Nonna always welcomed everyone. She drew the line when a family dog ate her pasta

Dec 30, 2022 213

BY: Wynne Davis

Too many cooks in the kitchen can be frustrating. But when it comes to making cappelletti, it's an all-hands-on-deck affair for the Hamiltons. Jim Hamilton and his sister Susan Hamilton Griffin live in Kansas, about an hour apart. Every Thanksgiving when they get together with the rest of the family, the focus turns from a traditional turkey meal to the handmade pasta stuffed with beef, chicken and cheese that their great-grandparents brought over from Gubbio, Italy.

Their great-grandfather came to the U.S. looking for work and found a job as a coal miner in Pittsburg, Kan. Their great-grandparents had four children. The second oldest would become their grandmother – Julia Morettini Hamilton, who made the tortellini-like pasta for them growing up.

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