Saturday, March 19, 2011

St. Joseph's Day and an Award!

Today is March 19th, and for many Italian's, not only is it Father's Day, but it is also St. Joseph's Day (San Giuseppe).  On St. Joseph's Day, many different foods, especially breads and cakes are prepared.  The St. Joseph's cake, called the Zeppole, is one of the many foods that are eaten on March 19th.  (To learn more about the history of the Zeppole and St. Joseph, click here).
Since it has been a busy week, I did not have time to make my own Zeppole, but I still made sure to buy some! These doughy, custard filled, treats are absolutely mouth-watering! Although there are several Italian bakeries in and around the Boston area, my absolute favorite place to buy pastries, especially the Zeppole, is at Maria's Pastry Shop in Boston's North end.
Although the Zeppole is quite popular and tasty, be forewarned that once March 19th comes to an end, so does the production of the Zeppole. So get out there and buy some - you will not be let down!

Now, not only am I celebrating St. Joseph's Day, but I am also celebrating receiving another award! I want to send out a huge thank you to the Big Fat Baker for passing on to me the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!
As a recipient of this award, I am supposed to not only repeatedly thank Big Fat Baker for giving it to me, but I am supposed to share 7 things about myself and then pass the award on to 15 other bloggers that I have come to love!

So to start, here are 7 things you may not have known about me...

1.) I love Harry Potter.  And when I say love, I mean love! I plan on making an entire Harry Potter themed meal once part 2 of the last film is released. 

2.) Although I own a cake business, I have never taken a cake decorating class.  Everything I know was learned from family or self-taught. 

3.) I cannot stand meatloaf.  My boyfriend loves it and I hate it! For whatever reason, I got extremely sick from it when I was in second grade and have not been able to look at since. 

4.) I really want to move and live in England!

5.) I worked on a research team and wrote a research paper in neuroscience that focused on brain makeup of persons with antisocial personality disorder compared to "normal" controls. 

6.) I actually really am not that interested in neuroscience research even though that is what my paper was on! :)

7.) I really wanted to get a pet skunk a few years ago and name him Pepe (I know, real original...) 

Now, I've been reading a lot more blogs lately and in no particular order, these are the 15 that come to mind:
Sandra's Easy Cooking
Susi's Kochen
Gingerbread Bagels
An Opera Singer in the Kitchen
A Zesty Bite
That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Salvo-Lutions
Deelicious Sweets
In Katrina's Kitchen
Tracey's Culinary Adventures
Sprinkled with Flour
Eat Greek
The Deep Dish
52 Kitchen Adventures
Firefly Blog

Thanks again to Big Fat Baker! And don't forget to celebrate St. Joseph's Day with a tasty Zeppole!

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24 comments:

  1. Congrats on the well deserved award! Love the Zeppole and your inviting photo of this delicious sweet bites made me drool! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful weekend :)

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  2. A happy St. Joseph's Day to you! I love Zeppole!

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  3. Thanks a bunch!! I appreciate it. Have a wonderful day!

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  4. Oh my goodness, I'll take a dozen zeppole please!!! Congrats on the award. Thank you for giving me the award. :)

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  5. Congrats on the award and thanks so much for giving one to me! I am really honored!
    Those Zeppole look so good and delicious..I really one one right now:))
    Have a wonderful weekend and thanks again for thinking of me!:)

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  6. Thank you sooo much! WOw! I am honored! Thanks for sharing the award...I have few that need to get up but I'm waiting for my friend to help me with some changes to my blog beforehand. ANyway- did you see the butterbeer cake that was going around Twitter yesterday? I forget who posted it. ♥- Katrina

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  7. No I didn't!! If you see it again send it to me! Mmm... butterbeer... I'm wathing Harry Potter right now actually lol. All my students make fun of me but I don't care! :)

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  8. Thank you SO much, Elyse! It's such an honor to be recognized by a fellow blogger...and it's much appreciated! And now to your post...I am drooling over those fabulous zeppole...I've never had one, but I want to pluck one out of the photo. Happy weekend :)

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  9. Congrats on your award! Thanks for thinking of me when passing it on:) And for the record, I totally think you should get a skunk:)

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  10. Thanks thanks thanks! Your 'seven' things are awesome. A pet skunk? Really!? And...are you gonna post your research paper when you get finished? I'd actually be very interested in reading it...probably more interested than you are about writing it :)

    Thanks again for the award!

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  11. what a cute award!!!
    congratulations :)
    I LOOOOVE harry potter, too. and i also think moving to england would be amazing.

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  12. Parsley Sage...

    I actually already wrote it. I finished it over a year ago. It's pretty long and boring I think but if you are interested I could definitely show you a summarized version lol

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  13. Congrats on the award! I love zeppole too!

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  14. Ohhhh Zeppole!!! I nearly forgot it was St. Joseph and couldn't make any zeppole! Thanks for sharing this... just looking at that picture made me hungry!!! :-)

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  15. Oh my, those looks so scrumptious!! Congratulations on the award! How exciting :) Thanks for sending one my way too :)

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  16. Congratulations on the award! I'm happy to find your blog. I didn't know it's Fathers Day in Italy today. You have lots of delicious recipes that I can't wait to try!

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  17. Well done on the award and for sharing about the customs of St Joseph Day. Had no idea it was Fathers' Day in Italy...
    Wow. Neuroscience research? Amazing and funny to hear the next number you weren't even keen :-) It's funny how things turn out!

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  18. hello!!!

    first of all, congratulations for the award and thank you for mentioning my site eatgreek.net ! (^_^)

    first time I heard about "Zeppole" was a few weeks ago, on a cooking tv show that we have here in Greece, and one of the competitors was an Italian girl that cooked "Zeppole" for dessert!
    and my opinion is that Zeppole looks delicious!!!!!!!!!! :-)

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  19. Aww Thank You so very much, Elyse!!! So sweet. I for some reason am unable to reply to comments on my posts lately. Trying to get that worked out! thank You again!!! xo

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  20. Wow, I'd never heard of Zeppole, then twice in one week! They were showcased on a great TV Show, My Kitchen Rules, here in Australia, prepared by 2 fun Western Australian Italian's - see their recipe for the Italian donuts here: http://au.tv.yahoo.com/my-kitchen-rules/recipes/article/-/9009497/italian-doughnuts-with-chocolate-sauce/

    And now I read about the yummy looking pastries again. Also, just got myself a deep frier, so this must be a 3 way sign that I have to try them myself!

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  21. Thank you so much for the award! You're so sweet!

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  22. Congrats on the award! And the Zeppole look divine
    (grazie San Giusseppe!) even if they're store bought. Adam went to college in Boston and remembers some of the most delicious pastries from the bakeries there not to mention his years in Italy. Wish you could send us some.. no good bakeries around here, sad to say.

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  23. Congrats on the award ! You totally deserve it :) The post has some interesting piece of information!

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  24. Congratulations on your award and thank you so much for passing on the award to me! I feel honored to be recognized by a fellow blogger, it truly means a lot :o)
    Those Zeppole look amazing. I would have loved to eat one of those on St. Joseph's Day!

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