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Potluck Recipes

We had some great dishes at the potluck last night, we’d love to share the recipes of some of those tasty dishes!

Comment with your recipe and ask your fellow ushers for recipes of the dishes you liked!

We’ll get you started with a recipe (and a story!) from Mother DeBartolo (also known as Marie P. DeBartolo) from “Salute to Italy: Celebrity Cookbook” (published in 1984).

          Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr. and Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr.

                    A graduate of Notre Dame, Edward DeBartolo, Senior, as a young army engineer, returned from Pacific combat without a dime in his pocket, but built a shopping center empire. The enclosed malls he owns and operates from coast to coast, making him one of the nation’s largest landlords. His son, a chip off the old block, is the owner of the San Francisco ’49ers.
                    “This is Mother DeBartolo’s recipe for Pitzales. Every week until she died at age 89, she baked and had delivered to my office far too many Pitzales. They arrived beautifully arranged in a large, flat basket covered with a hand-embroidered linen tea towel. Her secret was the use of anise seed instead of anise oil and freshly grated lemon peel. The flavor and texture were like no other. She was a treasure.”

          Mother DeBartolo’s Pitzales

                    3 cups flour

                    3/4 cups vegetable shortening or lard

                    3 eggs

                    3/4 cups sugar

                    Grated rind of 1 lemon

                    1 teaspoon anise seed

                    Confectionery sugar

          In a large shallow bowl use pastry blender or hands to work flour and shortening together to the consistency of coarse meal. Set aside in refrigerator or cool place. Beat eggs until fluffy and creamy, then add sugar and mix well. Stir in lemon rind and anise seeds. Blend the egg mixture into the flour mixture slowly and gently, being careful not to work the dough too much. Chill dough for an hour. Roll into 1-inch balls. Place each ball in hot Pitzale or waffle iron. Press flat and bake until golden brown. Cool on rack. Sprinkle with confectionery sugar. Makes 48.

pitzalesThanks to usher Mary McMahon for sharing the recipe book with us. Please comment and share your recipes and stories!

Usher Recognition Ceremony 2012

Last night was our first (official) annual usher recognition ceremony. Fun was had by all with food, fellowship, and a film.

The 2012 Usher Recognition Ceremony started with a lovely potluck and fried chicken provided by the center. The many tasty treats included a Smörgåsbord of desserts, salads, casseroles, and more!

The family that eats together, stays together

After the dinner, we continued with the celebration with an introduction from our Senior Associate Director, Ted Barron, in the Michael Browning Family Cinema.

During the ceremony we thanked all of our ushers and recognized those who have contributed milestones of service. We would like to thank them again for their Spirit of Service towards the center.

Recipients of the 500 hours of Service Recognition pictured below left to right: Patricia Ham, Anastasia Guimaraes, John Poirier, Joan Crovello, Dolores Mercier, Christine Weiss, Becky Thornsen, Linda Noble, Marge Walawender (Not Present: Nancy Mah)

Recipients of the 750 hours of Service Recognition pictured below left to right: Jule Poirier, Molly Gordon, Mark Kensinger, Marilyn Witulski (Not Present: Marilyn Shaul)



We at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Guest Services Department are launching our ninth season at the center (and 8th season of our volunteer usher corps) with a new website and a new blog for our ushers to help foster community amongst our ushers. We hope you enjoy!