December 15, 2013 · 4:30 PM
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In Italian "Buon Natale" (literally, the good birth) means Merry Christmas.
A popular tradition amongst southern Italians and Italian-Americans is the Christmas eve dinner known as "La Vigilia" (the vigil for birth of our Lord) or "Notte di Sette Pesce" ( Seh-Tay-Pesh-Aye) (night of seven fishes). This is a feast of a fish dinner comprised of at least as many varieties of fish. In some areas of Italy, it can be as few as 3 (for the Trinity) or as many as 12 (after the number of Apostles). The number will always have a religious significance.
We will re-create some fish dishes. Maria will distribute a menu of recipes to those who request, and it will be the responsibiity of participants to prepare one recipe with enough food for 2 other people. Since everyone is bringing food at their own cost, there is no materials cost for this Meetup.
Some ideas are:
Lobster-Shrinp red sauce with pasta (called for by Maria & Al)
Frutte Di Mare (Fruit Of The Sea) or cold fish salad appetizer. It is a mix of baby shrimp, baby Octopus legs, Calamari (Squid), Muscles, Clams (and more) in an Olive Oil based Garlic Sauce with other herbs.
Fresh & Crusty Italian Bread
Gamberetti Freddo e Caldo (Cold shrimp with 2 sauces and hot breaded shrimp with lemon wedges)
Finocchio Al'Olio (Fennel, spices and Virgin Olive Oil).
Zuppa Granchi con Crema (Cream Of Crab Soup)
Pesce di Mandorla e Cerchi di Samone (Almond encrusted Tilapia and Stuffed Salmon Wheels)
Aragoste Russo con Spaghetti (Lobsters in Red Sauce with Spaghetti)
Pizza Grana (Sweet Grain Pie) e Espresso.
Baked Claims (Oreganata)
Salsa Pasta di Sarde (a St Joseph Day fish dish delight- but "right on" for a fish dish, already spoken for by Pat)
Not everyone HAS to bring a fish. We also need wine, bread and beverages to be provided.
Getting fresh fish is a challenge here in Las Cruces, but it IS possible the closer we get to Christmas.
There will be caroling, of course!