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Me and my family (Jacob at 17 mo. and Joshua):

My name is Sarah Crowley Chestnut. I’m 31 years old. I live in an apartment in East Vancouver with my husband, Joshua and our eighteen-month-old son, Jacob. Other than obviously being wife and mother, I am a poet, a gardener, and a cook. In all these things, I am an amateur, I hope in the true sense of the word, as Robert Farrar Capon describes in the first chapter of his wonderful, unusual cookbook, The Supper of the Lamb. “Amateur and nonprofessional are not synonyms,” he writes. “The world may or may not need another cookbook, but it needs all the lovers–amateurs–it can get.” Further, he states, “A silent lover is one who doesn’t know his job.” And to that end, the blog.

The blog:

The idea started with Joshua, who had taken to watching The Sopranos to stay awake during his long night shifts. The abundant variety of pastas consumed on the show inspired his remark a few days before Christmas: “What if we made 2011 the year of Italian cooking?”

And so we did.  We started 2011 with more gusto than we ended with, but we learned some things (the true meaning and feel of al dente, for one)…and we ate a lot pasta, risotto and frittatas, and we fell in love with gorgonzola cheese.

Now, a year later, we are as committed to ‘home style’ cooking as we ever were–Italian or otherwise.  For us, ‘home style’ means fresh, slow food (no short cuts here, save the food processor on occasion), made with ingredients that have traveled the shortest distance possible (save the occasional avocado, of which I have not been able to ween myself…and of course olive oil…and coffee…and tea…let’s just be honest here), food that is prepared and partaken of with pleasure and care.  In 2012 I plan to open wide the types of recipes I post about–not just Italian anymore, but Italian-style cooking is more a way of life than anything, and in that respect, I think this blog still merits the name “Cucina Casalinga.”  Thanks for reading and cooking with me.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Nickaela permalink
    January 7, 2011 8:31 pm

    HOORAY!!!!!!!!!!!!I am so excited about this!!! Keep it coming!

  2. Amanda permalink
    January 7, 2011 9:29 pm

    Oh good. This will certainly be a good year. Indeed!

  3. August 20, 2012 1:45 pm

    ”Italian-style cooking is more a way of life than anything”: I totally agree! I like your blog.

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