Growing up Italian was such a Blessing and a lot of fun! My grandmothers always had a garden where they grew their beautiful vegetables, herbs, and greens. The food they cooked growing up was fresh, homemade, and delicious of course.
It wasn't until I got older that I could really understand and appreciate the work and love that my grandmothers and mother put into cooking each meal. I have a greater respect and understanding towards them, working hard to raise their children, taking care of their household, while cooking fresh meals for their family. Growing up Italian, food was often the center of it all, food brought people together to laugh, love, and create memories. I have beautiful memories of spending Sundays after church with my cousins and eating food that could have fed a hundred people (Italians want to make sure you're never hungry!). It is important to hold onto traditions from family and pass those onto your children and grandchildren, to continue to create beautiful memories.
When it comes to fresh food, having a garden can take some time to maintain and care for, but if you can, it is worth it. The taste and health benefits of growing your own food are truly amazing. If you do not have the yard space or time to grow a garden, buy small pots and plant fresh herbs and tomato plants. You can often keep these on your porch, balconies, or deck!