December 22, 2014

Abruzzese Christmas in New York

Cabbage and fried dried peppers (Photo courtesy of #abruzzolink)
Reprinted from #abruzzolink
By Maria Fosco
I was fortunate as a child to experience many old world traditions from Abruzzo. My family arrived later to the United States than most Italian Americans. My father came here in 1956 and my mother followed him in 1958. My sisters and I were born in New York. However, our home was a step back into time, a time of simplicity and of old world Abruzzo. For one thing, my father built a fireplace in the kitchen which was really unheard of in modern homes in the US, let alone the City of New York. We had a large farmhouse kitchen reminiscent of “le masserie” in Italy. Continue reading