WATERBURY CHAPTER OF UNICO NATIONAL November 2013 MONTHLY NEWSLETTER Waterbury UNICO PO Box 933—Waterbury, CT 06721 www.WaterburyUNICO.com www.Facebook.com/WaterburyUNICO
Note From President I would like to thank our Chairs, Angela Buzzelli and Bob Gerace, and their Committee (Palma Famiglietti, Francine Nido, Bianca Daniels, Toni Beccia, Tom Buzzelli, James Petrauskas, Joan Pesce Veneziano, Dawn and Nicole Maiorano) for the wonderful job they did on our Italian Heritage Night. We had at least 350 people attend this wonderful event. People came up to me and thanked us for hosting this remarkable event and asking if this will be an annual event. I couldn’t have been more proud of our UNICO Organization and our Chapter! This event was very successful on many levels. As of our Board Meeting, we have gained 7 new members from this event with more promised. The good will that it gave us with our Waterbury community is immeasurable. We have sent out Certificates of
Appreciation to all our presenters that participated. Our National Director, Andre DiMino said it was the largest Italian Heritage Night that he had participated in. I could not be happier with the results. We are hosting the WARC Christmas Party on Sunday, December 8 at the Elks Club from 12 noon -3p.m.. Please volunteer for this most heart warming event. Of all the events we run ,this is one of the most gratifying. Chairs, Toni Beccia, Guy and Carol Russo are planning a wonderful Christmas Party at 6:30pm on Wednesday, Dec. 11th at Juniper’s Restaurant. It will be a deluxe buffet, with singers from Holy Cross High School, door prizes and a small play acted out by Angela Buzzelli about “La Befana”. We will have a great time. We do good works for others all year long. Toni
Inside this issue: Thanksgiving Recipe
Red Kettle Drive
Chapter Christmas Party
Photos from Heritage Night
wants our members to be dined and entertained for a change. RSVP by Dec. 5th so she can have a correct count for the buffet. We are asking our members to bring new unwrapped toys to the event for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Waterbury. Chair, Peter Ciullo, can be contacted to volunteer for the “Ringing the Bell” for the Salvation Army Red Kettle at Town Plot Supermarket on Saturday, Dec. 14th. Please help your community- the need has never been greater! In closing, I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. Let us be thankful for all that God has given us and mindful of the need of our neighbors. After all , isn’t that what the holiday is for. Yours in Unico, Joanne D’Angelo
Dinner meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 26th at 6:30pm Juniper’s Restaturant. $25/person
The BOD approved 7 new applications for membership—Anna Ascione, Marie DeLage, Bill DeMaida, Sandra Harrison, Kenneth Lamberti, Patricia Varanelli & Ronald Vitarelli. Installation will take place at the November meeting.
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Natale nel Cuore UNICAN Jerry Padula is producing a Christmas Concert at the Mattatuck Museum featuring Micheal Castaldo with special guest Marissa Famiglietti. The show will take place on Sunday, December 15th at3pm. Visit www.mattatuckmuseum.org for information and tickets.
Italian Thanksgiving When I was growing up, my family put an Italian or a French spin on every holiday. On Christmas Eve, we'd eat fish -- the feast of the seven fishes. On Easter, the Batalis would have lamb but also gnocchi alla primavera. But Thanksgiving was another story entirely. Even at the Batalis, Thanksgiving was distinctly American -- whole roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, yams with marshmallows, cranberry sauce. And my mom was famous for her apple pie. Not her crostata di mela, just a plain old Washington apple pie. Since I took control of the Thanksgiving menu, I've infused it with a little Italian-ness. I maintain the uniquely seasonal point of view of the holiday, but adapt the flavors using an Italian sensibility. Each year, I highlight a different region of the world of deliciousness. And in the indelible tradition of the Italian peninsula, that almost always includes a pasta. If you've exhausted the roast or simply don't feel like roasting, consider adding a pasta to your Thanksgiving table. Though some might object to the exclusion of turkey entirely, variety at a Thanksgiving table is irreproachable. Conchiglie ripieni dei "resti" is my easy take on a classic Italian cannelloni dish. It directly translates as shells stuffed with leftovers, but the uniquely Thanksgiving flavors make it perfect for the main event itself. The presentation is made perfect in a baking dish that travels easily from the oven to the table and looks like a million bucks. If you're making this for the holiday table, make your mashed potatoes and turkey ahead of time, and construct as instructed. Part of the reason Thanksgiving dinner is so delicious is because it activates the receptors in your brain that conjure images of Thanksgivings past. But the other reason the simple vegetable sides are so tasty is because potatoes are in season. As are green beans and Brussels sprouts. This is the bounty of Thanksgiving all'Italiano. This year, I'm highlighting Tuscany and Umbria -- there's a lot of Brunello I want to bring along.
Conchiglie ripieni dei "resti" Holiday stuffed shells
Congratulations Congratulations to Dave Cassetti, newlyelected Mayor of Ansonia!!!! Dave is the long-time President of the Ansonia-Derby UNICO Chapterâ€”some of you may have met him at his monthly porketta dinners! Best of luck to him as he guides the City of Ansonia.
1 lb. largest shell-shaped pasta for stuffing 1 cup leftover mashed potatoes 2 cups leftover turkey chopped in the food processor, preferably from the legs and thighs 1 cup ricotta 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus 1/4 cup 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 cups spicy tomato sauce, a good brand like Emeril's Preheat oven to 375 F. Bring 8 quarts water to the boil and add 2 tablespoons salt. Drop the shells into the water and cook until 3 minutes short of the suggested cooking time, and then drain them in a colander and shock them in ice water until very cold. Place in a colander lined with paper towels to dry and rest. Meanwhile, mix the spuds, chopped turkey, ricotta, 1/2 cup Parmigiano and the nutmeg in a bowl until homogenous. Grease a 10- by 12-inch baking dish with the extra virgin olive oil and set aside. Carefully stuff each shell with 2-3 tablespoons of the turkey/spud mixture and lay each one open side up in the baking dish, next to one another but not too crowded to squeeze each other. Spoon a good tablespoon of the tomato sauce over each shell and then sprinkle the remaining grated cheese over all. Bake in the oven till very hot and kind of dryish on the top, about 40 minutes. Remove and serve. (c)2013, MARIO BATALI. DISTRIBUTED BY TRIBUNE CONTENT AGENCY, LLC
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Monthly Meeting Schedule (Sept-June) Board of Directors – 2nd Tuesday 6:30 pm - Our Lady of Lourdes Church Hall Regular Dinner Meeting– 4th Tuesday - 6:30pm - Juniper’s Restaurant
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WARC Christmas Party Sunday December 8th Noon—3pm Waterbury Elks West Main Street—Waterbury Want to feel good this holiday season? Join us to help serve pizza, soda & ice cream while having fun and spreading holiday cheer! Contact Dr. D’Angelo at 203.598.0501 if you can attend.
Red Kettle Drive for Salvation Army Saturday— December 14th Town Plot IGA One-hour shifts available Contact Peter Ciullo at 203.574.0503 regarding scheduling.
Chapter Christmas Party Wednesday—December 11th—6:30pm Juniper’s Restaurant—Middlebury Extensive Buffet—Entertainment $30.00 per Person [Please
bring a new unwrapped toy for donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Waterbury]
RSVP by December 5th Return completed form and payment [Make checks payable to Waterbury UNICO] to: Toni Beccia -150 Acme Drive—Middlebury, CT 06762
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