Let’s Talk Turkey

Here’s a little Thanksgiving turkey talk to discuss around the table.

Did you know?

Thanksgiving became a national holiday all thanks to a woman named Sarah Hale. An American writer, the author of Mary had a Little Lamb, a poet and editor of a ladies magazine, The Godey’s Lady’s book.

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She hand wrote letters to congress for years to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday.

Of the 102 original Pilgrims that came over on the Mayflower

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only 50 survived to celebrate Thanksgiving. Five of those fifty were woman who served the meal.

We’ve all heard the term Tom Turkey in regard to the male turkey. How did that name come about? It seems Ben Franklin was upset with Thomas Jefferson when he refused to have the turkey as our National bird.

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So Ben, mockingly called the turkey “Tom Turkey” after him.

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In 1947 President Harry Truman started the annual tradition of pardoning a turkey.

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The turkey, after its pardoning goes to a public farm in Herndon Virginia.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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Memorial Day and the United States Flag

 

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On Memorial day, the United States of America’s flag is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-mast position, where it remains until noon. After the hour of noon the flag is raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

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The half-mast position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service for their country.

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The flag, raised by the living, symbolically means a promise to not let the memory of our service men and women’s sacrifice be in vain.

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Judy DeLuca’s Latest Novel

Towel Dry and a Good Cry is about a young girl, new to the hairdressing business, that learns all too quick that there is more to standing behind the chair than just cutting hair.  A story full of laughs and tears lies and fears with characters you’ll love, hate or will leave your jaw hanging open!

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The Legend of the Easter Egg

For Christians, the Easter egg is the reminder of Jesus rising from His tomb and bringing new life.  The hard shell of the egg represents the sealed tomb of Christ and the inside of the egg, containing new life sealed within, represents His resurrection from the dead.

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The Easter egg originated by Christians of Mesopotamia who stained the eggs red in memory of the blood of Christ shed at His crucifixion.  The Christian Church officially adopted the custom, regarding the eggs as a symbol of the resurrection in A.D. 1610.

Legend has it Mary Magdalene was bringing cooked eggs to share with the other women at the tomb of Jesus, and the eggs in her basket turned brilliant red when she saw the risen Christ.

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Today, coloring eggs in bright colors holds tradition as well as chocolate eggs.Easter eggschocolate egg

 

Judy DeLuca’s Latest Novel

Towel Dry and a Good Cry is about a young girl, new to the hairdressing business, that learns all too quick that there is more to standing behind the chair than just cutting hair.  A story full of laughs and tears lies and fears with characters you’ll love, hate or will leave your jaw hanging open!

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Legend of the Lenten Pretzel

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The pretzel, being symbolic of prayer and penance during Lent, is a small but powerful instrument in bringing families to God.

Lent is a period of fasting and self-denial.  Praying, fasting and penance, at this time, is an imitation of our Lord’s fasting for forty days and forty nights in preparation for Easter.

In the Roman Empire the faithful kept a strict fast.  No milk, butter, cheese eggs, cream or meat were eaten during Lent.  They made small breads of water, flour and salt to remind them that Lent was a time for pray and penance.  They shaped these breads in the form of crossed arms for in those days they crossed their arms over the breast while praying.  They called the breads “little arms” (bracellae). From this Latin word Germanic people named them pretzels.

Many Christians follow this tradition with their children and I’ve included a little story of how Josie and her family celebrate this tradition in my sequel to Towel Dry and a Good Cry , Towel Dry and an Alibi, that I’m currently working on.

Judy DeLuca’s Latest Novel

Towel Dry and a Good Cry is about a young girl, new to the hairdressing business, that learns all too quick that there is more to standing behind the chair than just cutting hair.  A story full of laughs and tears lies and fears with characters you’ll love, hate or will leave your jaw hanging open!

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Hanging Christmas Stockings By The Fireplace and How It All Started

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How did hanging Christmas stocking’s by the fireplace all start? Well, it all begins with Saint Nikolaus, also known as Nikolaus Von Myra and Nikolaus of Bari. Born March 15, 270 and died December 6, 343. St. Nikolaus had a reputation of secret gift giving, putting coins in shoes of the poor who left them out for him. He eventually became the model for Santa Claus.

As legend has it, a recently widowed man and the father of three girls was poverty-stricken and was worried that their impoverished status would make it impossible for the girls to marry.

St. Nikolaus was wandering through the town where the man lived and heard the villagers discussing that family’s situation. St. Nikolaus wanted to help but knew the man would refuse any kind of charity directly. Instead, one night, St. Nikolaus slid down the chimney of the family’s house and filled the girl’s recently laundered stockings, which happened to be drying by the fire, with gold coins.

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The girls awoke in the morning, overjoyed upon discovering the bounty. Because St. Nicholaus’ generosity, the daughters were now eligible to wed and their father could rest easy that they wouldn’t fall into lonely despair.

Although this story seems far-fetched, this tale of unknown origin and date is widely referenced when it comes to the history of the Christmas stocking.

There is a holiday commemorating St. Nikolaus on December  6th,  Saint Nicholas Day.

Judy DeLuca’s Latest Novel

Towel Dry and a Good Cry is about a young girl, new to the hairdressing business, that learns all too quick that there is more to standing behind the chair than just cutting hair.  A story full of laughs and tears lies and fears with characters you’ll love, hate or will leave your jaw hanging open!

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An Italian Wedding Tradition

I was reminded of an old Italian Wedding tradition recently after attending my nephews wedding and thought I would pass this on. Each guest received a gift of five sugar coated almonds with a note attached.

 

 

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The note on this Italian wedding tradition said:  “Five sugared almonds for each guest to  eat, to remind us that life is both bitter and sweet. Five almonds represent five wishes for the new bride and groom–health, wealth, happiness, children and a long life!”

Judy DeLuca’s Latest Novel

Towel Dry and a Good Cry is about a young girl, new to the hairdressing business, that learns all too quick that there is more to standing behind the chair than just cutting hair.  A story full of laughs and tears lies and fears with characters you’ll love, hate or will leave your jaw hanging open!

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A Hairdresser’s Christmas Story

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A Christmas Story

By: Judy De Luca

The slightly stooped woman left a Christmas gift on the hairdresser’s station on her way out of the salon. “Put it under your tree,” she had said. But the hairdresser opened the gift her longtime client gave her as soon as she got home.

The woman was old school, brought up by immigrant parents who valued life, loved their neighbor and went to church every Sunday. She had always been an active member of her church and raised her own children in the strict moral values her parents instilled in her.

And when the Lord took her soul mate, her last memory holding his hand while he took his last breath, she fought the loneliness that gripped her by doing even more volunteer work for her church, taking pleasure in helping others. The ladies sodality collected toys for under privileged children in the community every Christmas and she was elected chairperson this year.

The woman, not being an extravagant woman in any way, chose her Christmas gifts carefully, choosing the perfect gift, in her eyes, for the person she was buying for. Her grandchildren were easy, and so were the women, it was the men she had a hard time with.  Her hairdresser was fun to buy for and she never forgot her at Christmas.  Her hairdresser was responsible for her hair looking good not to mention, that poor girl listening to her cry and cry over the husband’s death and all her other woe’s throughout the year.

The hairdresser, at it for ten years, had many clients she felt were like family, a unique bond brought on by her profession.  She was good at what she did, had the real talent, and was also good at talking and pampering her customers, creating herself a little empire of loyal followers at one of the better middle class salons in the area.  A single girl, trying to make it on her own, was a little down on her luck this Christmas season.  While her friends were out partying and spending money, she stayed home and saved hers, purchasing a three room condo six months ago.  It was her pride and joy, her little place to call home and she had earned it with her hard work.  Most of her tip money went into fixing her little place up.  But life kept getting in the way for the hairdresser. First it was the horrific toothache that led to a root canal, an expense she wasn’t counting on and a week later the alternator went in her car, another expense that put her budget behind and now the mortgage was about due. The hairdresser loved Christmas time because it is the busiest time of the year and the time of year that she made the most money.  The extra tight bookings couldn’t be helped with all the up do’s and blow dry’s for Christmas parties and that meant more money along with Christmas gifts and extra tips.  She was hoping to make the extra money to pay the mortgage and to buy her parents and brother a Christmas gift.

She ripped open the wrapping paper in her hurried excitement, tore through the tissue paper, to reveal a chrome rimmed sink strainer. She allowed the barest chuckle and smiled to no one but herself. Then her eyes became tearful as she pictured this sweet, practical woman walking down the aisles of the five and ten looking for a gift especially for her, chosen out of love. The hairdresser’s soul filled with the Christmas spirit as she laid the gift under her tabletop ceramic Christmas tree her mother had given her.

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Christmas Tree Tidbit

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I recently learned something that I thought I’d share in the light of the Christmas season. Each year, 3.5 million American families bring real Christmas trees into their home. This custom was first introduced in the United States in 1842, by Charles Minnegerode at Williamsburg, Virginia. His tree was described as “splendidly decorated” with strings of popcorn, gilded nuts and lighted candles.

The fourteen president of the United States, Franklin Pierce, was the first president to set up a Christmas tree in the White House.

Judy DeLuca’s latest novel

Towel Dry and a Good Cry is about a young girl, new to the hairdressing business, that learns all too quick that there is more to standing behind the chair than just cutting hair.  A story full of laughs and tears lies and fears with characters you’ll love, hate or will leave your jaw hanging open!

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Holiday Fruitcake

This is the time of year I start seeing Holiday Fruitcakes out in the stores and they make me think of my late mother. Not that I don’t think of her everyday but, my mother had a holiday fruitcake recipe she loved to bake (and eat) around the holidays, called Holiday Jewels. They were shaped like bonbons. She was quite the baker, one of many talents she had. Even though I didn’t particularly like holiday fruitcake, I looked forward to having one of those Jewels right out of the oven every year.

If you love fruitcake and want a different way to make it, this is a great recipe. My mother would be mortified if she knew I was posting her original hand typed recipe, typo’s and all, for the public to see!

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Judy DeLuca’s latest novel

Towel Dry and a Good Cry is about a young girl, new to the hairdressing business, that learns all too quick that there is more to standing behind the chair than just cutting hair.  A story full of laughs and tears lies and fears with characters you’ll love, hate or will leave your jaw hanging open!

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Typical Josie’s Mother

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Josie Capelli, the main character in my enovel, Towel Dry and a Good Cry, has an overbearing, overprotective, Italian Catholic mother. This scene was taken from the novel. Two of Josie’s brother’s go at it while they are visiting their parents and her mother takes charge of the situation.  Mind you, the brothers are in their mid-twenties!

“Now, boys,” my mother intervened. “Let’s go in and discuss this.”

“And you.” She grabbed Tony’s ear and proceeded to pull him in the house, “Stop annoying your brother.”

“Oww,” Tony squealed.

She let go of his ear when they got to the steps and slapped him upside the back of his head. He looked over his shoulder at me and rolled his eyes. I laughed silently and pointed my finger at him and mouthed, “Ha ha.” At least someone else but me was getting my mother’s wrath. He gave me the finger behind his back.

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Fashion Accessories of the 80’s

I don’t think anything will surpass the styles of the 80’s! The fashion accessories of the 80’s, the clothing and the hair were crazy.  As a hairdresser in the 80’s I lived through it all and thought it was a great time frame to set my novel, Towel Dry and a Good Cry, in.  If you’re a hairdresser or have ever stepped foot in a salon or lived through the eighties this is a must read.  If you’re Catholic or Italian, prepare for a lot of laughs. Join Josie Capelli, the main character, in this heartfelt story of truth, trust and love.

Here are some great fashion accessories of the 80’s:

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Judy DeLuca’s latest novel

Towel Dry and a Good Cry is about a young girl, new to the hairdressing business, that learns all too quick that there is more to standing behind the chair than just cutting hair.  A story full of laughs and tears lies and fears with characters you’ll love, hate or will leave your jaw hanging open!

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The Legend of the Easter Egg

For Christians, the Easter egg is the reminder of Jesus rising from His tomb and bringing new life.  The hard shell of the egg represents the sealed tomb of Christ and the inside of the egg, containing new life sealed within, represents His resurrection from the dead.

risen Christ

The Easter egg originated by Christians of Mesopotamia who stained the eggs red in memory of the blood of Christ shed at His crucifixion.  The Christian Church officially adopted the custom, regarding the eggs as a symbol of the resurrection in A.D. 1610.

Legend has it Mary Magdalene was bringing cooked eggs to share with the other women at the tomb of Jesus, and the eggs in her basket turned brilliant red when she saw the risen Christ.

red egg

Today, coloring eggs in bright colors holds tradition as well as chocolate eggs.Easter eggschocolate egg

 

Judy DeLuca’s Latest Novel

Towel Dry and a Good Cry is about a young girl, new to the hairdressing business, that learns all too quick that there is more to standing behind the chair than just cutting hair.  A story full of laughs and tears lies and fears with characters you’ll love, hate or will leave your jaw hanging open!

Available at your favorite ebook store

www.youtube.com/toweldryandagoodcry

www.facebook.com/judydelucaauthor

 

 

 

Legend of the Lenten Pretzel

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The pretzel, being symbolic of prayer and penance during Lent, is a small but powerful instrument in bring families to God.

Lent is a period of fasting and self-denial.  Praying, fasting and penance, at this time, is an imitation of our Lord’s fasting for forty days and forty nights in preparation for Easter.

In the Roman Empire the faithful kept a strict fast.  No milk, butter, cheese eggs, cream or meat were eaten during Lent.  They made small breads of water, flour and salt to remind them that Lent was a time for pray and penance.  They shaped these breads in the form of crossed arms for in those days they crossed their arms over the breast while praying.  They called the breads “little arms” (bracellae). From this Latin word Germanic people named them pretzels.

Many Christians follow this tradition with their children and I’ve included a little story of how Josie and her family celebrate this tradition in my sequel to Towel Dry and a Good Cry , Towel Dry and an Alibi, that I’m currently working on.

Judy DeLuca’s Latest Novel

Towel Dry and a Good Cry is about a young girl, new to the hairdressing business, that learns all too quick that there is more to standing behind the chair than just cutting hair.  A story full of laughs and tears lies and fears with characters you’ll love, hate or will leave your jaw hanging open!

Available at your favorite ebook store

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Happy St. Josephs Day

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I’m currently writing the sequel to my first novel Towel Dry and a Good Cry, entitled Towel Dry and an Alibi. In the story, Josie and her family are celebrating St. Josephs Day, a Christian holiday. Here is a direct quote from the sequel, (still untitled!).

There is a Catholic tradition my mother makes a big deal out of every year on March 19, St. Josephs Day. The focus of this holiday is on “St. Josephs Table,” a feast that includes breads, vegetables, egg dishes, pasta and desserts.  It’s like a Catholic Thanksgiving, to me.  Legend has it, during the medieval drought and famine, Sicilians prayed to St. Joseph, the patron of workers and the guardian of family. When the famine subsided, they attributed it to the saint and promised to honor him each year with a feast. The main pasta dish my mother always prepared was a meatless red sauce, (it’s Lent) with anchovies and topped with bread crumbs to represent the sawdust, a nod to the saint’s connection with the working man.

Judy DeLuca’s Latest Novel

Towel Dry and a Good Cry is about a young girl, new to the hairdressing business, that learns all too quick that there is more to standing behind the chair than just cutting hair.  A story full of laughs and tears lies and fears with characters you’ll love, hate or will leave your jaw hanging open!

Available at your favorite ebook store

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Minestrone Soup

Fall is upon us. Crisp mornings and cool nights are the beginnings of bunkering down for the approaching winter.  A change of weather, different harvest, different foods.  Makes me think of an afghan, a good book, a hearty soup and a hunk of Italian bread.

This authentic recipe for Minestrone Soup comes from an old woman who brought this way of cooking over with her from the Old Country.  Her generation would be similar to Josie’s grandmother in my novel, Towel Dry and a Good Cry, a recipe that Josie would pass down to the next generation, for sure.

La Minestra

1 cup white navy or pea beans

1 fresh prosciutto bone with meat attached

½ pound pepperoni cut in chunks, or 2 pigs’ feet, drained, rinsed well

7-8 garlic cloves, crushed

1 large Savory cabbage, outer leaves removed, quartered

½ cup olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Dried red pepper flakes for garnish

  1. Wash the beans well, removing any imperfect ones.  Soak overnight.
  2. Soak the prosciutto bone for 6 to 8 hours in a bowl of water in the refrigerator, changing water often.
  3. Boil 6 cups of water.  Gradually add the beans to the bowling water.  Simmer 2 minutes, and remove from heat.  Set aside to soak for 1 hour.  Then rinse beans and strain.
  4. Boil the prosciutto bone and the meat of your choice for 20 minutes.  Rinse and strain.  This will remove any fat residue.
  5. Put the clean prosciutto bone, your chosen meat, and the prepared beans in a large heavy pot.  Cover with cold water to an inch over the bone and beans.  Add 3 cloves of garlic.  When the water comes to a boil, lower the heat and simmer.  When prosciutto meat starts to pull away from the bone (about 30 minutes), shut off the heat.  Separate meat from the prosciutto bone and put the meat back in the pot.
  6. In a separate large pot, cook the cabbage until tender.  Do not overcook.  Strain, reserving some of the liquid.  Put the cabbage in the pot with the beans and prosciutto.
  7. Fry 4 or 5 cloves of garlic in the ½ cup of olive oil until brown.  Add to the cabbage and beans.  If the sauce seems too thick, add some of the cabbage broth.  Simmer the mixture for 5 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon.  Add salt and pepper to taste (be careful with salt, as prosciutto and pepperoni are highly salted).
  8. Remove the pan from the heat and let rest for at least 2 hours so that all the flavors will be well combined.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

It’s excellent with crusty Italian round bread.

Judy DeLuca’s Latest Novel

Towel Dry and a Good Cry is about a young girl, new to the hairdressing business, that learns all too quick that there is more to standing behind the chair than just cutting hair.  A story full of laughs and tears lies and fears with characters you’ll love, hate or will leave your jaw hanging open!

Available at your favorite ebook store

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