Second Annual "Chefs Who Care" Event Celebrates Success and Community Impact
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by Italian American Girl
3w ago
  BRIELLE, NJ – June 10, 2024 – The Second Annual Ashley Lauren Foundation’s Chefs Who Care premiere tasting event was a resounding success, bringing together top chefs from New York City and New Jersey at the illustrious Essex and Sussex in Spring Lake. This extraordinary event, held on May 20, 2024, showcased the culinary talents of renowned chefs while raising vital funds and awareness for The Ashley Lauren Foundation, dedicated to providing hope and support for children with cancer and their families throughout New Jersey.   The event featured an exceptional lineup of chefs, in ..read more
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New Jersey Italian Heritage Commission Leads the Way: 2024 Annual Meeting Excels in Enhancing Awareness of Italian Heritage Through Film
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by Italian American Girl
3M ago
 The New Jersey Italian Heritage Commission hosted its annual conference on April 20th, 2024, at Rutgers University. The event, titled "Increasing Awareness of Italian Heritage through Film," was a resounding success, drawing notable educators and other guests from across the state of New Jersey and fostering engaging conversations among attendees. Commissioner Vice Chair Vito Maione, Commissioner Vice Chair Barbara T. Lazzarro, Chairwoman Emerita Cav. Gilda Rorro Baldassari, Ed.D,  Professor Andrea Baldi, PhD., Commissioner Eileen Poiani, Ph.D., Commissioner Dame Josephine Marchett ..read more
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Margaret Fontana Assumes Role of Executive Director for New Jersey Italian Heritage Commission
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by Italian American Girl
4M ago
 I'm incredibly proud to announce I've accepted the role of Executive Director for the New Jersey Italian Heritage Commission. I'm looking forward to this exciting chapter with an outstanding organization. Please read the full press release below.  Trenton – March 18, 2024 - The New Jersey Italian Heritage Commission proudly announces the appointment of Margaret Fontana as its new Executive Director. With an extensive career spanning diverse sectors in media, nonprofit, healthcare, education and entertainment, Fontana brings a wealth of experience and a passion for cultu ..read more
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Check out my interview with the Italian Roots and Genealogy Podcast: A Nostalgic Look into Italian Heritage and the American Dream
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by Italian American Girl
4M ago
 It was an honor to speak to Bob Sorrentino of the Italian Roots and Genealogy podcast show. We had a great conversation all about being Italian American and how each generation of Italian Americans have their own unique stories to tell.  Grazie Bob!  ..read more
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Top chefs from New York City & New Jersey will gather on May 20, 2024 for a spectacular tasting event to benefit The Ashley Lauren Foundation, providing hope & help for children with cancer throughout the State of New Jersey
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by Italian American Girl
6M ago
  Join us on May 20, 2024 for the Second Annual Ashley Lauren Foundation’s Chefs Who Care premiere tasting event. Celebrate top chefs from Manhattan and New Jersey at the illustrious Essex and Sussex in Spring Lake while enjoying premium wine and spirits, live entertainment, special guests and an extraordinary silent auction. This premiere gathering of renowned chefs aims to raise funds and awareness for The Ashley Lauren Foundation which provides much needed hope, help and support for children with cancer and their families throughout the State of New Jersey.   Tickets will be ..read more
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Happy Anniversary 15 years of Italian American Girl!
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by Italian American Girl
8M ago
Another year its now 15 years from when I started the Italian American Girl web site.   Facebook was just starting, Twitter just launched and no Instagram then, my site took off so quickly just because of our tight knit Italian American community.  The support I received from my fellow Italian American friends from all over the country and in different parts of the world was amazing.  Till this day, we still have the same connections, its pretty amazing.  Being Italian American is definitely a very unique experience, I had the best of both worlds, growing up Italian ..read more
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Summer Italian tomato salad
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by Italian American Girl
8M ago
 First tomato salad from the garden. I added a chopped zucchini, tomatoes, red onion, basil, olive oil and a pinch of salt. Delicious and healthy ..read more
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Italian Meatball Recipe
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by Italian American Girl
8M ago
 Italian Meatball Recipe: 1 1/2 cup of bread crumbs ( this can be home made from toasted Italian bread or store bought)  1 pound of ground meat, (you can substitute any meat, we prefer Turkey 100% lean.) 4 oz. grated cheese Pecorino and Parmigiana 2 Tsp of salt 1 Tsp of pepper 2 Eggs  10 leafs chopped parsley  2 cloves of garlic  1 or 1/2 cup of water - depending on the quality of your bread crumbs.  Mix all together, form balls (secret to keeping them nice and together, drip some warm water onto your palm of your hands as your rolling the balls.)  Then ..read more
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Making Black Olive Bread - Pane Alle Olive Nere
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by Italian American Girl
8M ago
Well, it's time for a new post and I wanted to share an amazing baked bread that my brother Santo made, its a black olive bread, Italian style.  I believe many Italians make this in many variations as we like to experiment and also be simple with our staple dinner element.   My brother has since baked a few loaves since this original loaf pictured here, I believe he wanted to perfect it and it almost seemed to get better each time he baked it.   Now, once he made it, we had a chance to warm up the bread and enjoy with it with extra virgin olive oil and red pepper fl ..read more
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A Trip Down Memory Lane - The Italian American Girl Story
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by Italian American Girl
8M ago
A little trip down memory lane and retelling the story of why @italianamericangirl is a brand. I started the Italian American Girl blog back in 2008 when social media just came out and blogging was the trend then along with the new sites Twitter and Youtube. I was searching for a way to stay connected to my first generation Italian American friends and acquaintances so we could share stories of upbringing, family and culture.  Here we are over 14 years later and now the Italian American community has grown online so much due to platforms like Instagram and Facebook. Also, no one was ca ..read more
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