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Old 11-26-2008, 11:35 AM
 
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Happy Thanksgiving to you as well - glad to hear you will be feasting! What a lovely post. You caused a tear to form, but in a good nostalgic way.

My grandmother was Italian - one of 16! and our holidays consisted of all you described ... and then some. I am one of six children with a large extended family ... can't get away from 'em! And wouldn't want to. Well, last year we were in Chile at Thanksgiving. There will be about 30 of us tomorrow in one house up in Vernon ... thankfully it is just large enough. Phew!

Oh! And make the lasagna and report back as to how it turned out!
Oh no! Now I HAVE to make the lasagna! A friend was just telling me on the phone that Stouffer's makes good lasagna (and for frozen food, it IS good), but I told her it's not even close to our family recipe. I haven't tasted the family lasagna since my Dad made it for me when he lived in Tucson back in the early 90's, so it's about time. It's not difficult to do -- just takes a lot of time with the sauce and meat, then the layering with the ricotta and so forth (can you believe some people use cottage cheese? No way!!).

I knew NJMike would agree on the Italian food. As for New Year's, I don't even stay up anymore except if I hear somebody shooting off fireworks at midnight. One glass of wine at a time is about my speed, so that wouldn't affect my appetite. I just bought a small 6-bottle wine cooler for my kitchen counter, and yesterday went out and bought 6 bottles of wine to stash in it, so I'm all set for the winter. I don't care about New Year's at all -- by then, I've had enough of the holidays, and suspect I've got a lot of company on that score.
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Old 11-26-2008, 07:40 PM
 
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Oh no! Now I HAVE to make the lasagna! A friend was just telling me on the phone that Stouffer's makes good lasagna (and for frozen food, it IS good), but I told her it's not even close to our family recipe. I haven't tasted the family lasagna since my Dad made it for me when he lived in Tucson back in the early 90's, so it's about time. It's not difficult to do -- just takes a lot of time with the sauce and meat, then the layering with the ricotta and so forth (can you believe some people use cottage cheese? No way!!).

I knew NJMike would agree on the Italian food. As for New Year's, I don't even stay up anymore except if I hear somebody shooting off fireworks at midnight. One glass of wine at a time is about my speed, so that wouldn't affect my appetite. I just bought a small 6-bottle wine cooler for my kitchen counter, and yesterday went out and bought 6 bottles of wine to stash in it, so I'm all set for the winter. I don't care about New Year's at all -- by then, I've had enough of the holidays, and suspect I've got a lot of company on that score.
I think my parents lied to me about not being Italian!!! I even talk with my hands.
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Old 11-26-2008, 07:48 PM
 
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I think that's just a NJ thing in general
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Old 11-26-2008, 07:51 PM
 
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Carbs, carbs and more carbs! I can feel my sugar levels rising! Curses!
Bring on the carbs, I can handle them.
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Old 11-26-2008, 07:52 PM
 
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I think that's just a NJ thing in general
Tie my hands behind my back and I have a hard time talking.
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Old 11-26-2008, 07:53 PM
 
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I don't
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Old 11-26-2008, 08:03 PM
 
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I don't
It's something I picked up as a kid. Must have been the environment.
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Old 11-28-2008, 04:16 PM
 
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Oh no! Now I HAVE to make the lasagna! A friend was just telling me on the phone that Stouffer's makes good lasagna (and for frozen food, it IS good), but I told her it's not even close to our family recipe. I haven't tasted the family lasagna since my Dad made it for me when he lived in Tucson back in the early 90's, so it's about time. It's not difficult to do -- just takes a lot of time with the sauce and meat, then the layering with the ricotta and so forth (can you believe some people use cottage cheese? No way!!).

I knew NJMike would agree on the Italian food. As for New Year's, I don't even stay up anymore except if I hear somebody shooting off fireworks at midnight. One glass of wine at a time is about my speed, so that wouldn't affect my appetite. I just bought a small 6-bottle wine cooler for my kitchen counter, and yesterday went out and bought 6 bottles of wine to stash in it, so I'm all set for the winter. I don't care about New Year's at all -- by then, I've had enough of the holidays, and suspect I've got a lot of company on that score.
New Year's Eve doesn't have the attraction, for me, that it had years ago. Maybe because I've worked the last few.
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Old 11-28-2008, 05:41 PM
 
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New Year's Eve doesn't have the attraction, for me, that it had years ago. Maybe because I've worked the last few.
My main problem with New Year's Eve is drunks on the road. Plus I guess when I was a kid, I used to get sad on that night because another great year had passed, or maybe because I felt left out of the fun. I always thought it would be great to be at Times Square, but Dad told me it was a bad scene with all kinds of jerks around and stuff like that. My folks, though good people, were very conservative socially -- they probably had their reasons. Everybody has a story to tell about why they are the way they are.

So, I never made it to Times Square on New Years, but on 12/15/65, I went to NYC with my school roommate and had a fantastic time taking in all the sights. A fluffy snow fell all day -- just gorgeous with all the lights. We had our first "legal" drink at Stouffer's. We wanted to eat at Top of the Six's, but the wait was too long, so we went to Stouffer's. We were in the city from early in the morning till about 9 or 10 at night, then hopped the bus for Montclair. It's still one of my best memories.

Oh, and, I also talk with my hands -- is there any other way? My Italian Dad didn't use his hands much, so I wonder where I picked it up. Maybe from my Godfather/uncle who came from Naples in 1920 and had a very thick Italian accent -- and a temper to go with it.

With 43 years between me and NJ, I still like to see the Rockettes at the Macy's Parade, and yesterday was no exception. Hope you all had a great feast day.
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Old 11-28-2008, 05:49 PM
 
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My main problem with New Year's Eve is drunks on the road. Plus I guess when I was a kid, I used to get sad on that night because another great year had passed, or maybe because I felt left out of the fun. I always thought it would be great to be at Times Square, but Dad told me it was a bad scene with all kinds of jerks around and stuff like that. My folks, though good people, were very conservative socially -- they probably had their reasons. Everybody has a story to tell about why they are the way they are.

So, I never made it to Times Square on New Years, but on 12/15/65, I went to NYC with my school roommate and had a fantastic time taking in all the sights. A fluffy snow fell all day -- just gorgeous with all the lights. We had our first "legal" drink at Stouffer's. We wanted to eat at Top of the Six's, but the wait was too long, so we went to Stouffer's. We were in the city from early in the morning till about 9 or 10 at night, then hopped the bus for Montclair. It's still one of my best memories.

Oh, and, I also talk with my hands -- is there any other way? My Italian Dad didn't use his hands much, so I wonder where I picked it up. Maybe from my Godfather/uncle who came from Naples in 1920 and had a very thick Italian accent -- and a temper to go with it.

With 43 years between me and NJ, I still like to see the Rockettes at the Macy's Parade, and yesterday was no exception. Hope you all had a great feast day.
I managed to get to Times Square for New Year's Eve 1999/2000. The crowd was extremely large but there were no problems. I think NYPD arrested 6 people for "on street drinking" even though the drinkers were behaving. The crowd was controlled for being so large. Of course the large police presence had a lot to do with it.

It satisfied my wanting to be there for New Year's Eve so I probably won't do it again. The same goes for watching the Macy's parade and watching the balloons being blown up the night before. All were interesting but not habit forming.
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