|My son, Paul with Mouse costume I made|
In Italy, the popularity of Halloween has grown immensely over the years. While Halloween falls on October 31, All Saint’s Eve is becoming a popular day for costume parties and events. On All Saint’s Day (November 1st) Catholics attend church services in honor of the saints and the martyrs who have died for the Catholic faith. On All Souls Day, (which is the following day November 2nd) Catholics attend mass and they remember those family members that have died. Candles are lit and prayers are said to honor their memory.
Back in the states, did you know that since 1995, trick or treating in the town of Sandusky, Ohio, has been against the law for anyone older than 14? Did you know that it is very rare for a full moon to occur at the same time as Halloween? It has only occurred in-1925, 1944, 1955, and 1974. The next time it is said to occur is October 31, 2020.
The first Jack O’ Lanterns were actually made from turnips. 50% of kids prefer to receive chocolate candy for Halloween. The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl's call meant someone was about to die. Black and orange are typically associated with Halloween. Orange is a symbol of strength and black is typically a symbol of death and darkness and acts as a reminder that Halloween once was a festival that marked the boundaries between life and death. Black Cats are also known as “familiars" or "animal guides" and were supernatural entities believed to assist witches in their practice of magic. Harry Houdini (1874-1926) was one of the most famous and mysterious magicians who ever lived. Strangely enough, he died in 1926 on Halloween night as a result of appendicitis brought on by three stomach punches. Both Salem, Massachusetts, and Anoka, Minnesota, are the self-proclaimed Halloween capitals of the world. The Village Halloween parade in New York City is the largest Halloween parade in the United States. The parade includes 50,000 participants and draws over 2 million spectators. Scottish girls believed that according to ancient superstitions, if you stare into a mirror at midnight on “All-Hallows Eve” or “Halloween” you’ll see your future spouse.
Today’s recipes are my tribute to Halloween and to all Italian food lovers. The first one is a favorite of mine and a great way to appreciate leftover pasta if you have it on hand. My mom would make this and I loved it, especially the spaghetti, it gets crunchy and for this spooky night it looks like worms! Enjoy!!!
“Frittata di pasta”
1/2 cup milk
a sprig of fresh parsley
1 cup of grated Pecorino Romano
4 cups of spaghetti cooked al dente
4 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Cook the pasta in plenty of lightly salted boiling water. (or if you have left over spaghetti, that will work) Meanwhile, beat the eggs in a bowl with the salt, pepper, chopped parsley and grated cheese, then add to the eggs, mix well together and add the milk. Drain the pasta and transfer it into a pan in which you have poured the oil. Sauté the pasta on high heat and when it is crisp and lightly browned, add the egg mixture. Distribute it well and cook the omelet pasta over low heat with the lid. Turn it and do the same on the other side. Serve immediately and enjoy!
The second recipe is a little more “spooky” for this hair-raising night! Dare to try this creepy, crawly, concoction. Let your family or guests pick their poison with a “Black Widow”cocktail. You can turn up the “Fright Factor” by placing some plastic spiders around your drinks.
Ingredients: makes 2 glasses
1 ounce of Anisette
1 ounce of Blackberry Brandy
1 1/2 ounces of Vodka
1 splash of Crème De Cassis-(sweet, dark red liqueur made from blackcurrants)
Mix all of the above together. Add black sugar sprinkles around the rim of the glass. Add a few black licorice strips slung over the sides of each glass to create “Spider Legs“ to really creep out your guests. Have a safe Halloween, remember drink responsibly.
*** Don’t forget to change your clocks back this weekend. We all gain an extra hour of sleep!
Till Next Time…….
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