Lou and I are both sicilian and have always celebrated the feast of St. Joseph on March 19th. Since the 19th is a Monday, I'm making a traditional dinner tonight, instead.
In honour of St. Patrick, we're opening with Paddy Cocktails (will you look at the pagan celebrating the saints
....it's all about tradition, folks
First course is fresh mozzarella salad with plum tomatoes and cured olives.
Main course is Pasta y sarde con finocchio...which translates to pasta and sardines with fennel. I add toasted pignoli nuts, wine soaked raisins and diced tomato to the pan when I sautee the garlic and fennel. Add the sardines and bucatini pasta (bucatini is spaghetti like, but hollow). Then, you add toasted breadcrumbs to the plate before you serve.
I'm making italian bread as I type...just took the biga out of the fridge.
Dessert is also traditional - san guiseppe zeppoles - it's like a giant cream puff with a lighter than usual canoli filling.
I have a zinfandel for the dinner and Martel vs for dessert.
I never cared for this dish when I was a kid but I love it now.