Thank Goodness For Fava

In the 10th century, a drought caused a severe famine in Southern Italy. The crop that sustained Sicily’s citizens during the famine was fava beans, like those pictured (Fresh, green on the left, Dried, brown on the right). Devotees of Saint Joseph prayed to him to bring rain, and in return, they promised to hold…

Beloved Sfinci di San Giuseppe

Probably the most famous food associated with Saint Joseph’s Day, which is March 19, are Sfinci di San Giuseppe. I photographed these in Sicily–not an easy item to find if they aren’t “in season.” Sfinci are fried cream puffs, served hot with a dusting of cinnamon, confectioner’s sugar, and honey, or cold and open-faced with…

Prayer In Progress

Working the dough! Be part of our community celebration! CELEBRATE ST. JOSEPH’S DAY Sunday, March 18, 2 p.m. Where: Cacio e Vino, 80 2nd Avenue, New York City Reserve your spot and more details at https://experiencesicily.com/saint-josephs-day-in-new-york-city/.

Thanking Saint Joseph

CREATE RITUAL LOAVES IN HONOR OF ST. JOSEPH; Sunday, March 11, 11 a.m. at Archestratus Books & Food, Brooklyn; Reserve your spot and more details at https://experiencesicily.com/saint-josephs-day-in-new-york-city/. Why I Celebrate Saint Joseph’s Day Two years ago January, our New York City rent was raised 12%. It was a shock. My husband and I immediately began…

Bread Making For Thanksgiving

Let’s make bread together! In Sicily for Saint Joseph’s Day, or la Festa di San Giuseppe, as an act of prayer and thanksgiving, devotees to the patron saint of fathers, carpenters, and those who toil for work, spend days preparing beautifully crafted loaves for their March 19 feast day altars. Are you seeking protection or…