rules before you begin.

    Good Luck!

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    Great St. Joseph’s Day Article

    Here is a great article on setting up a St. Josephs Table at In

    St. Joseph's Day Recipes

    Here is a list of the featured recipes for your table:

    St. Joseph’s Bread,
    Stuffed Artichokes,
    Baccala Alla Siciliana,
    Penne Milanese,
    Sicilian Cauliflower with Bucatini Pasta,
    St. Joseph‘s Cream Puffs.

    Just click here for a complete menu. Mangia Italiano!

    Great Recipe Book

    If you are looking for new exciting recipes you can always check out my new ebook Mia Cucina Pazzo.

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    Final Thoughts

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    Have a great St. Joseph’s Day!

    Mangia Italiano!

    Take Care,

    Phillip J. Speciale

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