St. Joseph’s Day – March 19th

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St. Patrick isn’t the only saint being honored this week.
The Feast of St. Joseph, celebrated with particular enthusiasm in Italian and Sicilian communities, arrives on Thursday. This is also a special day in Poland.
Joseph was the husband of  Mary, and thus stepfather to Jesus. As such, in Catholicism he is the patron of fathers, carpenters, the Church itself, and social justice.
Legend has it that during the Middle Ages a severe drought put the crops, and thus the people, of Sicily at risk. Prayers were offered to St. Joseph, who is believed to have interceded; when rain came, a huge banquet was offered in gratitude. Centuries later, the Festa di San Giuseppe — Feast of St. Joseph — remains immensely popular.
On this day, the feast of San Giuseppe, every Italian household makes zeppoles.

Zeppole Recipe:

CREAM PUFF SHELLS

2 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups water
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter
3 1/2 tablespoons lard (butter may be used, if desired)
6 large eggs

CREAM FILLING
1/4 cup potato starch or cornstarch
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large egg yolks
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract

GARNISH
Confectioner’s sugar
Preheat oven to 425ºF (220ºC). Grease and flour a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper

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