Enter To Win A Deruta Ceramic Platter For The Holidays!

One of the perks of living six months a year in Umbria is that Deruta, the city of ceramics, is just a few miles down the road from us, and we own a LOT of Deruta ceramics. When Rupert of DerutaImports.com contacted me and offered this gorgeous Deruta ceramic platter as a prize for a contest giveaway I was thrilled to accept. This platter would be a great addition to your holiday table, or a special holiday gift for a talented cook in your family.

Maiolica, is the name given to the style of glazed, decorated pottery that is still is produced in many Italian towns, including Faenza, Orvieto, Castelli, and Sicily’s Caltagirone. But true maiolica devotees ultimately seek out Deruta, where 250 factories still produce the colorful ceramic wares shipped worldwide. I honestly haven’t counted the number of pieces of Italian ceramics we now own, both in Umbria as well as our home back in North America, but I do know we treasure each piece from the large colorful outdoor pots, to the tiny, exquisitely hand painted espresso cups and I know that the lucky winner of this platter from DerutaImports.com will treasure it as well.

Prize Description: “Ricco Blue 12″ Round Platter from Deruta
 
The Ricco Blue pattern is an elaborately hand-painted  version of the very famous Ricco Deruta pattern, but with a more prominently blue background.
It is lead-free and can be used as tableware or decoration.  This platter is very flat and makes an excellent cake plate. Retail Price: $128

Check out the great selection of other patterns available online at DerutaImports.com

Contest Rules: This contest has now completed. The winning comment chosen through Random.org is
Ann Steele — November 14, 2012 @ 1:27 pm
We go the day after Thanksgiving and cut down a live tree, and then come back and put it up and decorate it. Over the years the grandchildren are getting older and they love to climb the latter to do the top. We have a 14 ft. ceiling so it is a really big tree. Everyone brings food and it just gets the holidays off to a good start.
Congratulations Ann! You have 72 hours to contact me.

Four Ways To Enter:
#1 Post a comment below stating your favorite holiday tradition.
#2 Follow Italian Food Forever on Pinterest
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#4 Tweet the following on Twitter- “Enter to win a gorgeous Deruta Ceramic Platter @DebIFF Italian Food Forever http://www.italianfoodforever.com/2012/11/enter-to-win-a-deruta-ceramic-platter-for-the-holidays/ ”

Please Note: To earn multiple entries you must come back here to Italian Food Forever and post that you completed steps #2,3 & 4 in separate posts for them to count.

Good Luck!
Deborah Mele
November 2012

 

355 Responses to “Enter To Win A Deruta Ceramic Platter For The Holidays!”

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    Wendy — November 14, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    What a beautiful plate … just beautiful!! I don’t know if this qualifies as a tradition, but my favorite part of the holidays is having my youngest son in the kitchen with me, sharing our food-geek-iness – I love that we have all these special memories that are centered in the heart of our home :)

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    Deborah Reply:

    Wendy, that sounds like a wonderful tradition to me!

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    Wendy — November 14, 2012 @ 11:18 am

    I’m now following you on Pinterest (and there goes the rest of my day!)

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    DeannaZ — November 14, 2012 @ 11:21 am

    Baking lots and lots of cookies, just like Mom used to do! Then giving cookie bags or boxes to everyone.

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    Christine Visona — November 14, 2012 @ 11:23 am

    Christmas Eve at my parents is my favorite tradition!

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    Christine Visona — November 14, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    I am following you on Pintrest now!

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    Cheryl — November 14, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    I am following you on FB, Pin and Twitter! Love the platter. I love having my family together for a wonderful meal, a beautifully decorated table and lots of laughter!!

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    Donna — November 14, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    My favorite part of holiday celebrations is sharing these special times with family members. You always have wonderful memories of each occasion. My children and two grandaughters will be spending Christmas with us here in Colorado.

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    toni — November 14, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    Making ravioli with Grandma ~
    Grandma spreads the whitest of linen over the tables on the sun porch and smoothes the nests of wrinkles until they lay flat. She sets the rolling pin, flour canister and jelly jar within reach. Then she dons her apron and worries the wispy gray strands on the nape of her neck into the black hairnet.
    “Guardi,” she says.
    Grandma makes a “well” of flour in the center of a large wooden board and, in the middle, cracks the eggs. She beats the eggs ever so gently, blending the inside wall of flour as she goes. Soon the dough is ready, the creamy ricotta is drained. The scent of freshly chopped mint and grated nutmeg hangs in the air. Grandma moves in and out of the kitchen, gathering a few utensils, a fork for crimping and a bowl of water. It is ravioli day.
    I watch as Grandma smooths the dough into a circle, comic blue veins dancing across her hands. With pronounced thrusts of the rolling pin, she creates an unplowed field, a large thin rectangle of dough ready to receive the ricotta mixture. Her deft movements leave rows of milky mounds which she skillfully covers with a fold of the dough. With brisk moves of the knife, she cuts the mounds apart. As she works, she hums and Caruso croons, the faint echo of his wedding canzone coming from the Victrola. Then it is my turn. My job is to seal and crimp. Grandma watches as I invert the jelly jar over each mound and twist it a few half turns. Then I press the tines of the fork in the edges all the way around until the ravioli is made fast. We work together like that for hours, sealed in quiet. Washed in velvet light, the porch cools as the late day sun rests its face on the window sill. The afternoon’s work lay around us, each ravioli the size of a mouse’s ear.

    I loved being on the sun porch with Grandma. I worked at her elbow, I pressed against her side, I leaned into her thigh. The shape of her lay like a promise between us. I don’t recall if we talked much during those long afternoons. All I remember is that she hugged me tight and called me “Bella”.

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    Barbara B. Reply:

    Oh Toni,

    You made my eyes well up with tears. I too spent many an afternoon making “ravs” with my grammy. I miss her so much especially around the holidays but feel closer when I make these “ravs”- a true labor of love.

    Thank you, Barara

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    toni Reply:

    We make ravioli for the holidays, my husband and I. I make the insides, he does the dough. A pretty sweet team, we still use the jelly jar and the fork and Grandma’s rolling pin. Oh, and we prop of a pic of Grandma on the counter. Aren’t you and I so lucky?

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    Teresa Reply:

    Thank you for sharing this. It’s a lovely story; made tears fall from my eyes. Nonna passed last Thanksgiving and we all miss her so. Our family tradition is ravioli too. It started with her mom, but carries on through the generations!

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    toni Reply:

    My Grandma has been gone a long time but the memory never dims. Plus those ravioli are terra-awesome, I’ll never stop making them. :)

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    Mary D Reply:

    Cooking the taditional foods together and enjoying the fruits of our labors together. The laughter……..makes the memories

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    toni Reply:

    Mary, you are so right. I wish I go back in time, don’t you? There’s so much joy in that simple pasta. We recently had a cooking afternoon with the family and made gnocchi. Never too late to start a new tradition. Plus the little tool is raving good fun. My Nonna (on the other side) was a master at these. Here’s a post about our gnocchi day~
    http://wordswewomenwrite.wordpress.com/2012/10/08/for-the-love-of-gnocchi/

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    Sylvia Malloy — November 14, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    Fabulous website. I enjoy it so much because of the interesting sidelines to the Italian culture. I enjoy the beautiful pictures also . I often share with my children and friends

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    Melissa — November 14, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    My Favorite holiday tradition is having family & friends over for good food & drinks – all about the food! =)

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    Teresa Mangiatordi — November 14, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    My Grandmas wine cookies! and Family

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    Suzanne — November 14, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    I have “liked” this on facebook. I love this site for it’s great recipes and wonderful trip information and news.

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    Sam — November 14, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    You gotta love Deruta ceramics!

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    Whitney R. — November 14, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is baking lots of cookies. I did it with my grandmother and mother and now my kids do it with me and my mother.

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    Arlene Mordini — November 14, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    In Tuscany, our holiday meal always consisted of a large, roasted capon. It seems to get ever more difficult to find in New York, but, so far, I have managed. Along with tortellini in brodo, nothing is more Christmas-y to me.

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    alisha — November 14, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    Family and those friends like family who join us for Thanksgiving each year. We always make a homeade pasta and the bird, and it is well known amongst our friends that all are welcome. We are a family of 3, and often feed 16+ on Thanksgiving. This platter would be gorgeous full of antipasto.

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    alisha — November 14, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    i already follow you on pintererst :)

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    Sandy Smith — November 14, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    My favorite tradition during the holidays is my best friend’s cookie exchange party. She bakes the cookie cutouts so everyone can decorate. We have food and drinks and spend a wonderful evening with great friends, Everyone brings their favorite baked cookies and at the end of the night, we all gather up an assortment of cookies to take home! Love spending time with great friends!

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    Terrie — November 14, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    Staying home on Christmas Eve. Love to be in my own home with friends and family.

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    Christine A Binder — November 14, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    My favorite holiday tradition, since we blended two families, is to serve 31 people a full Thanksgiving dinner in my home two Sundays before the actual holiday. We just had that event last Sunday. 11 kids running and screaming and having fun. I love getting out all the traditional holiday dishes. Lots of work; lots of thanks.

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    alisha — November 14, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    i already like you on facebook :)

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    Betty H. — November 14, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    Oh how I love this plate. I’m always disappointed to turn a pretty platter or plate over to see it was made in China when what I really want is authentic Italian-made. Anyway, my holiday tradition is baking pignoli cookies and biscotti for everyone. Buone feste a tutti!

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    Christine A Binder — November 14, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    also completed steps 2 and 3

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    Alisa — November 14, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    A couple of years ago, I wasn’t able to spend a lot on gifts so I started to make homemade treats such a Rosemary Chipotle nuts and Sour Cream and Onion popcorn as gifts! Every year since I have tried something different and this year, I’m looking to add a homemade cracker and cookie to the mix. I’m super excited and its so much fun! It makes me feel closer to my mom who passed away in 2010. She loved to cook!

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    Frank Favazza — November 14, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    Getting together with family.

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    anne — November 14, 2012 @ 11:35 am

    Wonderful and great giveaway. Many thanks. We always have a special Italian concept. Bruschetta is a must. Also a home made dessert in chocolate.

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    Amy — November 14, 2012 @ 11:37 am

    I love watching all of the classic kid’s holiday specials: Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph, etc.

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    Karen — November 14, 2012 @ 11:37 am

    We have developed a new tradition and that is watching our two great grandbabies open their gifts and sit on our laps. Great fun.

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    Teri Jo — November 14, 2012 @ 11:37 am

    What a beautiful platter! Our tradition is to celebrate the “Feast of the Seven Fishes” on Christmas Eve. Lots of food, fun, love, and desserts!

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    Susan S — November 14, 2012 @ 11:38 am

    Our favorite tradition is candy making with our daughter, my mother, my sisters, the nieces, nephews and now grandkids! There is always a candy that can be made at any age. We go get the materials the Saturday after Thanksgiving and then set a day in early December to get together and make the candy. After a morning of candy making we break for a lunch of homemade pizza. We have been doing this for over 20 years. What special memories we have!

    I love the platter! Thanks for a great giveaway.

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    Cheryl Taylor — November 14, 2012 @ 11:38 am

    I will gladly follow you on Pinterrest.

    My favorite holiday tradition is putting up the Christmas lights. The first night we light up the tree and have hot cocoa while looking at it together.

    Lovely plate! I have a few as well. We love Italy!

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    Shelly — November 14, 2012 @ 11:38 am

    My favorite tradition was getting together with my mom and grandma and baking pumpkin bread. My grandma passed away 2 years ago, but my mom and I still do it.

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    Lisa — November 14, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    My favorite tradition is each person in our family brings a dish that they are known for to share in the meal. Whoever is hosting does the main dish, but everyone adds amazing things to the meal.

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    annw — November 14, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    Holiday tradition — ravioli with Bolognese sauce

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    John G — November 14, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    My favorite holiday tradition (Thanksgiving) is when the whole family gets together and we tell happy stories of our family members that are no longer with us.

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    Linda Hyndman — November 14, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    My favorite tradition is baking Christmas cookies with my granddaughters. Now I have an almost 3 year old grandson and he will be helping this year. Well, maybe if only to lick the bowl.

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    Shelly — November 14, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    I follow you on Pinterest.

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    Shelly — November 14, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    I like you on FB.

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    Shelly — November 14, 2012 @ 11:41 am
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    Teri — November 14, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    I’m following you on Pinterest!

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    Sheri — November 14, 2012 @ 11:44 am

    In love w/this plate. Gorgeous! And the yellow would make my kitchen colors just pop beautifully! I already follow you on Pintrest. It’s my guilty pleasure. Love your eblasts and most especially your recipes! Happy Holidays!

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    Karen — November 14, 2012 @ 11:44 am

    following you on Facebook

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    Karen — November 14, 2012 @ 11:44 am

    following you on Pinterest and repinned

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    Adrienne — November 14, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    My grandson and I make french toast using panettone on Christmas morning…what a beautiful dish to serve it in…

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    Camille Wright — November 14, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is baking lots of cookies and breads from my grandma’s Swedish cookbook and sharing the results with friends and neighbors.

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    Morgan Griffith — November 14, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    My favorite tradition is gathering in the kitchen with my mom and grandmother (who has since passed) and making Christmas cookies all day long. Everyone had a job as we “assembly lined” it. Lots of laughter, lots of mess. My father’s favorite tradition was sneaking in and stealing the fresh baked cookies. I loved seeing the cookies put out for guests and of course exchanging recipes.

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    Jim Sposato — November 14, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    Boy that blue is blue!! Our family Christmas tradition was to have all the kids(12) and their familes meet over at Mom & Dad’s with Dad as Santa Claus. This blue plate full of cookies would not last very long

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    Barbara — November 14, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    It’s always cold, so the house gets warm and so fragrant with all the baking. Then the noise of grandchildren yelling and playing,and.,of course, the television. Just a big happy scramble

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    Antonette Holub — November 14, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    Thanksgiving dinner is antipasto, pasta, turkey and fixings, dolci and coffee…a little Italian tradition thrown in!

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    Lombardi Fam — November 14, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    My favorite is baking and decorating Christmas cookies with my boys. And they would look lovely on that platter!!

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    Beatrice Didio — November 14, 2012 @ 11:50 am

    I really enjoy this site. All of my relatives were Italian on Dad’s side but left no
    recipes so I have learned many new dishes from Italian Food Forever. I did try to
    enter your contest on Facebook but it just put me right back here. I think this is
    a wonderful post to share with everyone. Tastefully and creatively designed.
    Thank You
    Bea Didio

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    Cindy K, Texas — November 14, 2012 @ 11:50 am

    Oooo, that plate is gorgeous! I love baking and cooking up all our favorites for the holidays. I also like getting all of my thanksgiving decorations and tableware out to use.

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    Cindy K, Texas — November 14, 2012 @ 11:50 am

    I tweeted!

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    Mary Jo Connell — November 14, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    would love to have the lovely platter for my holiday meals

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    Lombardi Fam — November 14, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    Already follow you on Pinterest and Facebook! It’s a dream of my husband and of mine to live part of the year in Italy. Enjoy!!

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    Nina Ogden — November 14, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    My mother’s best dish was Turkey stuffing with bacon and apple. She wasn’t that good a cook, truth be told, but this stuffing was perfect. No matter what changes in our Thanksgiving family feasts, our mother’s stuffing must be a part of it, every year , every decade. Our family of immigrants have made this stuffing our Thanksgiving tradition.

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    Cindy K, Texas — November 14, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    I follow you on Pinterest!

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    audrey b — November 14, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    Is there anything better than a plate of pasta, a loaf of bread and a glass of wine – NOOOOOOO!!!!!!

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    Karen — November 14, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    Following you on Twitter and Retweeted to my page. Beautiful plate. Thanks.

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    paula z — November 14, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    I would love to use this Deruta plate for my chocolate almond cheese cake and watch the design on this plate emerge as my cake disappears.

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    Cindy K, Texas — November 14, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    I “Liked” on FaceBook!

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    Linda — November 14, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    I have a collection of vintage turkey plates – all different styles. Elizabeth and I set the table the night before. After our Thanksgiving celebration, we continue a tradition from my youth – going to an opening day movie! Great fun getting tickets and going as a group. Seems to be a tradition with many families as we have to buy our tickets first thing in the morning.

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    vaishali — November 14, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    Baking the goodies for gift giving!

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    Susan McNeely — November 14, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    I love Italian Food Forever and have followed several recipes. I just liked you on Facebook and would love to leave cookies out for Santa on that plate or to use for my Yule Log dessert platter!

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    Cathy — November 14, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    What a gorgeous platter! My favorite tradition: Seven Fishes with my family on Christmas Eve. We’ve been celebrating this tradition since I was a little girl!

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    cynthia rich Reply:

    Beautiful plate!
    Just the perfect size for my holiday CHEESECAKE!

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    Jody Titone — November 14, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    We have attempted to live up to my large Italian family traditions I had as a child (I’m now 65) by baking Italian cookies from my mother’s recipes during the holidays and cooking Italian meals for Christmas and New Year’s dinners.

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    Mary Beth — November 14, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    Baking cookies with my kids, though my youngest is now a high school senior! We used to decorate coffee cans and give the cookies to the neighbors and family that way.
    I love the brilliant colors in this plate!

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    DeannaM — November 14, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    We always include at least one Italian dish in every holiday celebration!

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    Angela Napolitano — November 14, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is trimming the tree with my family.

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    Wendy Read — November 14, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    I joined you on pinterest, I already had liked your page ages ago, and I tweeted for you! I would love to win this Deruta platter. I adore having my Sweet Potato Souffle for thanksgiving, my tradition with my family.

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    Cathy — November 14, 2012 @ 11:58 am

    Following you on Facebook. Another great way to get your fabulous recipes!

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    Cathy — November 14, 2012 @ 11:59 am

    I tweeted!

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    JoAnn — November 14, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    My favorite Holiday tradition is gathering on Christmas Eve for the 7 fishes. We always went to my grandmothers, the whole family – aunts, uncles, cousins – to celebrate. Now we go to my fathers and re-create the dinner. Even though we gather, a few less of us now, without grandma it is not the same, but we love to carry on the tradition.

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    Pam — November 14, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

    I love to bake and share holiday cookies, and candy too! Thanks!

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    gary a. menegazzo — November 14, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    Having Nona make her crustoli( cookies, fried, twisted&confectioner’s sugar!)

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    Beatrice Didio — November 14, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    I enjoy your recipes and hope to share my finds with my family. My Grandparents came from Naples, Italy but could not write down any recipes.
    My family loves the dishes that I remembered and have passed down. I have very
    Special Occasions that I make Easter Pie(Meat Torta) or Italian cookies and others.
    I love this beautiful Platter and it would be such a impressive dish to display Grandma’s favorite dishes. Thanks for the recipes you share. Our Fifth Generations of the Didio Family is being taught treasured memories of cooking with Grandma in the kitchen just like I did.
    Happy Holidays,
    Bea Didio

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    Diane M — November 14, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

    My husband made the military his career. Since joining the Army, we’ve invited at least one single soldier to share our Thanksgiving celebration.

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    Charlotte Sims — November 14, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

    Growing up we always had homemade pizza and sausage on Christmas Eve. After I married and moved to Arizona and away from family we started our tradition of pizza and sausage on Christmas Eve and opening our home to friends to come and join us. I have been doing this for over 40 years and now friends and family just know to come over on Christmas Eve. Lot of work but oh so much fun.

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    Anna Fratazzi-Markowski — November 14, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

    I am an 80 year old woman of total italian ancestry and have visited Italy many times..I have brought back pieces of DeRuta, (my favorite) in Rico and also bought from Ceramica..I do not use facebook, I do no tweet, I do not use Pininterest, I just read and enjoy your website and use your recipes, so I guess I am not eligible to win the platter, althought I would be delighted if I did…

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    Deborah Reply:

    Anna, your post automatically enters you into the contest! The other options simply allow extra entries.

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    Anna Fratazzi-Markowski Reply:

    Deborah ..grazie per la sua risposta….

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    Christine — November 14, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

    Cracked Crab and jumbo prawns on Christmas Eve is our traditional dinner plus biscotti and coffee at dessert time.

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    Kristine — November 14, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

    I have a small family, but we are BIG on holiday tradition. We love getting together to share a day of family memories and good food. We are all fitness nuts so we spend part of the day doing some sort of physical activity depending upon what the weather allows: skiing, snowshoeing, cycling or running.

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    Joan — November 14, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

    Our favorite time-worn yet cherished traditions center around traditional food inspired by my Sicilian mother. Sesame cookies, ricotta pie, torrone from scratch (finding those delicate wafers is like an online scavenger hunt!). We recall the story of La Befana and still leave a shoe outside our bedroom door every January 5th, in hopes of a magical treat.

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    Maria L. — November 14, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

    I would love to use this beautiful platter on Christmas Eve……my favorite Holiday!

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    cindy — November 14, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

    my favorite holiday tradition is hosting the Thanksgiving feast for my large extended family

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    cindy — November 14, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

    I liked you on facebook

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    Kathy S. — November 14, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    The holidays are all about FAMILY! My favorite part — finding our tree and decorating it and the house all together as a family!

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    Joan — November 14, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

    I completed Step #2 :)

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    Joan — November 14, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

    I completed Step #3 :)

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    Joan — November 14, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

    I completed Step #4 :)

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    Kathy S. — November 14, 2012 @ 12:19 pm

    I am am now following Italian Food Forever on Pinterest!
    What great boards!!!

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    Michael Galbreath — November 14, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

    I have a special ceramic goblet that we pass around our family during holiday meals before you say Grace over the table. Before each person drinks from the goblet they speak about something they are grateful for during the previous year.

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    Deborah Reply:

    Michael, what a GREAT tradition!

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    Marlene Perini — November 14, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

    I would love to win this beautiful platter. Yesterday I just made butternut squash raviolis for my family for Christmas dinner and they would be beautiful on this platter. I have amatching pitcher I bought in Deruta many years ago. I love your news but it is getting a little overwhelming for me I am 81 and still cooking many delicious recipes you provide us. Thank you so much Marlene Perini

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    Kathy S. — November 14, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

    I have completed the Tweet (“Enter to win a gorgeous Deruta Ceramic Platter @DebIFF Italian Food Forever http://www.italianfoodforever.com/2012/11/enter-to-win-a-deruta-ceramic-platter-for-the-holidays/ ” Done!
    Hope I win this gorgeous platter! Thank you so much for the opportunity!

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    Ellen Anne H — November 14, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

    My favorite Holiday is Thanksgiving and getting our whole family of three generations together into one house. After dinner and cleanup we play cards and games and dance the night away!

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    Chris McC — November 14, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

    Favorite Christmas Tradition is The family Sitting around the Christmas Tree Christmas morning with everyone still n PJ’s just soaking in the spirit of Christmas. The best!

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    Chris McC — November 14, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

    I have completed step 2 :)

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    Chris McC — November 14, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

    I have completed step 3 :)

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    Chris McC — November 14, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

    And completed step 4. Merry Christmas

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    Peter Ciullo — November 14, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

    Ciao Deborah:
    Lucille and I have been married for 63 years. We continue a tradition passed on to us by my late mother “la vigilia”. Our 5 sons their wifes and 10 grandchildren look forward to Christmas eve(we often have guests). Our grandchildren (all grown up now) often help with the preperations and want to learn the recipies. I use many of your recipies.

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    Barbara — November 14, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    Our holiday tradition began when my (now) 43 yr old daughter was just 2 yrs old. We pick a Sunday in December and gather all the grandkids (and now great grandkids!) to decorate cut-out sugar cookies to serve throughout the holidays.

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    Brenda — November 14, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is just that our family always spends it together. I’m so grateful for a warm & loving family!!!

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    Cynthia Devlin — November 14, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    It’s not really unique or unusual as far as traditions go but what means the most to me about the holidays is sharing laughter and love, good food and wine with my family. I love them all so much and we are all in different places so the holidays are the only times we see each other. Now that we are all getting older and having children of our own it means so much more. I am so grateful for each & every one of them and thankful that we are all healthy and will all be together again for another year.

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    Brenda — November 14, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

    I’ve liked your Facebook page!!!!

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    Barbara — November 14, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

    And now I’ve posted this to Twitter, I already “like” you on FB and I THINK I’m following you on PInterest – altho I’m still figuring that site out!

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    Katie S — November 14, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

    My favorite tradition is the family meal. It is such a great time.

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    Brenda — November 14, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

    I tweeted about winning the great holiday platter! I love Deruta!!!! and I love the blues in the pattern…my house has blue accent walls so it would look magnifico on my table!!! :) ))
    Great giveaway!

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    Karen Haney — November 14, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

    My favorite tradition is having crab legs on Christmas Eve with all the kids home!

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    marianne — November 14, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

    My favorite things to do is make gnocchi h children. We started this tradition many years ago when they where young.no it with grandchild. No turkey in this house on Thanksgiving….only pasta.

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    Deborah — November 14, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

    Best holiday memory is with my grandmother Rose – making raviolis for the family. We would make ricotta and mushroom, then the rest of the day we would make a meat sauce and then a marscapone sauce. An all day affair and everyone would eat platters of raviolis in 5 minutes flat.
    It would be wonderful to serve grandmas dish on a beautiful italian platter!
    Thanks for adding great italian recipes to my collection.

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    Joe Pantuso — November 14, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is simple…Family and Food!! From Chistmas Eve and “the fishes” to all the other Italian favorites for the entire week through the New Year celebration!!

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    David — November 14, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

    The Deruta ceramics are lovely. I have visited and have one piece, a bowl I use for pasta. Personally I was more impressed with the ceramics in Gubbio. There I saw much more muted and I think, really more traditional colors; very muted and not bright and modern glazes like from Deruta. Also the patterns were a bit more traditional looking. Gubbio is a beautiful, well preserved medieval town. Umbria has so many wonderful towns. It must be a lovely place to live! And yes, I would love to win this beautiful platter.

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    Pat — November 14, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    We have started a holiday tradition of using outgrown small toys as Christmas tree decorations. I started with a rattle given to my son by my sister. I painted the date in small characters on one end. The next year I added a terry cloth disk, with the date embroidered on the tag. And so on as the collection grew to include small Sesame St characters, GI Joes, Lego blocks, etc. When my son was married, he had 26 ornaments for his tree with his new bride.

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    Elaine McGhee — November 14, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

    Our tradition is to allow anybody who wants to come to our home for holiday dinners and treat them like they are special. I love to cook so I always make too much. Love having everybody here and this platter would certainly make me feel special about sharing it with people.

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    Heather Johnson — November 14, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

    My favorite tradition is my Grandma Rossis’ risotta at Christmas Eve even after she is gone

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    Mike — November 14, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    The perfect dish to plate a mound of struffoli. Thank you!

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    Heather Johnson — November 14, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    I didn’t realize we were also talking Thanksgiving – we never really had a family tradition for Tahnksgiving and when I met his family they didn’t really either so now my favorite Thanksgiving tradition is to have both families at our house for Thanksgiving!

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    Heather Johnson — November 14, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    I tweeted (hkeati) my first tweet in months!

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    Mike — November 14, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    Completed step 3, liking your Facebook page. Thank you.

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    Heather Johnson — November 14, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    I followed you on Pinterest – super excited about that!

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    Heather Johnson — November 14, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    Like’d you on FB!

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    Alison — November 14, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

    Lovely platter….my favorite color too.

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    Claudia LaBella Adams — November 14, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

    Nona’s Pignolata and Cuccidati recipes….throw in family, more food and fun…what’s better?

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    Carolyn Warner — November 14, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

    My Dad taking all of us (his children and grandchildren) on a hayride through the woods to his house for breakfast Christmas morning.

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    Carolyn Warner — November 14, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

    I’m following you on Pinterest

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    Terri Lashley — November 14, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

    Our Italian Tradition is to always eat fish on Christmas Eve and
    I continue that to this day. On Christmas Day we always had
    lots of family and a huge Christmas Dinner with Turkey and
    all the trimmings; my Mom always included a dish of Pasta
    or a tray of Lasagna and I continue that tradition in memory of
    my Mom and Grandmother. Love to win this dish!!!!!

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    Rochael — November 14, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

    Christmas Eve, we continue a decades-old tradition of making raviolis (grandma’s recipe) and slow-cooked tomato sauce. Our four boys (now all grown up) look forward to this as much as I do!

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    Rochael — November 14, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

    Followed you on Pinterest weeks ago! : )

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    Rochael — November 14, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

    Followed you on Facebook weeks ago as well. Love reading your posts!

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    Rochael — November 14, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

    …and tweeted! Please follow @livingtowrite for updates on food, wine, travel, and healthcare. :)

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    joy brow — November 14, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

    I would love to wind that beautiful platter, I am of Italian background an enjoy your blog very much. I am following you on Pinterest

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    Bobbie Pitkin — November 14, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

    In my family we always have rice pilaf and mashed potatoes with our turkey on Thanksgiving. As the granddaughter of a survivor of the Armenian Genocide and growing up in an Armenian household, we always had rice with our poultry. We carry this tradition with us to this day. I can’t imagine the bird without it!

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    joy brow — November 14, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

    I liked you on Facebook and enjoy your blog very much and would love to win that lovely platter thanks

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    annette turello — November 14, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    Being Italian we always had two meals at once,first there was lasagna,and meat sauce that had Italian sausage,meatballs,pork ribs all home cooked,from stratch,on the table was a large turkey with Italian sausage and rice stuffing,mash potaoes,salad of course Italian dressing homemade,Italian bread,olives etc…But no one turkey,we ate the lasagna,turkey we ate later….i still follow this tradtion,that platter will really be pretty with the turkey on IT

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    Maria Celeste Gearino Lloyd — November 14, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

    I’m following you on Pinterest and have “Liked” you on Facebook for a long time! Italian Christmas memories? It is all about family and food, isn’t it?

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    Joe Castronovo — November 14, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    Aside from gift giving and now with a Grandson, what better feeling than looking at the side table filled with Struffoli and Italian home-baked cookies so colorful and oh so tasty. It was not necessary to mention the food that comes first.

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    joy brow — November 14, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    I enjoy your blog very much and all your great recipes. Our favorite tradition for Christmas is making homeade Manicotti which is a recipe passe down from our family in Sicily. thanks for the chance to win that lovely platter

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    Cindy — November 14, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

    My favorite tradition is on Christmas Eve, the family gets together and brings their “old” favorite hors d’oeuvre and also a new hors d’oeuvre recipe. It’s a wonderful night of food, family and fun!

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    Elisa Whittington — November 14, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

    This platter looks lovely!

    My favorite Holiday Tradition each year is to gather my local harvest goods, such as beets, pumpkin, carrots, apples, fennel, potatoes, rhubarb and huckleberries to prepare several small loaves of holiday breads and mini cheesecakes. I take them to the local assisted living community and give them to the folks living there. I also take them to the local American Legion Hall. I reserve some to deliver to a few of my favorite elderly neighbors, along with this delicious tea from Seattle to go along with the breads. (It’s called MarketSpice Tea which is very festive with a strong orange flavor.) With no family here where I live, it’s a very satisfying way for me to celebrate and share the Christmas season. If you’ve never tried beet bread, I recommend you put it on your list of to-do’s! DELICIOUS!

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    Ann Steele — November 14, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

    We go the day after Thanksgiving and cut down a live tree, and then come back and put it up and decorate it. Over the years the grandchildren are getting older and they love to climb the latter to do the top. We have a 14 ft. ceiling so it is a really big tree. Everyone brings food and it just gets the holidays off to a good start.

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    kathy goodrich — November 14, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

    This would be another start of a beautiful tradition for the Holidays.
    Just love you news letter. I pass the recipes on to family & friends. Thanks

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    gerri — November 14, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

    My father is no longer with us, but I always remember his insistence on having 24 food items for dinner on Dec. 24th, and 25 food items for dinner on Dec. 25th.

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    Paul Kopsick — November 14, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

    We still remember Sylvia’s lasagna from 2005 with amazement. Like 10 layers to the inch and a ton of butter (yeah butter). Unreal!

    The holidays in Italy are a wonderous time and we keep all our friend there in our prayers as they too face terrible weather, rains and storms.

    PAX

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    Donna DeKeyrel — November 14, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

    We celebrate The Feast of the Seven Fishes with a twist. We do it sashimi/sushi style. We make our own rolls and sashimi. It is a favorite tradition!

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    Susan — November 14, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

    Love the platter. Following you on Pinterest, great boards.

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    Jenny — November 14, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    Mom and I cooking a Feast of the Seven Fishes for Christmas Eve. Mimosas at Christmas Day Brunch. Watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas while opening presents (The original. On VHS).

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    Alexandra — November 14, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is the meal served by my Italian family on Christmas Eve. We do the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes although there are always more than seven fish dishes served. Some of my favorites include the fried smelts, the bacala salad, the stuffed clams and the lobster sauce and pasta. That sauce is filled with sweet chunks of fresh lobster, the thought of which is making my mouth water just typing this. The thought of any of these dishes served Christmas eve after Christmas eve brings back many happy memories and gives me an anticipatory delight over the new memories we will be making this coming December 24th.

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    MaryAlice Dobbert — November 14, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is gathering at my parents house on Christmas Eve and they prepare the feast of the 7 fishes!

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    Steven Gomez — November 14, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

    I’m a sucker for Italian food, but my favorite holiday family tradition is making tamales. Everyone in our family has a job to do, and it took all day.
    At the end of the day, however….tamales!

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    Lynn — November 14, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

    When my granddaughter (age 20) was a small girl I had her draw a large turkey on poster board. Every Thanksgiving we have everyone write things they are thankful for on post-it notes and then place them on the (now old) turkey poster, which I hang on the wall. After the family says grace we pass the post-it notes around the table and read each other’s “thankfuls”. It is really a special tradition in or family and always fun to guess who wrote each note. I have saved all the old note from years past and (although we never look at them!) I think it nice to have the reminders of what was important to family members who are no longer with us.

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    Jennie — November 14, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

    One of our family traditions is making Christmas butter cookies and icing them in many colors and decorating with colored sugars and dragees.

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    Carol L — November 14, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

    What a wonderful addition to anyone’s Holiday table. Thank you for this opportunity. One tradition I love that has carried over from when I was a young girl is the baking of Italian cookies during the Holidays with the family.
    Carol L.

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    Rosetta from Elmwood Park — November 14, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

    I am so hoping to win this beautiful platter to serve some baked goods on!!! Made your Whole Grain Applesauce Cake with pumpkin puree instead of applesauce when I found out that I didn’t have any in the house…it was fabulous! Dense, moist and spicy…just perfect for the Autumn months! Love your website Deborah!

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    Rosemary Annala — November 14, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

    Beautiful plate, it would make a wonderful additon to my kitchen. My favorite holiday traditions are spending time with friends and family both near and far whenever we can find the time to be together sharing meals and celebrating the love of friends and family.

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    Jane LaManna — November 14, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition has to be making homemade Ravioli for the Christmas dinner table. My Grandma Rossi, deceased for 50 years now, brought her ravioli recipe to America from Abruzzo. Of her 4 children, only my mother carried on the tradition or making the ravioli for Christmas. 27 years ago, when I was expecting my daughter, I stood aside Mom and helped her to learn the tradition. My Mom now is 89 years old, and she supervises as two of my other sisters and I will make the family ravioli for our expanding family of 23.

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    Maggi Reid — November 14, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

    Our favorite holiday tradition is making my Grandmother Lavezza’s homemade raviolis. We have made as many as 1900 because we have a large family. I have 11 brothers and sisters, 35 nieces and nephews and 52 great nieces and nephews plus spouses. We celebrate St. Nicholas and have the ravioli dinner.

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    Cathy Tiscione — November 14, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

    Hi Deborah! I have been reading your blogs and trying your recipes for a very long time now. I feel like you’re a good friend and I love to read your accounts of Umbria. What a treasure!

    Family traditions seem to wane with the years, but we all look forward to being together and eating lasagna (among other delicacies)! On Christmas Eve I generally make shrimp scampi. Just being together is the most awesome part since we all live in different states! It’s becoming a challenge, but we try to spend these special moments together.

    Thank you for such a great website, terrific recipes and blogs!

    Cathy Tiscione

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    Thanks Cathy, MUCH appreciated!

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    Millie Guerra — November 14, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

    Our entire family gathers together for a huge food feast, and we all talk about what has happened good and bad the past year and hope for a better one, lots of crying and laughter and at midnight we open 1 present!!

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    Kelly B — November 14, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is just getting together with family. It’s always a fun and festive celebration. Sometimes it’s with my family in Georgia, and sometimes with my husbands family in Texas. All the women bake their favorite recipes though, so there is bound to be lots of great food and fabulous memories.

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    MaryB — November 14, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

    My favorite tradition is getting together with family and friends, cooking together and having a mix of traditional favorites and a couple of new recipes to try.

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    MaryB — November 14, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

    I follow IFF on Pinterest. (jodoobers)

    Thanks for offering the chance to win this beautiful platter. It would be gorgeous on the holiday table. Love your blog and recipes – I always find something wonderful to try here and I know that every recipe will work!

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    MaryB — November 14, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    I follow you on Facebook.

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    Kay Johnson — November 14, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    My favorite tradition is getting the family together for a big meal. Southern families enjoy their favorite recipes prepared and shared just as much as Italian families do! My daughters and I are still trying to mimic my 92 year old mother-in-law’s cornbread/biscuit dressing that she prepares from scratch to this day!

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    Geri Bocchieri — November 14, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

    Love the baking and family during the holidays…….love your blog..it’s beautiful.

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    Kim Messick — November 14, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

    My favorite tradition that we did when I was a little girl was to get up on Thanksgiving morning and eat cinnamon rolls, watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and help my mom fix dishes for the big dinner. My dad was a policeman and worked many of the Thanksgiving days. He would come by when it was ready and would bring some other officers whose families had gone away for the Holiday. Now, it seems so rushed and complicated trying to figure out when and where and who’s turn it is…..but I can DVR Macy’s Parade and have my cinnamon rolls a day or two later!

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    cynthia — November 14, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

    I love your site! And the plate is beautiful.
    One of my favorite things to make especially during holidays is
    Oysters Mosca, from the famed New Orleans restaurant.
    Wonderful, rich, decadent, celebratory.
    It would look great served on this plate!

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    Barbara — November 14, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is getting together with the family and thanking God for our many blessings.

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    Alicia — November 14, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

    As a child we would make Christmas ornaments for our tree on Thanksgiving day. Since mom and I didn’t watch football we needed something to do with the rest of the day. So my mom and I would go to church bazaars and look at the hand made decorations for sale. If we found one we really liked we would buy a few of them, take them home and deconstruct 2 of them, and then make our own version of it. And not just one or two, but dozens of them. We made so many over the years we had to stop because the tree wasn’t big enough to hold all the ornaments. And to this day my mother still decorates her tree with nothing but our home made ornaments and decorations they’ve been given by our children.

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    Shirley Hampton — November 14, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

    I love baking cookies the entire holiday season and being able to give them to all the members of the church choir! They just love it each year!

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    Alicia — November 14, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    I follow you on Facebook.

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    Alicia — November 14, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    I follow you on Pinterest.

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    Shirley Hampton — November 14, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    I followed you on pinterest.

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    Shirley Hampton — November 14, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

    I liked your facebook page!

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    Evelyn — November 14, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

    Christmas Eve spent with the “fishes”, Midnight Mass, Christmas Day eating struffoli, Damson Plum cookies, Calzun and roasted Chestnuts with familly.

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    Cindy R — November 14, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

    I love gathering together with family and friends. Making the dishes my Mom and Grandmother made . Cranberry Chutney, Potato and Sage Dressing, the special pumpkin pie and the rasberry jam cookies and so many more.
    It brings my Mom and Grandmother right back to our dining room table..we share all the memories and cooking disasters (like the Thanksgiving the old stove gave out and we had no turkey (which by the way went sailing across the kitchen) , no dressing, no pies, no nothing but we made lunch meat sandwiches the side dresses people brought and still had a great day–very thankful for the family around us).
    Beautiful platter!

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    Suzanne McKeon — November 14, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

    The traditional seven fishes on Christmas Eve, a fresh caprese salad with buffalo mozzarella, fresh basil and EVOO, a traditional ricotta Italian cheesecake – and of course the vino! Makes for a very happy and festive holiday!

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    Claudia — November 14, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

    What a lovely plate!

    Our holiday meal is a big roast, with all the trimmings. Yum!

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    Ellen S. — November 14, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

    Love spending time with my family on holidays and every day. I always make Chanukah dinner and I think that Deruta plate would look lovely piled high with potato latkes!

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    Kimi — November 14, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

    Love, love, love that plate. Our holiday tradition is Christmas Eve we do the seven fishes and everyone goes to my mothers house.

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    Pat — November 14, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

    My favorite tradition is Christmas morning breakfast strata and being with my husband and children.

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    Julie H — November 14, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    Our favorite tradition is the simple act of sharing a peaceful meal. Too many holidays were spent in turmoil and now that my children are grown we get together and quietly and gracefully give thanks for the lives we live now.

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    Pamela Milo — November 14, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

    Thanks, Deborah for another great contest. Besides following all the traditional Italian traditions for Thanksgiving (must have pasta or soup before the turkey!) and Christmas (fish of all kinds on the Eve with the entire family and being together again on the day) we have begun a new tradition of watching “A Christmas Story” all day, with most of the day spent in pj’s. We begin Christmas Day with a big family breakfast then have our favorite ravioli from a store on Arthur Aveue in the Bronx for a late afternoon meal. Since I live in Florida now I have to ship the ravioli down but it’s worth it. Now to the platter….I can picture it on my Christmas table filled with a pile of honey and sprinkle-covered struffoli. MmmMmm good.

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    JoMarie — November 14, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition was making a fruitcake from scratch.
    Cutting up all the fruit and nuts.
    And-the best part-having my dad say “this is the best fruitcake I ever had”

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    Julie H — November 14, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

    I completed #2

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    Grace H — November 14, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

    Going to Christmas Eve service is a special tradition for our family.

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    Julie H — November 14, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

    I completed #4.

    Thanks for this great contest!

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    Grace H — November 14, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

    Following you on Facebook.

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    Helene K — November 14, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

    My family is smaller this year, but we still eat together on this special holiday and would love to have this beautiful platter on our table. It would be a reminder oour wonderful trips to a wonderful country.

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    Karen Vella — November 14, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

    Christmas Eve with my Noni & Nono Presto. We would all go to midnight Mass and then come back home for a traditional Sicilian feast of homemade italian sausage and eggs and all the fixings.

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    Suzie — November 14, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

    Drinking hot chocolate while walking around Candy Cane Lane to look at all of the Christmas lights.

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    Eileen Renfro — November 14, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

    My friend and I visited Italy in 2006 and 2009 and visited the Deruta factory on our cooking tour. Needless to say we shipped several items home. We also found a small vendor in La Conner WA that has Italian imports and we have purchased items there too. I just purchased a Deruta antipasto platter, and love it. My maiden name is Ferrara so I have been very diligent to be sure that our kids know a traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas the Italian way. Antipasto, lasagna or stuffed shells, with the gravy meat, turkey or ham and all the trimmings then canoli and espresso from the Maganete, not sure of the spelling??We even did the 7 fishes last Christmas Eve. Tradition is something that is handed down through the years. I remember my grandmother making the gravy, and insisting that it too needed a drink of wine, my grandfather making the dough for the pasta, or the gnocchi. Mom assembling the antipasto, and I was always watching and asking to help and of course sample. I now make the antipasto at 7AM otherwise I have many hands trying to “help”. As a kid I could not wait to eat, now although I am still anxious to eat, I love to watch everyone enjoy the feast. As is tradition in our house we start about 1pm and end about 5 or 6 in the evening. Tradition is about memories that you keep alive and pass along to others. My grandparents did that and I am forever greatful. Happy holidays to all.

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    toni Reply:

    Gravy…..that’s what my Grandma called it. You’re so lucky to have these traditions, and so wise to recognize how priceless they are.

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    gene grillo — November 14, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is preparing our holiday dinner with my sons in the kitchen.

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    Sue — November 14, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

    My favorite part of the Christmas season is getting together with my family. We have a wonderful family and I so appreciate it. My favorite tradition is probably cooking all our traditional dishes. (and maybe eating them, too!)

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    Barbara B. — November 14, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

    My most favorite tradition was when my grammy went to church to get a jelly jar filled with Holy Water during the Easter season. Then with 4 generations around the table, we would each bring our palms from Palm Sunday and the head of each family would dip the palms in the jelly glass of special water and sprinkle everyone at the table and say at blessing- sometimes in Italian. Some even got extra sprinklings on their bellies if pregnant.

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    Debbie Belleau — November 14, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

    love this gorgeous platter/plate.. I am in my sixties and married. I still try to carry on the tradition on Christmas eve, after Mass, we all (2 now) get to open one present..but the giver, gets to select the gift! nowadays, it’s just my husband and I..the kids are raised and have families of their own..but grandpa and I can still try to carry it on ‘tween the two of us!! :) haha..

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    Mary Beth Elderton — November 14, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

    This is just beautiful! My favorite holiday tradition—along with getting together with family–is making the pies. I like to make sweet potato, chocolate pecan, chocolate cream, and various fruit crisps around the holidays.

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    Mary Beth Elderton — November 14, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

    I follow you on Pinterest as Mary Beth Elderton

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    Mary Beth Elderton — November 14, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

    I like you on FB as Mary Beth Elderton

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    Paula Edwards — November 14, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

    Every Christmas Eve we turn off all the lights in the house except the christmas tree lights, sit back & proclaim ” this is the most beautiful tree we have ever had”. We have done this every Christmas for 52 years!

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    Michael Freid — November 14, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

    Thanksgiving with my Dad’s side of the family where there’s always some controversy and every year is a story.

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    Janet Montelione — November 14, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

    Making Manicotti pancakes and the filling and watching everyone enjoy them with the homemade gravy. This is a recipe my wonderful Italian mother-in-law taught me. What a treasure, as she has passed on. They would look so nice on the platter!!

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    Nancy Flint — November 14, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

    My favorite christmas tradition is that on Christmas Eve we all gather at my house for a traditional Italian feast of fish ( not quite 7), pasta, greens, desserts and lots of wine and good cheer before attending Mass. It’s a beautiful tradition filled with family, food and fun!

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    Darlene Contadino — November 14, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

    Decades ago my mother started the tradition of making, “Kentucky FruitCakes” when she passed, I inherited the recipe and pans…I missed a year last year because my sister was ill. BUt I’m back on scheduled, making the fruitcakes the weekend after Thanksgiving, wrapping them in Cheescloth soak in wine and letting them mature and be served on Christmas.

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    Michele aka Goat Girl — November 14, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is driving around on Christmas Eve and looking at elaborate light displays.

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    Michele aka Goat Girl — November 14, 2012 @ 5:34 pm

    I already Like your facebook page!

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    June VanSlyke — November 14, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

    My favorite tradition for the holidays, of course, centers around cooking because it brought us together in the kitchen. Today at age 60 there are certain smell that take me right back to my Grandmother’s or Mother’s kitchen and I am that little girl full of wonder and excitement about the holidays. My Grandmother always made a fruit cake right before Thanksgiving. She wrapped it in cheese cloth and put it in a big dutch oven,sat it on the washer that was on the front porch(very cool temperatures,as it was not heated). Each week until Christmas she would pour a cup of sweet red wine over the cake, daring anyone to touch it!! Christmas day she unveiled the very “ripe” cake for all to enjoy. I have never had a fruit cake as good as that!
    Then baking cookies with my Mom was an annual thing. We would start baking about 7:00am and stop around 8:00 or 9:00pm tired,worn out, legs aching and on a sugar high, but so satisfied with our goods. Oh what I would give to be able to bake one more time with my Mom! Thanks to God for the gift of memory he gave us. Happy Holidays to you and your family. Enjoy your site so much :-)

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    Gretchen — November 14, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

    My favourite holiday tradition is getting out the holiday china and using it for Thanksgiving dinner until Epiphany. Of course, the food on the china makes it all worth while!

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    Laura — November 14, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

    Favorite time of the Christmas holiday is reflecting on Jesus’ Birth…a song of Mary did you know…This sleeping child you’re holding is the great–I— AM—.

    How awesome is that!

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    Laura — November 14, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

    I follow you on Pinterest

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    Connie — November 14, 2012 @ 5:52 pm

    Oh what a beautiful piece. I love the holidays because I get to take all of my china pieces out. I have a pretty set from my grandmother. It is so much fun to set the table with such wonderful memories.

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    Gretchen — November 14, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

    I am following you in Pinterest!

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    Gretchen — November 14, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

    I tweeted!

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    Diane J — November 14, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

    Beautiful plate!!!

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    Shirley Moy — November 14, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

    I would love to win this platter for holiday entertaining.

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    Tony Puccio — November 14, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

    We own several pieces from Deruta, having spent a week in Umbria last summer. My favorite holiday tradition is making Italian wedding soup for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Our children and grandchildren love it as do my nieces and nephews. it’s always the first thing they request!

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    Marlene — November 14, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

    This plate is absolutely beautiful! I love Christmas time. I lost my mom too soon when I was in my early twenties. When my brother and I were small, mom would make christmas cookies and we would get to help. We used our little pinkies to make the dents in the cookies she filled with Lekvar jam. We had so much fun sticking our little pinkies into soft dough. We would laugh and carry on and I remember her smile when she would watch us. Well I carried on all her Christmas cookie recipes for the rest of my life and I too had twins who used their pinkies in our christmas cookies! I smile at them when we are making cookies and remember my mom’s smile…always. I was the Italian girl left in the family to carry on my mom’s traditions. My mom would leave a triangle of Locatelli cheese with a yellow ribbon under the tree for me on Christmas Eve. I continue to do this for my family and hope that they carry on our family traditions as well. We’d have our seafood dinner with all the trimmings, stuff our bellies and then go to midnight mass, come home and Mom would make sausage and potatoes in the oven. We’d sit around the tree with the lights out and look at the Christmas Tree and dad would read Twas the NIght Before Christmas. We would leave a plate of mom’s cookies and a glass of milk for Santa, and a carrot for the Reindeer and put on our footie pj’s and go to sleep. My husband reads to our kids still to this day, and they are 19 years old. It is so important to me because I lost both my parents to teach and keep my family traditions alive through my daughter and son. On Christmas day we do the Italian Christmas Feast. The house is packed with Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Grandma and Grandpa, everyone. You could hardly move around. Grandpa would get out the Anisette and the Checkers and play everyone and win! We do all these things and add my husbands families traditions too. Traditions are the most important of my life and doing these gives me peace and I feel that my parents are with me always, especially at the holidays. Buon Natale!

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    Teresa — November 14, 2012 @ 6:37 pm

    One of my favorite family traditions is the making of our great great grandmothers ravioli recipe. All the women of the family, multiple generations, come together to laugh and love through making hundreds of ravioli. I remember the very first year I was old enough to join in and will continue the tradition with my newborn!

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    Teresa — November 14, 2012 @ 6:37 pm

    I follow you on Pinterest.

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    Teresa — November 14, 2012 @ 6:37 pm

    I like your page on FB!

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    Giuliana C. — November 14, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

    Christmas couldn’t be the same without Tortellini in Brodo, handmade on Christmas morning, and Panettone with Prosecco at the end of the dinner!

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    pearl — November 14, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

    Having a feast with family and friends each year. All fish and delectable goodies.

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    Renee B — November 14, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

    My favorite tradition has changed over the years. Mom is unable to cook so recreating her cranberry nut surprise dessert is one favorite. I also love the appetizers my husband makes and, most importantly, the fact that far flung family gathers. Food and family!

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    Margaret — November 14, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

    My Favorite Holiday Tradition
    Every year on Christmas Eve, my entire family on my mother’s side gathers together at my Grandmother’s house. This has been going on since before I was born in the 1960′s. My Grandmother just turned 99 years young and she still lives in the house my mother grew up in. She has been quite an inspiration to me over the years. As head elf, I started taking over the Christmas Eve meal about eight years ago. We still have some type of fish and baked ziti (especially for my uncle) or eggplant parmesan, a huge antipasti, cookies and desesrts. When I was younger, my Grandmother always made an orange salad like her mother used to make. My Great-Grandmother (or Nonie) was from Cercemaggiore. She would peel the oranges with a knife leaving a thick pith on, then cut it into chunks and seed it. They would be juicy and sweet and tart at the same time. I remember when I was younger I always liked the salad, but my father didn’t like the pith, since it was bitter, but he ate it anyway. When my mother took over Christmas Eve dinner, the salad somehow became lost and fresh fruit adorned the dinner table. Knowing that my Grandmother liked the salad since it was refreshing, I added it to my first menu. Unfortunately, my Grandmother and I were the only ones who ate the salad that first year. So we modified it a bit. The oranges are now segmented and a variety is used, a syrup is made with the juice and Grand Marinier, with a spinnkle of almonds on top. Gramma and I have a few more takers with this version. For me this salad conjures memories of Christmas’ past and relatives who are no longer with us. I just might make this salad the old fashioned way this year. The young won’t know what to make of it and the older folks might remember it. And just maybe it will remind my Grandmother of her mother. Won’t that be the most special gift at Christmas?

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    Denise Cassidy — November 14, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

    My tradition begins now in the month of November when I start making Pizzelle’s to give as gifts for the holidays. For those who do not know what a Pizzelle is, they are anise flavored wafer cookies that are made on a special iron (kind of like a waffle iron). I have been making these for at least 40 years for all my friends and family who all of which would be very upset if I were to stop. As years past and friends and family grew I had to start making them earlier and earlier as
    the demand for them also grew. Fortunately making them in advance is not a problem as they store very well in air tight containers. What I love best about this tradition is the way my home smellsoif anise for weeks on end through the holiday season and the smiles on the faces of friends and family as they enjoy every morsel.

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    Denise, thx for the reminder. Time to fire up the machine! I haven’t used it since Easter. Do you ever make little cups or horns out of the pizzelles? I always make a batch just for me and squirrel it away. A cuppa, a book and a pizzelle…it doesn’t get much better than that.

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    Adele — November 14, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is decorating the Christmas tree for my birthday on December 20th.
    Winning this maiolica platter would make it even more special this year as it reminds me of my Grandmother so much, whom I was named after.
    Thanks for this opportunity.
    Adele

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    Gaetano — November 14, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

    Our favorite Holiday tradition, is Christmas Eve family dinner,bringing together four generations, around a table overflowing with traditional Italian entres. Dinner is followed with Proseco and roasted chestnuts or Fernet Branca (a great degestivo ) as required. Buone Feste.

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    Kmarie — November 14, 2012 @ 8:45 pm

    We love baking cookies with our favorite friends!

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    Sherry Hall — November 14, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

    Our family tradition is to travel. Last Christmas was spent in Florence. This year we will leave for Paris on Christmas Eve.

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    Billie — November 14, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

    My favorite family tradition is baking sugar cookies. I make all sizes and shapes. Some are covered with colored sugar and some are frosted. Everyone looks forward to them each year!

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    Lori Holuta — November 14, 2012 @ 9:27 pm

    Step 3 complete! I didn’t realize you were on Facebook, so I’ve liked you there, and will be following you.

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    Gerry — November 14, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

    We go to Pilar Point Harbor in No. CA every Xmas eve morning to buy live crabs, then have breakfast at the harbor, and stop in Half Moon Bay to buy fresh flowers. We then go home and cook the crabs for Christmas. We have this and Prime Rib with our family – Yum!
    Mele Kalikimaka everyone.

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    Linda Tillman — November 14, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is eating my mom’s Italian food specialties like her biscotti..Deelish!

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    Licienne — November 14, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

    I am following you on pintrest, facebook and I also tweeted

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    Mimi Tompkins — November 14, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

    My son is 42 and when he and his wife come “home” for the holidays he still hangs the needlepoint stocking I made him for his 1st Christmas from the mantle. Santa always leaves a juicy orange in the toe along with other goodies. We also love the traditional Yule Log complete with little mushrooms and powdered sugar snow. I can hardly wait!

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    Debbie Van Horn — November 14, 2012 @ 9:58 pm

    I make the same cookie every year and it is a big hit: slowly melt and mix together 6 oz each chocolate and butterscotch chips, take off heat, stir in the following until just coated – 1 cup cocktail peanuts, 1 cup chow mein noodles, and finally, one cup miniature marshmallows (when the chocolate isn’t so hot so they don’t melt). Work quickly to get mixed and coated, the drop little bite sized piles onto waxed paper on cookie sheets and place in freezer, or outside if cold, until chilled and solidified; they may be stored refrigerated or in the freezer in cookie tins.
    My midwestern stepmother called them “Haystacks”. No one ever easily guesses the ingredients!

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    Nancy F Lambert — November 14, 2012 @ 10:04 pm

    What a lovely platter, I love cooking with my two children having a good time together

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    margo — November 14, 2012 @ 10:16 pm

    While I love Italian pottery and would love to win….I think TONI and her story about her grandmother’s ravioli is a real winner…..

    My story a bit more boring…just cook, cook and cook and everyone is happy!

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    Debbie D — November 14, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

    Making cookies!

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    Ruth Ann — November 14, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

    My favorite tradition is putting out the hand carved creche that my grandfather bought in prewar Germany. It was my parents’ for many years, but my Dad gave it to me when my first child was born. It is one of my dearest possessions.

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    toni — November 14, 2012 @ 10:32 pm

    Margo, che bella! THX for the compliment. My grandmother was very special and the older I get, the more I think about her and want to share her stories. And, you are so right, cook and everybody smiles :)

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    Susan — November 14, 2012 @ 10:40 pm

    Such a beautiful plate. When I was in Sicily I saw so many beautiful ceramics and this reminds me of this time. Thank you for sharing.

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    Catherine from Minnesota — November 14, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

    Christmas is my favorite holiday/holy day. I love the warmth and the spirit of the season, spending extra time with family and friends. I am also following you on Pinterest. I would dearly love to win the Deruta platter.

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    Jan Coker — November 14, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

    So many have posted about their grandmothers. That has made me think about mine and all the wonderful holiday meals we had with aunts, uncles and many cousins. Now I am part of the older generation so those memories are extra sweet now. I am doing my best to make wondertful memories for my grandchildren. The generations touch each other through us. And I think this platter would fit in quite nicely with my other dishes!

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    Jan Coker — November 14, 2012 @ 11:20 pm

    I liked you on facebook.

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    Peggy Hakanson — November 15, 2012 @ 12:48 am

    Hi Deborah,

    Thanks again for helping us celebrate the holidays with your wonderful recipe ideas and exciting contests!

    My favorite holiday tradition is writing poems for my family…this year will be special. My first grandson, Augustus, will be a joyful addition to our celebrations!

    Every Christmas Eve I serve my family some home cooked minestrone, made in 3 pots that end up all together. With some crusty bread, this meal is just perfect!

    Hope your holidays are full of love and laughter, Deborah!

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    Amelia — November 15, 2012 @ 4:08 am

    My favorite Christmas tradition is making Italian cookies from my grandmother’s recipes and making cheese ravioli. My husband rolls out the dough and my daughter is learning how to fill and shape the dough. We also make our own ricotta cheese.

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    Cathy B — November 15, 2012 @ 6:33 am

    completed steps 1 & 3

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    Cathy B — November 15, 2012 @ 6:35 am

    Favorite tradition has to be the baking and all the different sweet treats that get lovingly made, packed and shared with friends and family. Having this lovely platter to serve them on would remind me so much of my extended family and friends that are in Italy.

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    Nina Francis — November 15, 2012 @ 7:23 am

    My granddaughter Julianna stopped by today and we talked about Grandma’s(me)recipes,so I decided to make Grandma’s Recipes Cookbook for all 7 grandchildren.
    I gave Julianna her first entry and she was so excited(she’s 8).I told her whenever she makes one of my recipes to think of me and how much I love her and her cousins and how much love I put into cooking for them.
    How beautiful my cookies and more will look on that beautiful DURATA Plate.
    I love your newsletters and recipes, I actually cook even more when I receive a new recipe from you

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    LindyLouMacinItaly — November 15, 2012 @ 7:38 am

    Following as News From Italy on Facebook. :)

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    Kathy B. — November 15, 2012 @ 7:47 am

    Having friends and family around sharing good food and drinks.

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    Kateesh — November 15, 2012 @ 7:48 am

    Following you on pintrest now!

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    Kateesh — November 15, 2012 @ 7:49 am

    Liked your Facebook page :O)

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    Michelle @ Italian Mama Chef — November 15, 2012 @ 8:06 am

    I love making the foods my grandparents made at Christmas and Easter, which my father continued and now I do for my own family. I love when we spend the time around the table talking about the old stories, laughing and enjoying family time.

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    Michelle @ Italian Mama Chef — November 15, 2012 @ 8:06 am

    I am now following you on Pinterest!

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    Michelle @ Italian Mama Chef — November 15, 2012 @ 8:07 am

    I like your page on FB.

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    Michelle @ Italian Mama Chef — November 15, 2012 @ 8:08 am

    I just tweeted the contest using Italianmamachef as my username.

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    Mrs C. From Illinois — November 15, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    Our favorite tradition would be baking all those great Christmas cookies and sharing them with family and friends! Thank you for wonderful giveaway!

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    Alessandra — November 15, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    I am Italian and the Christmas Eve dinner is a huge deal, I simply love it! Food is always amazing because my aunt and my dad to me are the best cooks in the whole world! Unfortunately this Christmas I will be here in the States and I am going to miss it!

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    Alessandra — November 15, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    I follow you on Pinterest

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    Jody Silva — November 15, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    Every year we would visit one grandparent on Christmas eve and the other Christmas day. The tradition of the 12 fishes was the norm for the eve meal, but Chistmas day was a feast of all things. No one sets a table like an italian!!

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    Rosetta from Elmwood Park — November 15, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    That platter…I would just love that platter! Love your site Deborah and love your recipes, keep up the great work !

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    Joann @ The Italian Next Door — November 15, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    One of my favorite traditions at Christmas time is getting out my gramma’s recipes for her Italian Christmas cookies and baking for days!! Each person in the family has their favorite!

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    Joann @ The Italian Next Door — November 15, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    I completed step #3.

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    Patti Tomaini Panuccio — November 15, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    Christmas Eve Pasta with Nut Sauce.

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    Patti Tomaini Panuccio — November 15, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    Tweeted

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    Patti Tomaini Panuccio — November 15, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    Been following you on Pinterest forever

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    Patti Tomaini Panuccio — November 15, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    Liked you on Facebook

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    Adriana — November 15, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    My mistake was not getting Mom’s and Nonna’s recipes when they were still with us. Now, I make the rounds at the homes of my Zias and mom’s cousins to learn their secrets to ravioli, gnocchi and cavatelli and other Italian holiday treats. Bring on those holidays!

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    Joanne — November 15, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    I love Christmas Day when our family who lives close by comes over in their pajamas and we hang out all day drinking, eating and exchanging gifts.

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    Janice English — November 15, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    Love the plate. Would love one as it reminds me of one my Grandma used to use for the holidays! Liked you on FB too!

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    Dolly C — November 15, 2012 @ 11:14 am

    Beautiful platter…. Our secret to a lovely Thanksgiving or Christmas is to keep it simple, good food, what everyone enjoys most, usually some type of filled pasta, and a light fish dinner (turkey also on Thanksgiving), with whatever sides any of the children feel like making. It’s all about the family and not too much overindulgence with the food, don’t like feeling like you don’t want to move, or can’t for hours. Desserts are the same, biscotti, pies, possibly cheesecake…… simple, lots of laughs and a little vino.

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    Dolly C — November 15, 2012 @ 11:16 am

    I already do follow you on Pinterest.

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    Dolly C — November 15, 2012 @ 11:16 am

    I liked you on Facebook quite a while ago.

    Thank you.

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    Dolly C — November 15, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    Deborah, I just tweeted you on Twitter…..

    Thank you for the contest.

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    Teresa C — November 15, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

    My favorite tradition is go on a hike with Friends and Family the day after Thanksgiving. It gives us the time to talk, and reminds us that the best things in life are not material. And, we are all thankful that we have our health and can get out to enjoy the out of doors.

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    Teresa C — November 15, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

    Liked you on Facebook, too

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    Vicki B — November 15, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is making cranberry sauce with different flavorings.

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    Lindsay — November 15, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

    Making pizelles and any other Christmas cookies!

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    Wendy Warren — November 15, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

    One of our favorite holiday traditions is making my Mom’s passed down recipes.

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    Wendy Warren — November 15, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

    tweeted :) )

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    Donna L. — November 15, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is eating homemade cannoli after dinner!

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    Kathy C — November 15, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

    Our tradition is to eat as much turkey and sausage and apple stuffing as possible!

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    Gary Hammond — November 15, 2012 @ 6:38 pm

    The favorite holiday tradition to me is getting everone in the family together for a christmas holiday party and meal. A great chance to eat and enjoy som family we only see once a year. Also being sometimes at different homes, a chance to taste some yummy recipes.

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    Linda B — November 15, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

    That is a beautiful plate!!

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    Susan — November 15, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

    I like Italian Food Forever on Facebook.

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    Maria L. — November 15, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

    I found your site by accident years ago…I was looking for tips on cooking squid the way my mother did. You suggested putting a wine cork in the pot while boiling & it worked out great…making it so tender!! We do it every Christmas Eve & I’ve enjoyed your site ever since!!

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    Estella miller — November 15, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

    Getting together with family to cook and bake together is my fav Holiday tradition. beautiful platter!

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    Liz M — November 15, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

    Our holidays are about family and food. Grandma’s sausage raisin stuffing, my mother- in-law’s chocolate cream pie, family stories told year after year, and the youngest to the oldest sitting around the table laughing.

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    Ann Marie Viggiano — November 15, 2012 @ 11:03 pm

    My mother would clean the apartment in Hoboken until every window, piece of furniture, tile, sink etc etc gleamed and every closet and drawer was cleaned. Then she would take out the Christmas curtains – they were so fancy that my dad had to help her get them installed to perfection. The kitchen curtains were my favorite – a pastoral scene of a man and a woman in a park–the woman on a swing and the man was standing nearby with the carriage. I would look at them and make up stories about them and tell them to Mom. Then the decorations would go up and the sparkle from the lights on freshly polished windows was magical. On Christmas Eve we’d go to her parents house and all of her brothers and sisters, husbands, wives and all my cousins would be there too. The children would always find the big bowl of zeppolis Grandma Louisa made and she would pretend to be angry at us and tell us that Santa Nicole “no come see you”. She was the cutest thing. Christmas Eve to us was truly EVE meaning that dinner began late in the evening. When the cooking of the fish began, thats when we kids stopped the mischief and paid attention. We knew magic was happening. Luckily for me my mom taught me her recipes and recently my brother came to my house and I made him spaghetti in lobster sauce. Took him way way back. Mom continued these traditions when we moved into a house in the ‘burbs and did them well into her late 70′s. Believe it or not, I am in the middle of “cleaning for Christmas” right now. The deadline for all rooms except the kitchen was Thanksgiving. Then after that, the kitchen was torn apart and cleaned. It was fun and Mom was like a General!!! Happy holidays everyone!!!

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    Joe — November 16, 2012 @ 12:25 am

    tradition each year i teach my daughter a tradition that was handed down from my grandmother or mother. fish on Christmas eve or baking cookies.

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    Rosetta from Elmwood Park — November 16, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    I really loved the first comment made! It is so true that when we have children the best and most memorable times are in the kitchen. Whether you are cooking or all eating around the table, those memories are special and something to be cherished! My sisters and I recently, in the past few years have been getting together just before my parents leave for Florida for the Winter to spend a Saturday with my mom preparing and cooking some of my mom’s best dishes so that we can somewhat put togther her recipes ( she really doesn’t measure much) and keep her memory as well as her wonderful dishes alive through us, her four daughters. We love that time together and it something that we look forward to each year to spend a whole day together cooking, laughing, talking, eating etc. Those are truly some of the best moments that could never be replaced by much of anything else! How great would a platter of my mom’s famous ricotta gnocchi look on that platter?!?!?!

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    Kelly , Moose's Madre — November 16, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    1st, I love this site….
    and the plate is beautiful! The design reminds me of the bowls that my grandmother used to serve the pasta in! She is gone now, but I still use them today!
    Let’s see…my favorite holiday tradition…..that’s easy….my mother is German, my father Italian….we have always celebrated a German Christmas, with real Candles on the Tree, and chocolate strung like ornaments and Santa coming on Christmas Eve….and then the Italian Christmas on Christmas Day with all of the family together….lots of food and laughter …lots of great memories….but the tradition I have always enjoyed is right after dinner on Christmas Eve, before the jolly old elf arrives, we would always drive around, seeing the Christmas lights around the towns or cities we have lived in…..and then upon our return, magically, Santa had been there….darn…missed him again! He just left….off to another house to deliver a gift of joy……maybe next year we will catch a glimpse!

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    Colette — November 16, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

    In December I like to out pictures of my Italian family, some people I dont know who they are, they were loved by many. I make the old family recipes, cookies pies cakes and dinners that we like to eat. It keeps the memories of family alive. Everyones favorite dish is my grandmothers sauage and spinach stuffing that was brought over here 100 yrs ago. My mouth waters as I think about it.

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    Rodolfo Galasso — November 16, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

    Every Christmas eve my family would get together and have one of the greatest seafood dinners, “dlilisous” . My aunt always made me Baccala soup which I would look forward to. Lobster, Flounder, Clams, Mussels and anchovies. The best dish was Haddock parmigiana, Haddock covered with a seasoned breading and covered with a mouth watering Tomato sauce covered with mozzarella cheese melted and draping the sides of its kill and Linguine. Those are great moments in my past because I’m one of two of who did not leave this planet yet.
    Buona fortuna a tutti!
    Buon Natale!

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    Sharon B — November 16, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is making caramels with my daughter. Actually I really love all the time she and I spend in the kitchen cooking together. I love all of the family time around the table sharing in one anothers lives.

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    Tina — November 16, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

    During my childhood it was all about spending time with family and playing with my cousins. We had to sit at the kids table during Christmas dinner but it was all worth it when my nonna gave us her scrumptious lasagna filled with ricotta, meat sauce and the tiniest little meatballs. I will never forget that lasagna with meatballs. She also always had fried eggplants that were boiled, chopped, seasoned, stuffed in the skin & fried and served as antipasti – I hated eggplant as a kid but adored them. Now I love all things eggplant and make these delicious morsels with great joy. I think they are a family favorite – they vanish fast! The plate is beautiful! My eggplants would fit perfectly… Nowadays, my family is too spread out and my husband and I have started creating our own traditions. We’ve started to make Limoncello & Arancello to give as gifts & I made Torrone last year for the first time.

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    Sharon B — November 16, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

    Following you on Pinterest. Oh my, won’t get anything done now!!

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    Sharon B — November 16, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

    “Liked” your facebook page. Will be sure to get all of your updates now.

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    Louisa C0stantino-Foley — November 16, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

    Carryng on my families’ tradition of the seven fishes on Christmas Eve,.Christmas Eve, to me, is the holiday. Making the same Italian cookies my mther made and her mother before her. Having my house lit only with candles on Christmas Eve and being surrounded by family and friends. Remembering all of my relatives who have passed on and the wonderful memories I have stored in my mind of Chistmas past.

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    Arianna — November 16, 2012 @ 11:53 pm

    Thank you, Deborah, for a beautiful website and such delicious recipes!

    There are so many things I love about Thanksgiving, but my very favorite tradition actually takes place before the meal when each person shares what they are grateful for. The comments are often reflective of things celebrated or overcome in the previous year and I am always reminded of how much sweeter our joys and rewarding our triumphs when they are experienced and expressed within the loving support of family and friends.

    And then of course, there’s the food…………..!

    The platter is beautiful! I have not made it to Umbria in either of my visits to Italy, but Deruta and the ceramic factories are top of my list for next time!! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Alexis — November 17, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    Christmas breakfast with the family – we always have the same big breakfast with music playing in the background.

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    Gary Giovanini — November 17, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

    Since our daughter, our only child, was very young we always spent Christmas Eve driving around neighborhoods in the Seattle area looking at homes decorated with Christmas lights. Since this was Christmas Eve we could never find a nice place to eat, so we always joked that our tradition was eating at a dive on Christmas Eve.

    My Daughter now lives in Denver and my wife and I are in Southern Missouri, we do not want our daughter driving home during Christmas so we now travel to Denver for Christmas, and you can be sure we are always there by Christmas Eve to search out a dive for dinner and homes decorated with lights.

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    Natasha O. — November 17, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is spending time with family!! We’re all spread apart so I really appreciate the simple basis of this holiday.

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    Jane C — November 17, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

    What a beautiful platter. I am hoping to one day get to tour Italy and will then need a larger house. Found some of your pins on Pinterest….tonight is chicken with marscapone, sundried tomatoes and spinich! Can’t wait to try your recipes!

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    Jane C — November 17, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

    PS…would Ann Marie share her recipe for spaghetti with lobster sauce with us!??

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    Jenny — November 17, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

    For me, it’s Christmas Eve when we all get together, share a special meal with everyone whoo is near and dear around the table. After dinner we open our presents and talk till late.

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    DA Fiorillo — November 17, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

    per mi la tradizione più preferita è preparando i dolci italiani con la mia famiglia, insieme in la cucina. Noi facciamo i biscotti, paneforte, pero sempre comprare le panettone da nostra panetteria favorita. (For me the favorite tradition is making Italian sweets/desserts with my family in the kitchen together. We make cookies, panforte but always buy the panettone from our favorite bakery)

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    Annette Spiers — November 17, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

    Making cocoa and a fire before anyone gets up.

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    Sue — November 17, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

    Our family makes a large Christmas pudding, boiled in a pudding cloth, each year. It is our tradition for each family member to stir the mixture just prior to it being put into the pudding cloth and boiled for 6 hours.

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    Sara Wells — November 17, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

    My favorite transition is exchanging gifts of pajamas on Christmas Eve.

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    Sara Wells — November 17, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

    I like Italian Food Forever on Facebook

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    Sara Wells — November 17, 2012 @ 7:58 pm
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    Debbie B — November 18, 2012 @ 9:30 am

    my favorite tradition is getting together with my family and getting to open just
    1 gift on Christmas eve!

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    Debbie B — November 18, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    following you on pinterest

    http://pinterest.com/texasdeb66/

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    Debbie B — November 18, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    i liked your Facebook page

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    Debbie B — November 18, 2012 @ 9:35 am
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    Sue — November 18, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    Mom cooking Thanksgiving dinner has always been a treat. An although as she grew older and we cooked more and more of the dishes , we still stepped aside so that she could make the gravy. It was alwys perfect! This is the first year she will not be with us to make the gravy and we all know it will never be the same!

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    Shari Watkins — November 18, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

    I “liked” you on Facebook. I belong to a recipe group there and share your recipes often.

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    SheilaKay Calabretta — November 18, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

    Hi, I became a fan on FB

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    SheilaKay Calabretta — November 18, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

    Hi again, I follow on Pinterest too

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    SheilaKay Calabretta — November 18, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

    Oh my, I tweeted, but don’t know how to get the url……my twit name is sazzee1947 so maybe you could find it? LOL Thanks! I love the plate….;)

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    Rita A — November 18, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

    Mom’s Lasagna for Christmas Dinner. We drool over it every year.

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    Rita A — November 18, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

    Following on Pinterest – One 2 Try

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    Rita A — November 18, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

    Liked on Facebook – drala625

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    Cherryl Gilker — November 19, 2012 @ 10:11 am

    After visiting Santa Fe one year, I like to make a traditional Christmas dish I had there: Posole. I order blue corn posole online (my favorite).

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    Sharon P. — November 19, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    The Platter is beautiful. Actually my holiday tradition is Thanksgiving, it doesn’t seem to have the pressures and stress as Christmas does. My husband and I fix a big spread on Thankgiving and ask everyone we can to come and share our food and fellowship. My Special tradition is to make homemade noodles for my Dad. My late Aunt taught me to make these, and it will forever be imbedded in my mind that you only roll out noodles on a white flour sack dish towel, of which I always keep one in the freezer in a zip lock bag. Thank you for the oppurtunity.

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    Rosetta from Elmwood Park — November 19, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

    Hoping to win this platter to serve biscotti on it with cups of freshly brewed espresso! It will look lovely displayed on a wall in the kitchen as well!

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    Tony Puccio — November 19, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

    Making Italian wedding soup. I always make it for Thanksgiving as my grandmother and then my father did. My children and grandchildren as well as my nieces and nephews always ask me about a week before the holiday if I’m going to make it. Of course, don’t I always? I think they like it better then the turkey and side dishes. Would love to win the platter. I have several pieces from Deruta, but no platter!

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    Salas — November 19, 2012 @ 11:33 pm

    Salas258@aol.com
    My Favorite holiday tradition is putting up the Christmas lights with my family

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    Linda Mele — November 20, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    Every year one week before Christmas my mom gets all the grand children , daughter in laws,her nieces, nephews, sister, myself and anyone else who eats Chrismas dinner at our home to make her teeny tiny meatballs for her famous Christmas soup known to many as Italian wedding soup. She is very particular about the size of the meatballs….They can be no larger then your pinky fingernail. It is a lot of work for just myself and her so she turned it into a tradition by saying “if you want to eat the soup you have to help roll the meatballs.” The younger ones love it and are so excited to be part of his tradition in our home. It is our favorite secondo at dinner. It is a wonderful way for everyone to socialize and catch up on each others lives since we all seem to be so busy during the year..

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    Tammy — November 20, 2012 @ 11:08 am

    Favorite holiday tradition – baking cookies! Yum!

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    Rosetta from Elmwood Park — November 20, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

    Having a wonderful family dinner can be enjoyed anytime of the year…where there is good food prepared with heartfelt love there is happiness and peace!

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    Maria L. — November 20, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

    I would love to serve our fish salad on this platter on Christmas Eve!

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    Jill Kroese — November 20, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

    Our tradition is that everyone in the family receives a new pair of pajamas on Christmas Eve, and we put them on and make cookies for Santa – and eat most of them with homemade hot chocolate.

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    Jill Kroese — November 20, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

    I followed you on FaceBook.

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    Jill Kroese — November 20, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

    I “liked” you on FaceBook, and now I follow you on Pinterest. :)

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    Jill Kroese — November 20, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

    And I re-tweeted “Enter to win a gorgeous Deruta Ceramic Platter @DebIFF Italian Food Forever http://www.italianfoodforever.com/2012/11/enter-to-win-a-deruta-ceramic-platter-for-the-holidays/ ” too.

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    Judy — November 20, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

    My favorite food tradition is stuffed artichokes, homemade minestrone soup and the best one…..GARDUNI ….Burdock picked earlier in the year and kept just for special holidays. Then of course, Christmas is time for the Cuccidati’s!!! I was very lucky to have two sicilian Nana’s who left a legacy of putting so much love into their cooking, fron homemade bread which then came homemade pizza to Sfingi drizzled with warm honey and sprinkled with powdered sugar. They will live forever in my heart.

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    Frank Sinibaldi — November 25, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

    Christmas eve fish dinner is my favorite — we have been doing it for over 60 yrs.

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