CAFFE SICILIA’S LAMBS OF EASTER

Maria Cracchiolo Lamb of Easter Pecorella di Pasqua Gloucester -3 2016 Kim SmithPecorelle di Pasqua are a traditional Sicilian Easter treat although, when Easter falls very close to Saint Joseph’s Day as it did this year, Maria shared that the Lambs of Easter are often found on Saint Joseph altars. Maria’s are so charming I am planning to purchase several to Not eat but to decorate our Easter table. They are very reasonably priced, especially considering all the work that is involved with making and how expensive is the marzapane.

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Each lamb is molded from almond dough and after drying, skillfully hand painted by Maria. I popped into Caffe Sicilia Wednesday morning to say hello and happily caught Maria just as she was beginning to paint and decorate the Easter lambs. We filmed her working with my movie camera for Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Community Film Project and here is a glimpse with iPhone photos and Instagrams.

Bare tints of color for the marzapane lambs faces and ears

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With thanks, appreciation, and the deepest gratitude to Maria Cracchiolo and her parents Nina and Domenic Damico for their continued help with Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Community Film Project. From the project’s onset, they have opened their kitchen doors and very generously shared Sicilian traditions and baking techniques. We are so very fortunate to have Maria, her family, and Caffe Sicilia in our Gloucester Community. With thanks again to Mayor Sefatia for suggesting we knock on Maria’s door!

Happy Spring! Happy Easter!

Maria assembling the Easter lambs

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VIVA SAN GIUSEPPE FROM THE GROPPO FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

With love and gratitude to the Groppo family and friends. My most heartfelt thanks to all and especially to Nina and Frank.

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BEAUTIFUL COUSINS!

Saint joseph 2016 - 54Beautiful Cousins ~ the Cousin Photo just kept growing larger and larger!

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Novena Ballerina

Madison’s grandmother Geri informs that this was Madison’s idea on how to dress for the Novena! I think it perfect, her colors coordinate beautifully with Nina and Jane’s vibrant pink and orange altar roses.Madison Groppo Novena Gloucester Feast of Saint Joseph -1 Kim SmithMadison Groppo Novena Gloucester Feast of Saint Joseph -2 Kim SmithDSCF8505Waltz of the Flowers

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A SEA OF ZEPPOLES (AND SFINCI, TOO)!

Caffe Sicilia’s sea of zeppoles, and sfinci, too!Caffe Sicilia Maria Domenic sfinci Saint Joseph. 2016 Kim SmithSfinci

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So many thanks to Maria, Nina, and Domenic for their continued help with Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Community Film Project. Caffe Sicilia Maria Domenic zeppole Saint Joseph. 2016 Kim Smith

Live Saint Joseph sfinci making with Caffe Sicilia's Nina – part one

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About ready to eat one of these amazing puffs of yumminess – Maria and Nina's sfinci at Caffe Sicilia!

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HAPPY SAINT JOSEPH’S DAY FROM THE WELCOMING HOME OF ANN MARGARET AND FRANCES FERRANTE

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BLESSING THE CHILDREN AT MARIA CANNOVA’S SAINT JOSEPH ALTAR

Blessing the children at Maria Cannova’s home.Maria Cannova Gloucester Feast of Saint Joseph blessing children -2 Kim Smith 2016

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