Women of the kitchen and the garden unite! This website is a place to share what I have learned from the beautiful Italian women in my family who understood the best way to bring everyone together was around the dinner table. Growing fruits and vegetables in the backyard, raising chickens, cooking, knitting, sewing, and loving on us children, that is the legacy left behind by these women. As the only girl of seven children, I got to hang with the women wherever they gathered. I was loved on and encouraged to try everything, and I heard some great stories in the process. Today, my greatest joy is to sit at one end of the table, my husband at the other, and listen to the sounds of plates being passed around and stories being shared.
The matriarch of the family was my beloved great-grandmother, Mamanika, seen here with her Revereware sauce and soup pot that doubled as a mixing bowl for her legendary “S” cookies. She came to the U.S. through Ellis Island when she was sixteen. Sewing and knitting were skills she learned growing up in Sicily. Everyone loved her. She taught us to make seashell necklaces on the beach. She loved to shock people.
Her daughter, my dear grandmother, seen here on her Schwinn three-wheeler. She made the best spaghetti and meatballs and was an amazing seamstress who did things like make my First Holy Communion dress. I adored everything about her.
Her daughter, my mother, was beautiful, petite, tough, and a true Maker. Cooking veggies was her superpower and a daily trip to the farmstand was a must. Twenty years ago she painted a watercolor of a chicken that is now the logo for my blog. There wasn’t anything she couldn’t make. My favorite memories were cooking with her in the kitchen and the sparkle and enthusiasm that came with searching for supplies when we got an idea for a new project. I miss her every day.
Mom’s baby sister: Rachelle, was more big sister than an aunt to me. We grew up as neighbors in the coastal community of Bay View in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. She is shown here on Christmas Eve making the Sicilian Seven Fishes with the next generation. She fills a room with love and joy.
And then there is my husband, The Biscuit King who loves exploring the countryside and visiting farms with me. He intuitively knows when to slow down for a good photo op. His logical approach to life balances my passionate approach. To know him is to love him. His three sons and grandson love fishing, hunting, and making things with him.
Cooking for everyone in my kitchen makes me happy.
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