Monthly Archives: November 2010

Sofia’s Dream blog book tour – two giveaways!

Today we visit Dagmar’s Momsense as part of the Sofia’s Dream blog book tour. Dagmar Bleasdale is one of the premier mom bloggers in the blogosphere, so be sure to visit her blog, and sign up for the book drawing. Add her to your blogroll and visit her often! Thank you, Dagmar, for hosting this stop.

For a chance in our iPod Shuffle drawing, leave us a comment and please include your email address so we can contact you if you win! You’ll also be registered to receive our beautiful monthly email newsletter. The drawing for this week’s iPod will be on Saturday at noon CST and the lucky winner will get to download the original iTunes created for the Little Pickle Press titles. We know your children will love them! Be sure to connect with us at right, too, through Friend Connect, Twitter, and Facebook.

Enter our iPod Shuffle drawing by leaving a comment with your email address!

Sofia’s Dream blog book tour – two giveaways!

Today we visit Dagmar’s Momsense as part of the Sofia’s Dream blog book tour. Dagmar Bleasdale is one of the premier mom bloggers in the blogosphere, so be sure to visit her blog, and sign up for the book drawing. Add her to your blogroll and visit her often! Thank you, Dagmar, for hosting this stop.

For a chance in our iPod Shuffle drawing, leave us a comment and please include your email address so we can contact you if you win! You’ll also be registered to receive our beautiful monthly email newsletter. The drawing for this week’s iPod will be on Saturday at noon CST and the lucky winner will get to download the original iTunes created for the Little Pickle Press titles. We know your children will love them! Be sure to connect with us at right, too, through Friend Connect, Twitter, and Facebook.

Enter our iPod Shuffle drawing by leaving a comment with your email address!

The Sofia’s Dream Blog Book Tour Continues!

We had fun visiting all our host blogs last week (you can click on the link above and visit them anytime)! The winners of Sofia’s Dream are Jennifer Taekman, Michelle Whitaker, Deborah Robson, and Bob Sanchez. Linda Peterson was the lucky winner of the iPod Shuffle. Congratulations, everyone!

The book trailer for Sofia’s Dream is up and you won’t want to miss it. Click here to view it – it’s really a sweet treat and beautifully captures the spirit of the book!

This week we continue with a new round of hosts starting with the wonderful Dagmar Bleasdale tomorrow. Today we’re going to host the book giveaway here, so leave a comment and your email address below!

For a chance in our iPod Shuffle drawing, leave us a second comment and please include your email address again so we can contact you if you win! You’ll also be registered to receive our beautiful monthly email newsletter. The drawing for this week’s iPod will be on Saturday at noon CST and the lucky winner will get to download the original iTunes created for the Little Pickle Press titles. We know your children will love them! Be sure to connect with us at right, too, through Friend Connect, Twitter, and Facebook.

Enter our iPod Shuffle drawing by leaving a comment with your email address!

The Sofia’s Dream Blog Book Tour Continues!

We had fun visiting all our host blogs last week (you can click on the link above and visit them anytime)! The winners of Sofia’s Dream are Jennifer Taekman, Michelle Whitaker, Deborah Robson, and Bob Sanchez. Linda Peterson was the lucky winner of the iPod Shuffle. Congratulations, everyone!

The book trailer for Sofia’s Dream is up and you won’t want to miss it. Click here to view it – it’s really a sweet treat and beautifully captures the spirit of the book!

This week we continue with a new round of hosts starting with the wonderful Dagmar Bleasdale tomorrow. Today we’re going to host the book giveaway here, so leave a comment and your email address below!

For a chance in our iPod Shuffle drawing, leave us a second comment and please include your email address again so we can contact you if you win! You’ll also be registered to receive our beautiful monthly email newsletter. The drawing for this week’s iPod will be on Saturday at noon CST and the lucky winner will get to download the original iTunes created for the Little Pickle Press titles. We know your children will love them! Be sure to connect with us at right, too, through Friend Connect, Twitter, and Facebook.

Enter our iPod Shuffle drawing by leaving a comment with your email address!

The Gift of Gratitude

By Land Wilson, Author of Sofia’s Dream

Getting a book published gives me a new appreciation for what it takes to go from the original idea to having the book in print. Before meeting Chief Executive Pickle, Rana DiOrio, it was an evolution of many life experiences, many conversations, interviews, writing, editing, re-writing, re-editing, re-writing, re-editing… and then came all of the publisher’s steps once the manuscript was submitted and accepted. This post is too short to list all of those many steps. At its state of completion, looking back at the number of people I am grateful to for their role in getting Sofia’s Dream to print, it is like looking back down a mountain. Each step along the way and each person’s role was a vital part of the process.

The people I am grateful for stand out in my mind as clear as day. I think this is because for me, writing is such a personal practice. I take it to heart when somebody offers me words of encouragement, a useful idea, or a referral to someone helpful. My gratitude runs deep, and I don’t forget the people who have assisted me along the way. For their role in helping bring Sofia’s Dream to life, I have these people to thank:

• To Apollo astronauts Walter M. Schirra, Jr., Frank Borman and Eugene Cernan—for their heroism, knowledge, inspiration, and interviews.
• To family Daphne Ahlenius, Catherine Carlton, Doug Carlton, Helga Carlton, Pietro Cinus, Susan Pagani, Eric Tetschner, Anna Wilson, Blythe Wilson, David Wilson, Donald Wilson and Joyce Wilson—for unwavering support.
• To friends and colleagues Dave Adams, Nina Cartee, Ken Goldman, Sean Hannan, Hillary Homzie, Pam Jacobs, Amy Rennert, Christina Rossini, Helen Rossini, Pennie Rossini, Ethel Seiderman, George Shank, Martin Singer, Tina Stolberg, Betty Joe van Gelder, and Jackie Winspear—for greatly valued assistance and encouragement.
• To global hero Denis Hayes—for Earth Day, for his life’s work, for his visionary mind, and for being the first person to express that they thought this story would be an attractive children’s book.
• To publisher Rana DiOrio—for her vision and commitment to this project and for being “the person” responsible for having my voice heard.
• To illustrator Sue Cornelison—for her exceptional talent and help with introducing Sofia to the world.
• To Little Pickle Press Team Members—Dani at Blogbooktours, Leslie Iorillo, Katy Kenney, Judy O’Malley, Rose Audette, Keith Anthony, Douglas Rowell, and the rest of the Pickle team—for your talents and devotion.

It is thanks to everyone here that I’m in this position of being able to fulfill a dream of writing and educating kids about protecting nature. I am grateful to each and every one of you!

A wise person once said, “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a gift and not giving it.”

If there is someone you feel gratitude towards, tell them. This could be one of the best gifts you give this holiday season. And if you feel like you need something else to go along with your expressions of gratitude, I’d be grateful if you’d consider giving the gift of Sofia’s Dream by visiting http://www.littlepicklepress.com where you will find their shopping cart.

The Gift of Gratitude

By Land Wilson, Author of Sofia’s Dream

Getting a book published gives me a new appreciation for what it takes to go from the original idea to having the book in print. Before meeting Chief Executive Pickle, Rana DiOrio, it was an evolution of many life experiences, many conversations, interviews, writing, editing, re-writing, re-editing, re-writing, re-editing… and then came all of the publisher’s steps once the manuscript was submitted and accepted. This post is too short to list all of those many steps. At its state of completion, looking back at the number of people I am grateful to for their role in getting Sofia’s Dream to print, it is like looking back down a mountain. Each step along the way and each person’s role was a vital part of the process.

The people I am grateful for stand out in my mind as clear as day. I think this is because for me, writing is such a personal practice. I take it to heart when somebody offers me words of encouragement, a useful idea, or a referral to someone helpful. My gratitude runs deep, and I don’t forget the people who have assisted me along the way. For their role in helping bring Sofia’s Dream to life, I have these people to thank:

• To Apollo astronauts Walter M. Schirra, Jr., Frank Borman and Eugene Cernan—for their heroism, knowledge, inspiration, and interviews.
• To family Daphne Ahlenius, Catherine Carlton, Doug Carlton, Helga Carlton, Pietro Cinus, Susan Pagani, Eric Tetschner, Anna Wilson, Blythe Wilson, David Wilson, Donald Wilson and Joyce Wilson—for unwavering support.
• To friends and colleagues Dave Adams, Nina Cartee, Ken Goldman, Sean Hannan, Hillary Homzie, Pam Jacobs, Amy Rennert, Christina Rossini, Helen Rossini, Pennie Rossini, Ethel Seiderman, George Shank, Martin Singer, Tina Stolberg, Betty Joe van Gelder, and Jackie Winspear—for greatly valued assistance and encouragement.
• To global hero Denis Hayes—for Earth Day, for his life’s work, for his visionary mind, and for being the first person to express that they thought this story would be an attractive children’s book.
• To publisher Rana DiOrio—for her vision and commitment to this project and for being “the person” responsible for having my voice heard.
• To illustrator Sue Cornelison—for her exceptional talent and help with introducing Sofia to the world.
• To Little Pickle Press Team Members—Dani at Blogbooktours, Leslie Iorillo, Katy Kenney, Judy O’Malley, Rose Audette, Keith Anthony, Douglas Rowell, and the rest of the Pickle team—for your talents and devotion.

It is thanks to everyone here that I’m in this position of being able to fulfill a dream of writing and educating kids about protecting nature. I am grateful to each and every one of you!

A wise person once said, “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a gift and not giving it.”

If there is someone you feel gratitude towards, tell them. This could be one of the best gifts you give this holiday season. And if you feel like you need something else to go along with your expressions of gratitude, I’d be grateful if you’d consider giving the gift of Sofia’s Dream by visiting http://www.littlepicklepress.com where you will find their shopping cart.

Day 5 of Sofia’s Dream Blog Book Tour

On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the largest shopping day of the year, we have a Sofia’s Dream book review at Walking Nature Home. Susan J. Tweit, an author, naturalist, and environmental activist, writes about conscientiously buying gifts for the holidays. Her blog is one you’ll want to bookmark and visit again!

If you’ve hopped over from Walking Nature Home for our iPod Shuffle drawing, leave us a comment and please include your email address so we can contact you if you win! You’ll also be registered to receive our beautiful monthly email newsletter. The drawing for this week’s iPod will be on Saturday at noon CST and the lucky winner will get to download the original iTunes created for the Little Pickle Press titles. We know your children will love them! Be sure to connect with us at right, too, through Friend Connect, Twitter, and Facebook.

Enter our iPod Shuffle drawing by leaving a comment with your email address!

Day 5 of Sofia’s Dream Blog Book Tour

On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the largest shopping day of the year, we have a Sofia’s Dream book review at Walking Nature Home. Susan J. Tweit, an author, naturalist, and environmental activist, writes about conscientiously buying gifts for the holidays. Her blog is one you’ll want to bookmark and visit again!

If you’ve hopped over from Walking Nature Home for our iPod Shuffle drawing, leave us a comment and please include your email address so we can contact you if you win! You’ll also be registered to receive our beautiful monthly email newsletter. The drawing for this week’s iPod will be on Saturday at noon CST and the lucky winner will get to download the original iTunes created for the Little Pickle Press titles. We know your children will love them! Be sure to connect with us at right, too, through Friend Connect, Twitter, and Facebook.

Enter our iPod Shuffle drawing by leaving a comment with your email address!

Day 4 of Sophia’s Dream Blog Book Tour

Today we visit Canadian Natural Mama for our blog book tour – a perfect stopping place because everyone in American will be having Thanksgiving dinner! The rest of the world will likely be doing what it usually does – and because we are a global company with a world view, we’ll continue sharing our lovely new book, Sofia’s Dream, with all of you. Jump over to Canadian Natural Mama to see what she has to say about the book, and to sign up for the book drawing.

If you’ve hopped over from the Canadian Natural Mama’s for our iPod Shuffle drawing, leave us a comment and please include your email address so we can contact you if you win! You’ll also be registered to receive our beautiful monthly email newsletter. The drawing for this week’s iPod will be on Saturday at noon CST and the lucky winner will get to download the original iTunes created for the Little Pickle Press titles. We know your children will love them! Be sure to connect with us at right, too, through Friend Connect, Twitter, and Facebook.

Enter our iPod Shuffle drawing by leaving a comment with your email address!

Day 4 of Sophia’s Dream Blog Book Tour

Today we visit Canadian Natural Mama for our blog book tour – a perfect stopping place because everyone in American will be having Thanksgiving dinner! The rest of the world will likely be doing what it usually does – and because we are a global company with a world view, we’ll continue sharing our lovely new book, Sofia’s Dream, with all of you. Jump over to Canadian Natural Mama to see what she has to say about the book, and to sign up for the book drawing.

If you’ve hopped over from the Canadian Natural Mama’s for our iPod Shuffle drawing, leave us a comment and please include your email address so we can contact you if you win! You’ll also be registered to receive our beautiful monthly email newsletter. The drawing for this week’s iPod will be on Saturday at noon CST and the lucky winner will get to download the original iTunes created for the Little Pickle Press titles. We know your children will love them! Be sure to connect with us at right, too, through Friend Connect, Twitter, and Facebook.

Enter our iPod Shuffle drawing by leaving a comment with your email address!

Day 3 Sofia’s Dream Blog Book Tour

Today we visit the Blood-Red Pencil to discuss how e-books are created for children’s books. Because Little Pickle Press is a global company,  fulfillment of orders had to include methods by which the products could be rapidly delivered worldwide, and which considered the environmental impacts associated with mailing to great distances. So digital media was part of the business model from the company’s beginnings. Read about how LPP delivers a quality product via the Internet by clicking here.

If you’ve hopped over from the Blood-Red Pencil for our iPod Shuffle drawing, leave us a comment and please include your email address so we can contact you if you win! You’ll also be registered to receive our beautiful monthly email newsletter. The drawing for this week’s iPod will be on Saturday at noon CST and the lucky winner will get to download the original iTunes created for the Little Pickle Press titles. We know your children will love them! Be sure to connect with us at right, too, through Friend Connect, Twitter, and Facebook.

Enter our iPod Shuffle drawing by leaving a comment with your email address!

Day 3 Sofia’s Dream Blog Book Tour

Today we visit the Blood-Red Pencil to discuss how e-books are created for children’s books. Because Little Pickle Press is a global company,  fulfillment of orders had to include methods by which the products could be rapidly delivered worldwide, and which considered the environmental impacts associated with mailing to great distances. So digital media was part of the business model from the company’s beginnings. Read about how LPP delivers a quality product via the Internet by clicking here.

If you’ve hopped over from the Blood-Red Pencil for our iPod Shuffle drawing, leave us a comment and please include your email address so we can contact you if you win! You’ll also be registered to receive our beautiful monthly email newsletter. The drawing for this week’s iPod will be on Saturday at noon CST and the lucky winner will get to download the original iTunes created for the Little Pickle Press titles. We know your children will love them! Be sure to connect with us at right, too, through Friend Connect, Twitter, and Facebook.

Enter our iPod Shuffle drawing by leaving a comment with your email address!

Day 2 of the Sofia’s Dream Blog Book Tour

Today we visit Not Quite June Cleaver for the blog book tour. Isn’t that a great name? It’s a wonderful home and family blog, and the perfect place to share with readers about Sofia’s Dream and its sweet and important message for children… and for parents, too. Please pop over to explore and to sign up for the book drawing!

If you’ve hopped over from the site for our iPod Shuffle drawing, leave us a comment and please include your email address so we can contact you if you win! You’ll also be registered to receive our beautiful monthly email newsletter. The drawing for this week’s iPod will be on Saturday at noon CST and the lucky winner will get to download the original iTunes created for the Little Pickle Press titles. We know your children will love them! Be sure to connect with us at right, too, through Friend Connect, Twitter, and Facebook.

Enter our iPod Shuffle drawing by leaving a comment with your email address!

Day 2 of the Sofia’s Dream Blog Book Tour

Today we visit Not Quite June Cleaver for the blog book tour. Isn’t that a great name? It’s a wonderful home and family blog, and the perfect place to share with readers about Sofia’s Dream and its sweet and important message for children… and for parents, too. Please pop over to explore and to sign up for the book drawing!

If you’ve hopped over from the site for our iPod Shuffle drawing, leave us a comment and please include your email address so we can contact you if you win! You’ll also be registered to receive our beautiful monthly email newsletter. The drawing for this week’s iPod will be on Saturday at noon CST and the lucky winner will get to download the original iTunes created for the Little Pickle Press titles. We know your children will love them! Be sure to connect with us at right, too, through Friend Connect, Twitter, and Facebook.

Enter our iPod Shuffle drawing by leaving a comment with your email address!

Our Sofia’s Dream Blog Book Tour Begins!

Today we kick off our blog book tour with one of the most fabulous hosts anyone could imagine. Victoria Klein is a true kindred spirit who recently published 27 Things To Know About Yoga and whose newest title, 48 Things To Know About Sustainable Living will be out next week. When it comes to taking care of the Earth, we are truly on the same page together and putting forth a similar message. Today Victoria hosts Little Pickle Press’s newest release, Sofia’s Dream, and you’ll want to visit her blog for the book drawing and for more information by clicking here: http://www.victoriaklein.net

Sofia’s Dream is a sweet children’s story written by Land Wilson. Sofia makes a dreamy visit to the Moon and sees the Earth from the old Moon’s wise and somewhat sad viewpoint. When she wakes up, she is moved to do all she can to protect her precious home. Written in a soothing lullaby style, the book’s strong message is presented in a gentle manner, and is perfect for children and adults alike. Find out more at each stop of the blog book tour. Links are at right above.

If you’ve hopped over from Victoria’s site for our iPod Shuffle drawing, leave us a comment and please include your email address so we can contact you if you win! You’ll also be registered to receive our beautiful monthly email newsletter. The drawing for this week’s iPod will be on Saturday at noon CST and the lucky winner will get to download the original iTunes created for the Little Pickle Press titles. We know your children will love them! Be sure to connect with us at right, too, through Friend Connect, Twitter, and Facebook.

Enter our iPod Shuffle drawing by leaving a comment with your email address!

Our Sofia’s Dream Blog Book Tour Begins!

Today we kick off our blog book tour with one of the most fabulous hosts anyone could imagine. Victoria Klein is a true kindred spirit who recently published 27 Things To Know About Yoga and whose newest title, 48 Things To Know About Sustainable Living will be out next week. When it comes to taking care of the Earth, we are truly on the same page together and putting forth a similar message. Today Victoria hosts Little Pickle Press’s newest release, Sofia’s Dream, and you’ll want to visit her blog for the book drawing and for more information by clicking here: http://www.victoriaklein.net

Sofia’s Dream is a sweet children’s story written by Land Wilson. Sofia makes a dreamy visit to the Moon and sees the Earth from the old Moon’s wise and somewhat sad viewpoint. When she wakes up, she is moved to do all she can to protect her precious home. Written in a soothing lullaby style, the book’s strong message is presented in a gentle manner, and is perfect for children and adults alike. Find out more at each stop of the blog book tour. Links are at right above.

If you’ve hopped over from Victoria’s site for our iPod Shuffle drawing, leave us a comment and please include your email address so we can contact you if you win! You’ll also be registered to receive our beautiful monthly email newsletter. The drawing for this week’s iPod will be on Saturday at noon CST and the lucky winner will get to download the original iTunes created for the Little Pickle Press titles. We know your children will love them! Be sure to connect with us at right, too, through Friend Connect, Twitter, and Facebook.

Enter our iPod Shuffle drawing by leaving a comment with your email address!

Showing off Little Pickle Press

By Dani Greer

The morning started bright and early at the base of Pikes Peak in Colorado. We stayed overnight at the beautiful Glen Eyrie Castle. Originally the home of city founding father, William Jackson Palmer, the canyon offers 800 hundred acres of hiking trails and wildlife preserve, so a peaceful, pleasant stroll through the area was a marvelous beginning to the day.

I was representing Little Pickle Press at the annual holiday bazaar for Holy Theophany Church nearby, an American Orthodox Catholic church which also owns the most popular coffee house and book store in town, Agia Sophia.

Here’s the LPP table at the show. I’m happy to report that the books were a hit with the patrons, especially What Does It Mean To Be Present. In fact, Agia Sophia ordered books for the shop. Being an environmentally conscious congregation that even has an organic vegetable garden on their grounds for the surrounding community, they were particularly impressed with the eco-conscious production and printing of the books and posters. I felt we were all on the same page, and I was pleased to be representing LPP and sharing the books and company concepts with the church members!

In California, Katy Kenney, LPP’s Director of Sales, presented the books at the Lollipopalooza event.

What’s coming up next? New book releases, and the blog book tour starting tomorrow for Sofia’s Dream, with marvelous blog hosts and contests, so stop by daily. You can order the books at http://www.littlepicklepress.com and remember: free shipping until November 24 – don’t miss out on that – get your pre-order in under the wire!

Showing off Little Pickle Press

By Dani Greer

The morning started bright and early at the base of Pikes Peak in Colorado. We stayed overnight at the beautiful Glen Eyrie Castle. Originally the home of city founding father, William Jackson Palmer, the canyon offers 800 hundred acres of hiking trails and wildlife preserve, so a peaceful, pleasant stroll through the area was a marvelous beginning to the day.

I was representing Little Pickle Press at the annual holiday bazaar for Holy Theophany Church nearby, an American Orthodox Catholic church which also owns the most popular coffee house and book store in town, Agia Sophia.

Here’s the LPP table at the show. I’m happy to report that the books were a hit with the patrons, especially What Does It Mean To Be Present. In fact, Agia Sophia ordered books for the shop. Being an environmentally conscious congregation that even has an organic vegetable garden on their grounds for the surrounding community, they were particularly impressed with the eco-conscious production and printing of the books and posters. I felt we were all on the same page, and I was pleased to be representing LPP and sharing the books and company concepts with the church members!

In California, Katy Kenney, LPP’s Director of Sales, presented the books at the Lollipopalooza event.

What’s coming up next? New book releases, and the blog book tour starting tomorrow for Sofia’s Dream, with marvelous blog hosts and contests, so stop by daily. You can order the books at http://www.littlepicklepress.com and remember: free shipping until November 24 – don’t miss out on that – get your pre-order in under the wire!

Thanksgiving Traditions with Your Little Pickles

By Rana DiOrio, Founder, Little Pickle Press

For those of you who don’t know or haven’t guessed, I am Italian—as far back as we can see, on both sides of my family. Among the many benefits of being Italian is that we know how to celebrate holidays with gusto. Food, prepared with love and care, is integral to our holiday celebrations.

Thanksgiving was always over-the-top in my family. We celebrated with my Aunt Dolores, Uncle Eddie, and their children, Karen, Lisa, Eddie, and Steven. We alternated the responsibility annually, one year at our home, the next at theirs. We always included our grandparents and often included friends.

During the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, I polished each piece of sterling and ironed each napkin (I believe the going rate was 5 cents a piece!), and my brother chopped wood for the wood-burning stoves with my Babbo (who paid him a lot better!). The dinner itself took days to prepare. The table took an hour (or more) to set with our special occasion china, crystal, sterling, candles, flowers, handmade place cards, “feet” for the bird, etc.

The food was always epic, and we inevitably had five or six courses of fabulous homemade delicacies from antipasto to minestrone soup to homemade ravioli, to eggplant Parmesan to wild mushrooms (that my Uncle Eddie gathered himself and has not yet shared with us where is secret spot it) to roasted chestnuts and much more. After the 3rd course and before the turkey, we inevitably had to take an intermission. I can remember that as young children we used to get dressed up for Thanksgiving in what were usually restrictive clothes, and then as adolescents we would wear comfortable clothes that expanded at the midline, so we could eat until we were overstuffed. I’m shaking my head at the memory.

What I remember most about Thanksgiving is how much we used to laugh. The DiOrios are great storytellers. My Uncle Eddie, my cousins Karen and Lisa, and my Dad are especially good storytellers. In their perfect RI accents (http://bit.ly/bMrOT4) with their wild gesticulations, they would tell tale after tale until we were all laughing so hard we were crying. I miss that, but I am grateful to have experienced it so richly and fully.

As we create our own family traditions with our own Little Pickles, I try to incorporate some of the elements that made my family of origin’s celebration so very special. For example, I enlist the “help” of our children to make the Thanksgiving recipes we like most. One recipe that is always a hit in our house is our stuffing. There are many “jobs” to delegate and share, and the end result is amazing. As with many Italian recipes, the measurements are not precise, but I am going to share this with the hope that you will experiment with your children.

DiOrio Family Turkey Stuffing

2-3 loaves of white bread
2-3 yellow onions
1 bunch of celery (2 cups or so)
4-8 eggs (beaten with a fork)
1 lb. sausage meat (removed from the casing; pork breakfast sausage for those of you who are cooking for the unadventurous palate, mild [or even hot] Italian sausage for those of you are cooking for the curious palate).

2 lbs. ground pork blade meat
poultry seasoning
salt and pepper

Toast 2-3 loaves of slices white bread. Chop the yellow onions and celery. Sauté 1 lb. sausage meat with 2 lbs. pork blade meat and drain the excess fat. Wet the toasted bread and then squeeze it dry. Put it in a large mixing bowl. Add 4-8 hand-beaten eggs (depending on how much bread you’ve toasted—4 eggs for 2 loaves and 8 eggs for 3 loaves).Then add the sautéed meat and the chopped vegetables. Add poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper until it smells great to you.

Mix with an electric mixer.

Stuff your turkey (being mindful that you are working with raw eggs). Put the leftover stuffing in a covered casserole dish and bake it next to the turkey during the last 45 minutes it is in the oven.

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From all of us at Little Pickle Press to all of you, have an especially grateful and wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with your family. Oh, and if you are a fan of the Rhode Island accent, by all means, please “Like” the relevant page on FB http://on.fb.me/diOPII.

Thanksgiving Traditions with Your Little Pickles

By Rana DiOrio, Founder, Little Pickle Press

For those of you who don’t know or haven’t guessed, I am Italian—as far back as we can see, on both sides of my family. Among the many benefits of being Italian is that we know how to celebrate holidays with gusto. Food, prepared with love and care, is integral to our holiday celebrations.

Thanksgiving was always over-the-top in my family. We celebrated with my Aunt Dolores, Uncle Eddie, and their children, Karen, Lisa, Eddie, and Steven. We alternated the responsibility annually, one year at our home, the next at theirs. We always included our grandparents and often included friends.

During the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, I polished each piece of sterling and ironed each napkin (I believe the going rate was 5 cents a piece!), and my brother chopped wood for the wood-burning stoves with my Babbo (who paid him a lot better!). The dinner itself took days to prepare. The table took an hour (or more) to set with our special occasion china, crystal, sterling, candles, flowers, handmade place cards, “feet” for the bird, etc.

The food was always epic, and we inevitably had five or six courses of fabulous homemade delicacies from antipasto to minestrone soup to homemade ravioli, to eggplant Parmesan to wild mushrooms (that my Uncle Eddie gathered himself and has not yet shared with us where is secret spot it) to roasted chestnuts and much more. After the 3rd course and before the turkey, we inevitably had to take an intermission. I can remember that as young children we used to get dressed up for Thanksgiving in what were usually restrictive clothes, and then as adolescents we would wear comfortable clothes that expanded at the midline, so we could eat until we were overstuffed. I’m shaking my head at the memory.

What I remember most about Thanksgiving is how much we used to laugh. The DiOrios are great storytellers. My Uncle Eddie, my cousins Karen and Lisa, and my Dad are especially good storytellers. In their perfect RI accents (http://bit.ly/bMrOT4) with their wild gesticulations, they would tell tale after tale until we were all laughing so hard we were crying. I miss that, but I am grateful to have experienced it so richly and fully.

As we create our own family traditions with our own Little Pickles, I try to incorporate some of the elements that made my family of origin’s celebration so very special. For example, I enlist the “help” of our children to make the Thanksgiving recipes we like most. One recipe that is always a hit in our house is our stuffing. There are many “jobs” to delegate and share, and the end result is amazing. As with many Italian recipes, the measurements are not precise, but I am going to share this with the hope that you will experiment with your children.

DiOrio Family Turkey Stuffing

2-3 loaves of white bread
2-3 yellow onions
1 bunch of celery (2 cups or so)
4-8 eggs (beaten with a fork)
1 lb. sausage meat (removed from the casing; pork breakfast sausage for those of you who are cooking for the unadventurous palate, mild [or even hot] Italian sausage for those of you are cooking for the curious palate).

2 lbs. ground pork blade meat
poultry seasoning
salt and pepper

Toast 2-3 loaves of slices white bread. Chop the yellow onions and celery. Sauté 1 lb. sausage meat with 2 lbs. pork blade meat and drain the excess fat. Wet the toasted bread and then squeeze it dry. Put it in a large mixing bowl. Add 4-8 hand-beaten eggs (depending on how much bread you’ve toasted—4 eggs for 2 loaves and 8 eggs for 3 loaves).Then add the sautéed meat and the chopped vegetables. Add poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper until it smells great to you.

Mix with an electric mixer.

Stuff your turkey (being mindful that you are working with raw eggs). Put the leftover stuffing in a covered casserole dish and bake it next to the turkey during the last 45 minutes it is in the oven.

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From all of us at Little Pickle Press to all of you, have an especially grateful and wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with your family. Oh, and if you are a fan of the Rhode Island accent, by all means, please “Like” the relevant page on FB http://on.fb.me/diOPII.