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Seddio continues annual St. Joseph’s Day tradition

March 21, 2016 By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn Daily Eagle
From left: Hon. Genine Edwards, Hon. David B. Vaughan and Hon. Mark Partnow. Eagle photos by Rob Abruzzese
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Frank Seddio and Frank Carone held their annual St. Joseph’s Day Feast at their office in Canarsie on Friday, attracting so many members of Brooklyn’s legal community that the crowd packed the office, the yard and the surrounding sidewalks. The feast was co-sponsored by the Catholic Lawyers Guild and the Columbian Lawyers Association.

“We started doing this about eight years ago,” Seddio said. “The idea is that St. Joseph is the patron saint of Sicily — and a lot of the attorneys who are Italian here in Brooklyn are Sicilians — so we celebrate this holiday every year.

“We thought about doing something special and unique and after everyone is over the holiday doldrums, where they’re running from party to party to party,” Seddio continued. “It’s the beginning of spring, a great opportunity to have a good time, and I do all the cooking.”

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Seddio — who learned how to cook by watching his aunt and his grandmother — has become renowned for his cooking abilities.

“My grandma and my aunt were great cooks. When I was very young I always liked to cook. So I watched at my aunt’s knee and learned how to cook,” Seddio explained. “All of the Sicilian dishes that I cook, I learned from her.”

Seddio’s specialty dish is pasta con sarde, or pasta with sardines.

“It’s my signature dish that is made with a special sardine sauce that I made myself,” Seddio said. “Instead of cheese, we use fried breadcrumbs.”

Some other Sicilian favorites that Seddio made included tripe, baccala and Sicilian-style eggplant.

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