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Libby shared her love through sharing her food traditions. At Easter, she shaped her Italian Easter read into rocking horses for the grandchildren.
“Everything was from scratch,” Andrew said. “Back in Italy, they ground their own flour from the wheat. She even made her own pasta. She rarely bought a package of premade pasta."
Libby made fettuccine, spaghetti, angel hair and “delicious ravioli,” which Andrea worked hard to perfect, she said.
“The first time was a disaster,” Andrea said. “But my mother-in-law actually went back for a second helping at Christmas. She said, ‘These are really good – as good as mine – but you’ve got to make them a little bigger.’”
Her pizza bread was a thick focaccia type of bread drizzled with olive oil sprinkled with salt and topped with Parmesan cheese, Andrea said.
Libby made pizzelles in a tradition iron. Her “S” cookies were made from white anise and lemon. They were dense, crumbly and perfect for dunking into coffee,” Andrea said.
"Thankfully, the family was able to learn her recipes before Libby died, she since had written none of it down,” Andrew said.
“When she got close to the end of her life, we promised her – the whole family – that we would keep her traditions going,” Andrea said. “And we want to.”
Andrea recently found some of Libby’s pasta and cookies in the freezer. She plans to use those items on Sept. 11, which is Libby’s birthday, as a way to honor her.
“We will have dinner with some of her food,” Andrea said.
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