I am so glad to announce that The Nurturing Hearth has its mission and tagline now: A rustic return to old world Italy for food that warms the soul!
After much inner searching and reflecting on what I want to do via The Nurturing Hearth, it came clearly yesterday morning what I was not looking to do. I was not looking to be just another site for Italian recipes as there are so many others out there doing that, and doing it even better than I.
I know I have fallen in love with the old world ways of Italy that focus primarily on what foods they were sowing, growing, gathering, harvesting, hunting, cooking, and serving. So what I want to do is 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. And also a place for you to come and find Italian recipes that are simple and rustic, yet tasty and appealing; and provide insights and tips 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.
Growing up in our family we gathered each evening around the table to eat and talk. This impacted me in so many ways, especially when I went to other people’s homes for meals and noticed that not everyone gathers, gives thanks, and eats like we did.
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. This I find to be so important in today’s world that has grown so fast through technology, to take the time each night and gather with no phones, deadlines, meetings, etc, and just be together.
My dream is one day to own a home with a large hearth in the kitchen so I can cook over the open fire just like my ancestors did. A hearth that will provide warmth, smells, and flavors that will nourish and nurture each family member and guest that comes over. And some day a restaurant with a very large hearth in the kitchen that will serve the same purpose!
I have been returning to my rustic roots over the past year out on the farm we live in. I have been researching old world ways of living and recipes, and yesterday I knew it was time to bring this to others.
Thanks for supporting me on my journey. And I look forward to supporting you on your journey!