The Aroma of Roasted Chestnuts

My latest article in The ProJo

Among the many memories I have of the Christmas season is of La Vigilia, The Feast of the Seven Fishes.

There is little I can write that has not been written of this great feast. So,

I write of chestnuts.

Chestnuts, yes chestnuts, is one of the things I remember well from that feast.

Here is my latest in The Providence Journal

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year

By | 2017-12-17T14:20:33+00:00 December 21st, 2017|Food, Stories of the 1940's and 1950's|7 Comments


  1. peter voccio jr December 22, 2017 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    DR.ED ,

    So , as I understand , you could be in Italy owning a chestnut farm but because
    your grandfather migrated to America giving up ownership of his land you
    became a doctor and author .(not bad) Ahhhh The Christmas with family, food.
    and chestnuts to peel and digest with all warm festivities filling the air(also not bad)
    The day couldn’t end without a chestnut KINGER (HOW DID YOU FAIR)
    Chestnuts roasting on an open fire ,Jack Frost nipping at your nose.
    Merry Christmas to you and family-Merry Christmas to ALL.

    • Ed December 22, 2017 at 10:52 pm - Reply

      If I owned the chestnut farm in Ilaly, Peter, we would have had marvelous La Vigilia dinners for our family and many friends such as you.
      Buon Natale e Buon Nuovo Anno

  2. peter voccio jr December 22, 2017 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    DR.ED ,


  3. Jim Cameron December 25, 2017 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Lovely thoughts Ed you just can’t forget those memories. My memories are a little different, coming from my grandmother a Swede and Norwegian. It was herring and Swedish meatballs and lutefisk. I remember the Christmas Day when she overindulged in the lutefisk and spent the day in the hospital with a gallbladder. No matter where your roots are it’s a wonderful feast, with a little humor thrown in.
    The best to you and Diane and the whole family.


    • Ed December 25, 2017 at 3:29 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Jim. So nice to hear from you. Pleased that I rekindled some wonderful and fun memories. I’ll bet the lutefisk was worth the pain.
      Merry Christmas and Happy Healthy New Year.

  4. Honey Chapman December 25, 2017 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    So, after our vacation to Italy with you and Diane I got back to NH and roasted chestnuts! Delicious! Thanks for the memories!

    • Ed December 25, 2017 at 3:57 pm - Reply

      We love our memories with you both, dear Friends. Merry Christmas and Happy Healthy New Year and … oh yes … roasted chestnuts
      Un Grande Abbracio … Big Hug

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