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Italian cheesecake is served at the home of (Credit: Michael Gross)

Italian cheesecake is served at the home of John and Florence Iavarone, owners of Iavarone Bros. markets on Long Island. (March 30, 2011)

An Iavarone family Easter

The family matriarch's spirit graces the holiday table.

Easter dinner is served at the home of
(Credit: Michael Gross)

Easter dinner is served at the home of John and Florence Iavarone, owners of Iavarone Bros. Italian markets on Long Island. Family patriarch Joe Iavarone Sr. leads the family in prayer before dinner. (March 30, 2011)

Roasted lamb is passed at the dinner table
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Roasted lamb is passed at the dinner table of John and Florence Iavarone, owners of Iavarone Bros. Italian markets on Long Island. (March 30, 2011)

Florence Iavarone bastes her roasted artichokes in her
(Credit: Michael Gross)

Florence Iavarone bastes her roasted artichokes in her home. It was Florence who prepared the feast in her mother-in-law's honor. "She was a wonderful woman," Florence said about the matriarch who died in January, "and I learned so much more from her than just cooking." (March 30, 2011)

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Florence Iavarone slices her sweet spaghetti pie. (March
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Florence Iavarone slices her sweet spaghetti pie. (March 30, 2011)

Roasted artichokes served at the home of John
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Roasted artichokes served at the home of John and Florence Iavarone. (March 30, 2011)

Sliced Easter lamb is served at the Iavarone
(Credit: Michael Gross)

Sliced Easter lamb is served at the Iavarone home. While Florence was monitoring the temperature of the leg of lamb with a high-tech probe thermometer, the men in the family pointedly ignored its digital readout, preferring to assess the meat's progress by peeking and prodding. (March 30, 2011)

Easter asparagus is served at the home of
(Credit: Michael Gross)

Easter asparagus is served at the home of John and Florence Iavarone. The recipe comes from matriarch Angelina Iavorone's most beloved recipe for braised, stuffed artichokes. (March 30, 2011)

Italian cheesecake is served at the home of
(Credit: Michael Gross)

Italian cheesecake is served at the home of John and Florence Iavarone, owners of Iavarone Bros. markets on Long Island. (March 30, 2011)

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Roasted potatoes are part of the Easter meal
(Credit: Michael Gross)

Roasted potatoes are part of the Easter meal at the home of John and Florence Iavarone, owners of Iavarone Bros. Italian markets. The secret to tender, crusty roast potatoes, says Florence Iavarone, is to use plenty of olive oil. (March 30, 2011)

Easter eggs adorn the dinner table at the
(Credit: Michael Gross)

Easter eggs adorn the dinner table at the home of John and Florence Iavarone, owners of Iavarone Bros. Italian markets on Long Island. (March 30, 2011)

Italian cheesecake is served at the home of
(Credit: Michael Gross)

Italian cheesecake is served at the home of John and Florence Iavarone. (March 30, 2011)

Florence Iavarone slices her pizza rustica. (March 30,
(Credit: Michael Gross)

Florence Iavarone slices her pizza rustica. (March 30, 2011)

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