Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Biscotti on Mar 19: the Italian celebration of a St Joseph's altar

Originally uploaded by *reesie*.
A Sicilan legend says that during a terrible drought the common people of the rocky island had only fava beans to eat. They appealed to St Joseph and the rains came. In thankfulness they built an altar of food - and welcomed the community to eat.

New Orleans Sicilians are well known for carrying on the tradition. In S'port, according to The Times, you can observe the celebration at St Joseph, St Pius X and Mary, Queen of Peace churches.

Biscotti are hard bread slices - baked with nuts or fruit or seeds - to be eaten on an espresso break.

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