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Meet Patti!

I was born Patrizia Moscovio in Naples Italy. My family came to America when I was 5 years old and settled in Boston. Patrizia soon became Patti – “because you are an American Girl now” I was told. I loved being an American Girl! My parents quickly grew to love this country and everything it stood for. After moving to California and meeting my wonderful husband I became Patti Carter. I have always cherished our Italian roots and culture for what it represents. To me it is defined very simply as a love of family, faith in God, and a zest for living each day to the fullest. Above all else, my parents taught me to be hospitable, share what you have, make everyone feel welcome, feed people, laugh as much and as often as possible and, don’t take yourself too seriously. This blog is dedicated to them as my “thank you” and my way of chronicling and preserving some memories for the next generation. After all, If you don’t know where you came from, how can you know where you are going??

November 14, 2016

Our current home came with a variety of fruit trees including Fuyu Persimmons which are delicious and look like small shiny orange pumpkins. Aside from just eating t...

November 6, 2016

This soup is pure comfort food!  It is very satisfying just as it is, served with some crusty bread for dipping. If you want it to be even heartier, you can brown so...

September 22, 2016

I realized yesterday while chatting with a friend that my very first Blog post way back a whole 5 years ago had to do with a new home improvement project. Well here...

August 27, 2016

When it comes to wine and the wine country, I’m all in. I love to drink it, I love to learn about it, drive through it and just soak it all in. The scenery that is…...

July 4, 2016

May 1965, Dawn, New York Harbor 

I was sound asleep in our stateroom when my mother shook me awake.  Groggy and a bit cranky I noticed it was still dark outside throu...

June 26, 2016

Genoa to New York May 1965

We had been sailing for a few days already and the seas were fairly smooth.  My father was quite proud of the fact that his famil...

June 19, 2016

Port of Naples, Italy May 1965

The big day had arrived.  We boarded the S.S. Constitution that day along with a contingent of assorted uncles, aunts, cousins and fri...

June 19, 2016

Even those who hate tuna love this salad. The key is to use Italian tuna packed in olive oil.  It is so much more meaty and flavorful than the others.  This salad is...

June 19, 2016

I love the earthiness of this dish. It is pure comfort food. Of course you can use any pasta shape that you like but either store bought or homemade pappardelle real...

June 19, 2016

This is a very simple recipe but one that my family requests all the time, especially around Christmas.  Coarse fresh breadcrumbs are the key and very simple to make...

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