Being of Italian descent, there are many traditions and customs that all revolve around food. You know, an amazing bowl of pasta with a fresh marinara sauce, savory meatballs, or crispy homemade biscottis.
Well, in March there is a holiday that taps into my Sicilian side, the Feast of St. Joseph. Joseph, Mary’s husband, is known by many Sicilian’s as their patron saint. According to legend, there was a severe drought at the time, and the people prayed for their patron saint to bring them rain. They promised that if he answered their prayers, they would prepare a large feast to honor him. The rain did come, and the people of Sicily prepared a large banquet for their patron saint.
Because the feast occurs during Lent, traditionally no meat is allowed on the celebration table. Foods are traditionally served containing bread crumbs to represent saw dust since St. Joseph was a carpenter.
Since my grandfather, father, brother, and varied uncles, cousins, and even Little Ricky all share Saint Joseph’s name, my family has celebrated this feast with a traditional Sicilian dinner. I wanted to share my favorite dish from this important feast.
Pasta Con Sarde (Pasta with Sardines)