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“I like your opera – I think I will set it to music” ― Ludwig van Beethoven

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. My grandmother (nonna) Maria loved  Italian opera..she loved to sing….  Whenever I see or listen to one of the great Italian Classic operas  they bring me back to some of my most spectacular food memories because of her singing after our Holiday meals.. My grandmother even sang with a young Mario Lanza in a local church produced opera in South Philadelphia. But being that nonna loved opera… when I look back on memories of her dinners,  what comes to mind is the drama of her preparation to the presentation..always almost the same thrill as witnessing an opera-from the overture to the final act.. One of her grandest ‘operas’ was Thanksgiving dinner. It had many acts..from the grand opening act of a table full of appetizers roasted peppers (2)   to the first course which was almost always her scrumptious lasagna made from freshly made pasta dough lasagna with porcini mushrooms and truffles (3) ..then the turkey arrived as the second course and everything else arrived separately as its’ own course..the roasted potatoes with fresh rosemary,   veggies 2 (2) the spinach sauteed in garlic and olive oil, then the salad (salad is typically served last in Italian households and in Italy).Then the fresh cheeses and dried meats.  Plates of fresh fruits and nuts..then fresh fruit macedonia (A type of fruit salad-made with fresh fruits in season or fruits she had preserved from the summer)..then the desserts taking stage one after the other..Every course being so special and made with such care that you had to focus on one course at a time..just like at the opera..one act at a time… And nonna was always the ‘diva’ of the opera from it’s preparation to the presentation and the final act…   anginetti cookies (3) tiramisu_1 (3) And I can’t forget about the audience..an audience of 35 or more-family and friends gathered around as many tables as one can fit in a kitchen..old and young and in between all ‘oohed’ and ‘aahed’ at the arrival of another course..just like the beginning of the acts of an opera… And upon the arrival of an act or course the audience became quiet… anxious to savor what was before them..  The tastes were as pleasing to the palate as the sounds of  a great tenor like Pavarotti and Caruso or Mario Lanza or soprano Maria Callas..you don’t want to miss a minute of a memorable performance… The Opera… and the Final Act And after dinner and all the plates had been cleared away, the memorable final act was nonna serenading us with one of her opera classics..and then when nonna took a break nonno (my grandfather) would do his part by singing  one of the  Italian  love songs he serenaded her with when they first met…Oh what a beautiful opera and unfortunately one that I can never experience again. So I am thankful this Thanksgiving  for not just  the food on the table… but thankful  for being given that gift of   all those special memories that I can look back on. The Thanksgiving Opera… If you also have some special Thanksgiving memories..please share with us here…. Memories are special gifts to be shared….to be thankful for! **GIVEAWAY CONTEST_ Thanks to giftswithacause.org we are giving away a CINNAMON BOX FROM VIETNAM to my readers. Enter by LIKING any Blog post that has Cinnamon in it, the more LIKES ,the more times you will be entered. Deadline is December 15th…so let the cinnamon likes begin! Cinnamon Box from Vietnam (2)   For more memories and recipes get your copy of  bestselling book The Basic Art of Italian Cooking by Maria Liberati at http://www.marialiberati.com rsz_cover   See You at

Saturday, December 7th, 10 AM to 3 PM, The Longview Farm Market Holiday Open House, 3215 Stump Hall Road, Collegeville, PA 19426

Cooking demo & book signing

The Longview Farm Market (610) 584-8202 http://www.longviewfarmmarket.org/

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