Lastly in my thanks for the Saint Joseph film project assistance goes to the beautiful Ciaramitaro-Mohan Family. Felicia and I have been working on this project together since its inception and I can only say that she is the most talented, sweetest, funnest (and funniest), smartest, and best organized friend and partner in a project that anyone could ever hope for.
Her home is always filled to the brim with family and friends, light, laughter, and love. To Felicia, Barry, Pat, Amanda, BJ, Joey, all Ciaramitaro cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and best friends, thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your beautiful Saint Joseph novena and feast. I hope you will find as much joy in, as I have found in the making of, the Feast of Saint Joseph film. xo
Amanda and Felicia
Many, many thanks and our deepest appreciation to the Frank and Nina Groppo Family for agreeing to be interviewed and for allowing us to film their beautiful St. Joseph celebrations. While interviewing and during the feast, their wonderful home was overflowing with family and friends, joy and grace. Thank you Groppo Family and Friends!
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this – we appreciate yours and everyone’s devotion and faith to Saint Joseph.
We hope to continue with this devotion and tradition for as long as Saint Joseph and the good Lord give us the strength to do it and send us the help to do it – not just for us but for all that join in this beautiful tradition of faith, whether for just one day or for the full Novena!!
Left to right front row: Eleonora D’Angelo, Angela Sanfilippo, Agata Groppo, Fina Briguglio, and Maria Sanfilippo.
and Nina “Crocetta” Groppo sitting on Agata’s lap.
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Many, many thanks to the Carl and Marie Silva Family for sharing their story about the origins of their altar, family traditions and celebrations for the St. Joseph Film Project. As are all the altars, Marie’s is beautiful, and I especially love the added touch of the vine covered trellis.
Back row left to right ~ Lily, Linda, Carl, Marie, Jennifer, and Eric; front row Sylvia and Luke. Click image to view larger.
Niño, Oldest Son Pietro, and Maria Cannova with their beautiful altar.
After giving the interview for the St. Joseph film project, Niño gave Felicia the lovely poster of St. Joseph for her altar. He also gave both Felicia and I each a salted and seasoned salmon. Niño travels to Alaska to work on salmon fishing boats. He suggested serving the salmon with fresh lemon, and I did, and it was delicious!! Thank you Canovva Family for your beautiful gifts and warm hospitality.
Niño’s Gift of Salmon
Kathleen and John Scola share their beautiful family altar with the St. Joseph film project.
Kathleen showing an old newspaper clipping about St. Joseph bread and pasta, featuring her father, nicknamed Vito the Baker, because of his exceptional bakery and bread store, which was located in the building where Valentinos is located.
My dear friend Felicia is opening her heart and home to all who are interested in experiencing a traditional Sicilian dinner and in learning the culinary secrets of Sicilian-American home cooking.
The first class is Wednesday, September 12th at 6:30. Sister Felicia will cook while guiding you through each recipe of the multiple course sit-down dinner. Help with food preparations will be welcome and are integral to the experience. Genuine and elegant family favorite recipes made from the freshest local seafood and regional ingredients may include homemade pasta, homemade sausage, braciola, arancini rice balls, Sunday zuggo, chicken and beef spiedini, and much, much more. Requests are welcome.
Join Felcia and her family in what promises to be a joyous evening full of delectable flavors straight from the heart of a woman who cooks with love and pure passion for the elegant dishes of her Sicilian heritage.
For reservations and more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fried Whiting (Merluzzi) Felicia prepares fresh fried merluzzi for her traditional St. Joseph’s feast. The fish is simply out of this world–melt-in-your-mouth sweetness.