Good cooking is the result of a balance struck between frugality and liberality. Patience Gray
Cooking must express taste, not technique, because technique alone does not communicate anything. Marcella Hazan
Ever find yourself wondering how to cook simple, tasty, and nourishing traditional Italian food that leaves you satisfied in body and soul afterwards? Are you looking for basic Italian kitchen skills? Or are you looking to take your Italian culinary skills to the next level?
I SURE WAS! In 2013 I left corporate America, became a stay-at-home dad, and began to cook Italian food for them. This journey has led me to creating The Nurturing Hearth! In 2015 I spent 5 glorious weeks eating, studying, and traveling through central Italy. What I took home from this trip was that I want to bring Italy to America, and change the course of our family life. We decided then that it was time to start a rustic Italian farmstead. We moved back to Wisconsin and found our dream farmstead! Then in 2017 I spent another 10 weeks in Sicily at Cook The Farm. My time spent living in the rustic land of Sicilia deepened my love for getting back to our rustic agricutural roots, and to be able to share this all with you brings me such happiness.
It’s no secret that the Italian mammas and the nonnas have been doing it for centuries now around their old hearths in their rustic kitchens, passing down recipes and tips from generation to generation.
In my journey I have researched the Old Italian ways and fallen in love with them, and I want to provide a place, just like the hearth does in the country Italian kitchen, for people:
- to gather around, be nurtured, and experience an old familiar way of living, eating, and being
- to learn the art of Italian cooking- the timing, the feeling, the building, and the necessary intuition needed to feel your way through the experience
- to learn how to buy cleaner foods, prepare them, plant them, harvest them, and so on
In addition, this is a place for you to come and find traditional Italian recipes that are simple and rustic, yet tasty and appealing; and provide insights and tips (How To Utilize Your Roast Gravy With Pasta) that I use in my kitchen. This is what I love to do and this is what I want to give to you all- ways to incorporate this old world way back into your lives, communities, and world.
Country people and fishermen created them (dishes), great chefs refined them and wrote them down. Patience Gray
Growing up in our family we gathered each evening around the table to eat and talk. Now that I am a father, and the cook of the family, I am so happy that we dine together each evening, and eat foods that are consciously chosen, prepared, cooked, and served for the purpose of gathering together and growing closer to each other.
My dream is to enlighten whoever comes to the Nurturing Hearth about Italian ways of cooking and eating and living. Because I have found so many health benefits from living this way, not only in body, but in mind and soul too!
So please come to the Nurturing Hearth, and be warmed up by the knowledge of the Old Italian ways, by the smells and flavors of the traditional Italian dishes. Try out the recipes and utilize the tips, and see those who come to your table being nourished and nurtured.
Thank you to all my readers both near and far for your support and enthusiasm in the kitchen! Look forward to hearing from you all.