I once read that the main ingredient in an Italian dish is enjoying it with family and friends. In Italy, la famiglia is everything. And family gatherings are at the center of it all. You may have visions of what an Italian family dinner looks like from friendly stories or perhaps something you’ve seen in a movie, but you cannot truly grasp the bond between family members until you join them for a meal.
While in Italy, we were able to spend some quality time with Alexis’ Italian family at Ranise, their family’s olive orchard in Liguria, Italy. The 400-year-old olive trees are tended to by members of their extended family and have been passed down through generations. It was amazing to walk through the historical orchard and learn about the process of harvesting olives (and taste the finished product!). We learned that it takes many steps to get an olive from the tree to your table. Follow along as we share what we’ve learned…
On our trip to Italy, our Editorial Art Director Alexis and her family enjoyed a meal together to celebrate reuniting with their extended family. One of the dishes they fell in love with was a grilled vegetable antipasto. The word antipasto means “before the meal” in Italian. The tradition of an antipasto stretches back to medieval times in Italy, when diners used to mingle over finger foods, both sweet and savory, before sitting down to eat. Early recipes include everything from sugared nuts to clotted cream to spiced ham. Now, antipasti platters can have anything from olives, roasted red peppers, marinated artichokes and mushrooms and pepperoncini, chunks of Parmesan, fresh mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, sauteed zucchini, broccoli rabe, nuts, salami, fresh ricotta and bread on the side. We think there is no better way to start a meal, than with an abundant antipasto platter, artfully arranged with layers of meat, cheeses, vegetables and more. Get our recipe for the antipasto we enjoyed in Savona!
If asked what their favorite meal is, how many of your little citizens would say pizza? We know the majority of ours would (us included!). In a world of delicious, deliverable food right at your fingertips, it can be hard not to fall into the trap of ordering delivery instead of cooking. With a little extra energy and a few helping hands, you can take the next Friday family pizza night to a whole new level with our easy homemade pizza and a salad recipes!
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In celebration of Women’s History Month, The National Museum of Women in the Arts is running a campaign to spread awareness of women artists. Only five percent of art hanging in museums are by women!! So, they’ve started a campaign to challenge people to name five women artists. We’re always up for a challenge!
Dinners aren’t always easy. In our house, the more veggies we introduce, the more blank stares we receive. Always a winner for us? Pasta. Sometimes we can’t fight it and I reach for the box. Seeing Stella make pasta with her family in Italy made it us think… Is this something we could actually do as a family in our own home? Turns out it is! The entire family had a ton of fun and the results were absolutely delicious. Give it a try and let us know what you think.