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Congresswoman, Rosa Delauro~ Italian American


221Third District Congresswoman, Rosa DeLauro grew up in Wooster Square, New Haven, Connecticut. Her parents were both on the board of Alders for years and years. Her Mother, Luisa DeLauro to this day is the longest-serving alderperson ever from 1965 to 1999. Congresswoman, DeLauro who has served in the U.S. House of representatives for 25-years, came on NYBERG to talk about those wonderful family times in Wooster Square where everyone was family.


Congresswoman DeLauro  recalls:

“My grandmother’s pastry shop, Canestri’s, was located in the Wooster Square neighborhood, in the heart of New Haven’s Italian American Community.  The pastry shop was always filled with people and the sweet smells of Italian pastry – – the cream puffs were always my favorite.

My grandfather was a chef in his family’s hotel, La Serena, in Amalfi, Italy.  He followed my grandmother’s family to America where they settled in New Haven.  My grandparents were soon married and opened the pastry shop.  My grandfather would bake the pastry at night then go to work at the lumber company during the day.  My grandmother would sell them in the bakery.  Sadly, my grandfather died at the age of 31, and my grandmother took over the business.  She used to say that her husband would come to her in her dreams and tell her how to make the pastries.

After my grandfathers’ death, my mother and her sisters and brothers helped my grandmother run the pastry shop.  My mother learned many of the recipes including the one for cream puffs and was charged with making them every day.  Even today, I can often find my mother in her kitchen whipping up a batch of her famous cream puffs.”


Luisa DeLauro’s Cream Puffs


1 cup boiling water

1 stick butter or margarine

1 cup flour

4 eggs

Boil water and butter; add flour, mix well; add eggs one at a time.

Form tiny balls 3/4″ (they will double in size).

Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes; puffs should be golden brown.


Italian Cream:

5 tablespoons sifted flour

1/3 cup sugar

2 egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups scalded milk

1 tablespoon butter or margarine


Sift flour; add sugar; add eggs one at a time. Beat until smooth; add vanilla; pour in hot milk; stir constantly until thick; add butter.  Cool before filling puffs.