Judge Patricia DiMango's cookbook shares her Italian recipes and family stories—and Rach definitely relates.
"We grew up in the kitchen, I mean that's why I call it From the Kitchen To The Courtroom, because we grew up in a very small apartment with extended family. My highchair was positioned in that kitchen. So, it really was about my mother and my grandmother," says Judge Patricia. (Get her Linguine & Clams recipe from the book here).
What were Sundays like at her house?
"My grandmother and my grandfather were like the hub of a wheel. And my mother and her brothers and sisters, we all lived within this one or two block radius...So we would all go to our own respective churches and then we would walk back to my grandmother's home, where we would all meet. And we would be in these three or four rooms, upwards of 20 to 22 people," explains Judge Patricia. "And my grandmother would make the focaccia, and the antipasti, and the spinach bread and the biscotti and the homemade wine." Rach says that her Sundays were quite similar—with the big family meals and the homemade wine, too!