As we enter the new year, we give thanks to our blessings: family, health, prosperity, and of course, delicious food. And while no two families or homes are the same, there is one universal gathering place during the holidays, and that is every home’s hearth: The kitchen. A hearth, derived from a fireplace, is a soothing, central warm spot around which the family gathers to share warmth, recipes, and indulgence. At the center of it all, is Pastene, bringing you your favorite meals and moments.
Warmth can come in many forms: A comforting fire, a hug from a loved one, or a delicious hot meal. This is the time of year, we are all huddled inside, watching the snowfall, and the cool air breeze by, meanwhile inside, we sip hot-coco and snuggle under warm blankets. Whether it’s a plate of Meatballs Sicilian style or a cup of Old-Fashioned Tomato Soup, some recipes become even cozier and yummier as they warm your tummy. The combination of loved ones and hot cooked meals radiates a warm, welcome invitation throughout the home.
Gathering with loved ones is a key ingredient to the holiday season, and although some years may look different, the kitchen still brings us together. People come together to celebrate each other, to share laughs, hardships, memories, wishes, and experiences old and new. Togetherness is more than just being in the same physical location, it’s about feeling connected — as one does amongst their loved ones picking from the Stuffed Hot Cherry Pepper Poppers or setting the dinner table. For some, it might be easier to feel a little less intimidated by participating in the kitchen duties, like chopping up Hot Cherry Peppers or opening a jar of your favorite Cerignola Olives to add to a fan-favorite Charcuterie board or even whipping up a fresh batch of Pastene Bruschetta should do the trick.
Holidays or not, the kitchen is one of the most heavily used rooms in the house and for good reason: We have to eat! Fortunately, we live in a time where we have food that is healthy, nutritious, and delicious. In fact, that’s one of the principles Pastene was founded upon. Besides, who wants to be known for serving food that’s not healthy or delicious — when you can have both? (Looking at you, Grilled Eggplant Parm). It’s said that you can tell a lot about a person based on what kind of food they keep in their home, so be proud to cook for others knowing you have Pastene’s natural, authentic ingredients coming directly from the source since 1874.
Whatever your holiday of choice is, be sure to appreciate all of the ways your kitchen serves your family and loved ones. There are a whole host of reasons for guests to gather in the hearth, so give them another reason with a traditional home-style recipe featuring some of your favorite ingredients to match the mood. And from the Pastene kitchen to yours: Buon appetito!