September, 2009  NEWSLETTER

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Celebrating 25 Years of Awareness, Education, and Empowerment

The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) organization is a partnership of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to screening services.

In 2009, NBCAM celebrates its 25th anniversary. Since its inception a quarter century ago, NBCAM has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues and has evolved along with the national dialogue on breast cancer. Today, NBCAM recognizes that although many great strides have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, there remains much to be accomplished. As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we remain dedicated to educating and empowering women to take charge of their own breast health by practicing regular self-breast exams to identify any changes, scheduling regular visits and annual mammograms with their healthcare provider, adhering to prescribed treatment, and knowing the facts about recurrence.

While October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Web site is a year-round resource for breast cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and the general public. We encourage you to visit our site in October and regularly throughout the year as we add updated breast cancer information and resources.

Pink Ribbon Cookies
Special for October

Give a Gift of Special Cookies
Help Support Breast Cancer Research

1 dozen Almond Flavored Cookies featuring
the Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon
$12.97 per dozen plus shipping
$1.00 per dozen will be donated to Breast Cancer Research

Last day to order is October 31st.


I really like orange marmalade but I'm not too big on chocolate chips. When I make this biscotti, I leave out the chocolate chips.  You, of course, might love chocolate and want to add even more! 

Orange Marmalade and Chocolate Biscotti


3  Tablespoons orange marmalade
2  Tablespoons grated orange peel
2/3  cup of sugar
1 1/2  teaspoons baking powder
1/8  teaspoon salt
2  eggs
2 1/3  cups all-purpose flour
1/3  cup butter, softened
1/2  cup toasted walnuts
3/4  cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
In a large bowl, cream sugar and butter.
Beat in eggs, marmalade and orange peel.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to marmalade mixture.
Blend in nuts and chocolate chips.
Divide dough in halves.
On a well-floured surface, shape into logs.

Place on a greased cookie sheet (I use parchment paper)
Bake at 325 degrees F. for about 25 minutes or until brown around the edges.
Cool on a rack for at least 5 minutes.
Cut logs on the diagonal into 3/4 inch slices.
Return slices to baking sheet.  Leave a llittle space around each slice.
Bake for another 10 minutes or until desired crispness.
Cool completely on a rack.
Makes about 42 cookies.

The Italian Piano
In Italy, piano means "floor" or "story."  The entrance of a building leads to the ground floor, il pianterreno. Il portinaio or la portinaia, the concierge, takes care of the lobby, greets visitors and tenants, gives directions, and calls for the elevator. The next floor is il primo piano (the first floor, or U.S. second floor), which is followed by the secondo piano (second floor), terzo piano (third floor), and so on. Lo scantinato is the basement. Every palazzo has an inside courtyard. 

An apartment's location is very important. An excellent apartment has a balcony and a beautiful view. The balcony is a place for outdoor meals in good weather. In some places, windows and balconies can be an interesting place for fast chats and gossip.

Street signs in Italy are inscribed on marble or granite slabs that are affixed to the facades of the buildings at the corners or at the beginning and ends of roads. Il palazzo (building) reflects the architectural style of the time of its construction. In fact, the facade and interior may show evidence of having been built over the centuries. Alert passersby can have a lesson in history by simply admiring the structure of a building.

Till next time - have happy days.
Thanks much for your interest in Italian cookies and Italian traditions.
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Arrivederci  -  Dio ti benedica
Rev. Fr. Mike
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