Sunday, January 3, 2016

New Year in Pisa



My heart, it is full with the visit of my daughter. My American daughter, Robbie Jordan! I am  Roberto Fracasso, her Italian father, but her mother never told us about each other. Grazie a Robbie's persistence, she discovered me, and now I never let her go.

She came to visit us after Christmas here in Pisa. What a reunion we had, if you can call it that when we never met before. She met my lovely wife, Maria, my adult children, and even my little grandson. 

And what a feast we had for Capodanno! Here we celebrate abundance on New Year’s day.
Picture from http://www.walksofitaly.com
We eat the rich meal of risotto, lentils, and pork sausage. We make a practice to throw old pans out the window, and everybody wears red underwear (under their clothes). And of course there are fireworks!


I'm so happy she came to visit. Now Maria and I, we plan a visit to Robbie in the spring. We will eat pancakes at her restaurant and explore that beautiful part of the United States, Brown County, Indiana, where I met her mama Jeanine so many years ago.

What is your favorite New Year's food? Maddie Day will give away a copy of FLIPPED to one commenter!

Amazon-bestselling and Agatha-nominated author Edith Maxwell (aka Maddie Day and Tace Baker) writes four mystery series, as well as award-winning short stories. Maxwell lives in an antique house north of Boston with her beau and three cats. She blogs every weekday with the other Wicked Cozy Authors (wickedcozyauthors.com). You can also find her at www.edithmaxwell.com, @edithmaxwell, on Pinterest, and at www.facebook.com/EdithMaxwellAuthor.

42 comments:

  1. I like the basics on New Year's Day - ham, macaroni and cheese, green beans and baked beans
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  2. My Southern American heritage calls for black-eyed peas on New Year's Day, and I still enjoy them and feel a bit lost without them. But as an ex-pat who has lived in Rome for the past 13 years, I endorse lentils and sausages on New Year's Eve like all Italians (see the post above!). Traditionally, the sausage is cotechino, which is basically a stuffed pig's foot (which I can't bear to eat). I opt for other types of sausage--especially one made with ham. I often take the leftover lentils and black-eyed peas and combine them into a salad a couple of days later.

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    1. I'm glad my research was accurate, Patricia!

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  3. My Mom makes rum cake for New Years.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  4. We always go out for a big breakfast on New Year's day!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  5. Every New Year's Day we have pork roast and sauerkraut. lkleback@hotmail.com

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    1. Pork roast sounds great. Personally not a fan of sauerkraut!

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    2. My Pennsylvania friend has that. When I've visited her for New Year's, we've always eaten that.

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  6. To be quite honest my favorite New Year's food is anything I DON'T HAVE TO PREPARE! We go out for dinner with friends and pick a new place each year. Sometimes we even take in a late movie at the local theater. With luck we'll still be awake when the Ball Drops in Times Square.

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  7. When I was a young girl, back in the 1960s, my grandmother always made cooked cabbage with silver coins in it. If you found money in your cabbage it was supposed to bring you good luck financially for the rest of the year. I do this with my grandkids today as a way of keeping a family tradition alive. They don't really eat the cabbage, but they enjoy finding the coins. So this is my favorite New Year's food.

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  8. Our family tradition has always been pork roast and sauerkraut, this year I didn't make it on New Year's since hubby and youngest were working late and oldest wasn't feeling well and everything tasted funny to her. Today will be our New Year dinner.

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    1. Not starting the New Year too well, I forgot my email, I guess that's what happens when you don't make New Year's dinner on New Year's day, LOL.
      momzillasteel at gmail dot com

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  9. As a Texan, one must have black eyed peas, which I thoroughly dislike, and tamales. Pasole is usually on the menu, too

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    1. Oops, I forgot to include my contact information. Dmskrug3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  10. I make steamed shrimp in beer for the family. We watch football games and munch on lots of seafood. mbquilts4@aol.com.

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  11. Every year I cook a huge cabbage roll casserole and black eyed peas.

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  12. Each year I make Eggplant Parmesan with a kale salad and bruschetta. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. A tradition is a roast chicken with roasted veggies, apple cake and lots of fun. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  14. New Year traditions always herald a new beginning...healthy, maybe even adventurous choices. So, traditionally meals include chicken, fish, lots of roasted vegetables, whole grains, and yogurt desserts. Then the sun rises on January 2... kat8762@aol.com

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  15. It's all about the sweets. Staying up late eating sweet stuff then passing out. Hehe this year I was reading eating chocolate chip cookies. saracarver07@gmail.com

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  16. Growing up we had black eyed peas or good luck--although who can eat 365?
    Since I married we have worked into a New Years day meal that includes lobster, usually in a cream sauce with mushrooms, over pasta.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  17. My dad was born in a small village{ still small} 35 miles from Milan. Rice country but we always had Malfatti for New Years. The thing I always remember the best is the sitting around the table and talking. My oldest son always loved going visiting with papa because everyone fed him. Happy 2016. Ruth Nixon ruthenixon@sbcglobal.net

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  18. Our family has always had a baked ham for New Year's Day. A good ham is just wonderful.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  19. We always have sausage pie on New Years. My Italian grandmothers recipe.
    babemomara@att.net

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  20. Have to have ham on New Year day. I usually make scalloped potatoes and ham. Would really enjoy reading your new book.
    diannekc8@gmail.com

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  21. Favorite food for New Year's Day is Pot Roast with carrots and mashed potatoes. Yummy! elisanabby at gmail dot com

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  22. i always eat long skinny noodles (like spaghetti) on new years for a
    long life! (wit something green, for wealth)

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  23. We always eat black eyed peas, greens and cornbread after the stroke of midnight and for the first meal on New Years Day. I used to hate it, but have grown to love it now. kayt18(at)comcast(dot)net

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  24. My family doesn't have a special food for New Years. We're all about turkey for Thanksgiving and Christmas!

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  25. Quite frankly I think we are still eating leftovers from Christmas!!

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  26. Homemade Chex mix. I love the stuff! Especially with thin pretzels that can fit inside of the Cheerios.

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  27. Even though I am in the south we do not eat greens and black eyed peas on New Years. I prefer Rack of Lamd.

    gibsonbk at hiwaay dot net

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  28. New Year's day is my oldest child's birthday. Our tradition is that the birthday person picks the menu/restaurant. His favorite: Pizza and chicken wings at Grandma and Grandpa's house. Cheers@MarjimManor.com

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  29. We like to eat just about anything. We are not really picky. Hahahaha! Sherylhbooth@gmail.com

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  30. I love all these food ideas! Happy to announce that Sue Farrell is our randomly selected winner of FLIPPED FOR MURDER! Congratulations, Sue. I'll send you an email. Happy New Year to all.

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  31. On New Year's Day we have sauerkraut, some form of pork (either chops or a roast), applesauce, and either mashed potatoes or stuffing. It's usually a quiet day for us so we kick our feet up and chill. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  32. Our New Years dinner is usually pork and saurkraut (baked) with mashed potatoes as the side dish. Dont know if it really brings good luck or not but it is so good to eat.
    amhengst AT verizon DOT net

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  33. chocolate, of course. In any form
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