Carlotta Yonkers simmers cioppino, an Italian fish stew, every Christmas Eve to serve to her extended-family members who gather for the Feast of the Seven Fishes. She served it in dishes she bought on a trip to Italy.
Sylvia Potesta and her daughter Carlotta Yonkers continue the Italian tradition of preparing seafood dishes on Christmas Eve, although they're simplified the menu a bit from the seven courses Sylvia used to prepare.
Carlotta Yonkers adds fresh shrimp to a gently simmering pot of cioppino.
Cioppino's final moments require careful timing to ensure that the seafood is tender and not overcooked.