In this age of rapid change, the tradition of passing down recipes from generation to generation is slowly disappearing. To capture the flavor and essence of some of these treasured traditions, this cookbook of family favorites has been especially prepared for you. May you, and those who follow you, cherish these recipes and may they invoke in you your own special memories as my mom's recipes have done for me. To my mom I owe many thanks, first for teaching me the art of fine cooking, and secondly, for teaching me, along with my dad, the art of fine living. Enjoy the recipes; cherish the traditions!

           Buon Appetito!
               Theresa DeCaria