Ciao, it is Mother’s Day on Sunday.. I just want to wish all of my readers and followers who are mother’s, a beautiful, relaxing, and enjoyable day with your families.
|(L-R) Grandma Julia, Great-Grandma Sofia, & my mom, Madeline|
As both a daughter and a mom, Mother’s Day gives me the opportunity to tell my mom how much I appreciate, respect, and admire her. It also reminds me of what my mom really means to me. As the oldest sibling in my family, I had the privilege of watching my mom raise my two younger brothers, work full-time as a teacher, and take care of our entire family, which included my dad, and my grandmother that lived with us. Her tireless example taught me the value of hard work and her encouragement of my creativity. Her ideas gave me the confidence to pursue my own dreams. She helped me to believe I could do anything that I set my mind to. My mother taught me the importance of education, work ethic, faith, and of course family. My mom taught me to be generous, grateful, and how to keep strong. Her attitude is always positive and is always trying to make everyone comfortable. Even if she is tired and exhausted, she pushes to make everyone happy. To her, my Dad and the family are so important. Her children and grandchildren are extra special in her life as well.
Mother’s Day is an annual holiday that recognizes mother’s and motherhood. In the United States we celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May. The holiday was created by Anna Jarvis who lived in West Virginia. The year was 1908 and she wanted to accomplish a dream her mother had, which was to have a celebration for all mothers. She kept promoting the idea and even enlisted John Wanamaker, a wealthy business man from Philadelphia. Her persistent promoting finally paid off, President Woodrow Wilson finally make it an official holiday in 1914. Eventually the holiday became so commercially publicized that Anna Jarvis ended up opposing the holiday she helped to create. When she died in 1948 she regretted that it had become a holiday in the United States. Today, Mother’s Day still remains one of the biggest days for selling flowers, greeting cards, and other gifts to celebrate mothers. It is also the biggest holiday for long -distance telephone calls. Carnations, became the traditional flower to represent the celebration of Mother’s Day. Anna Jarvis, chose the carnation because it was her mothers’ favorite flower. As florists sales expanded the more types of flowers were sold. Florists promoted wearing a red carnation if your mother was living, or a white one if she had passed on.
In Italy, Mother’s Day was celebrated for the first time on May 12, 1957, in the city of Assisi. Throughout Italy, it is usually celebrated on the second Sunday in May just like the United States. Italian Mother’s Day is not as commercialized like the United States. It is a day for families and for very personal expressions of love. Italian mothers, traditionally celebrate Mother’s Day by bringing the whole family together. La Mamma is not allowed to do any housework on that special day. She will have breakfast made for her, (fresh pastries and coffee/tea.) Cards are not as popular either. It is far more common for children to write their own poems or thanks for Mother’s Day than buy a store bought card. As for Italian mothers, attending church on Mother’s Day morning is still an important part of their tradition. In Christianity, the word “mother” is referred to the mother church, the giver of spiritual life.
One of my Mom’s favorite foods is pasta. This recipe I am sharing is a delicious and simple Italian pasta recipe called, “Rigatoni with Prosciutto & Peas In Vodka Sauce”
“Rigatoni with Prosciutto & Peas In Vodka Sauce”
1 pound Rigatoni
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
1/4 cup shallots (finely chopped)
4 cloves minced garlic
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
1/2 cup good Vodka
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cup tomato sauce
3 ounces Prosciutto, chopped bite sized pieces
1 1/2 cups frozen sweet peas, brought to room temperature
Salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
3/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano
1/4 cup chopped parsley flakes
Start by cooking rigatoni according to package directions. Reserve about 1/2 cup pasta water. Heat extra virgin olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped Prosciutto. Cook until crispy, about 3 minutes. Remove Prosciutto from skillet and place on paper towel to drain. With remaining olive oil in the skillet, add about 1 tablespoon butter to skillet. Add shallot and cook for about 2 minutes. Add garlic and red pepper flakes (optional) and cook for another minute. Remove skillet from heat and add tomato sauce, vodka and salt to taste. Stir to combine and place back on heat. Cook for about 8-9 minutes to allow the vodka to burn off. Add the heavy cream and stir to combine. Cook for another 3-4 minutes until the sauce becomes thick. Turn the heat down to low and add the peas. Cook for about 1-2 minutes and remove from the heat. Add crispy Prosciutto. Stir in pasta. If the sauce is too thick, you can add some of the reserve pasta water. Place parsley on top of pasta then serve with freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese, a crisp salad, and your favorite crusty bread. Serves: 4-6
As I close this post for now, have a wonderful and relaxing day. Everyday should be Mother’s Day. Enjoy the day and make many memories with your family and friends. Buon Appetito !!
Till Next Time…………………….
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