Over the holidays I talked a lot about my family’s deep rooted traditions and recipes, which brought up a thought that never crossed my mind before: I’m unconsciously failing at creating my own traditions. I’m now on a mission to start our own activities and recipes to pass down to generations to come, starting with a delicious pasta dish.
Since I was a little girl the women in my family have used Ragú (unless they’re cooking up a big pot of homemade sauce), so no other sauce measures up in the comfort food department. In an effort to keep that same classic flavor while starting a new recipe tradition for my family, I grabbed a jar of my old favorite and added a few new ingredients.
I landed on squash for me, bacon for my husband, and garlic and basil for all.
Did you know that Ragú was has roots tracing back just 67 miles from where I grew up in Buffalo? Well I didn’t, but I wanted to know more once I found out. Apparently a woman named Assunta Cantisano and her husband Giovanni first started the company back in 1937 in their basement.
Maybe it’s the hometown connection, the likeness to my own grandmother’s delicious sauce (and the fact that her maiden name, Carniato, is so similar), but it always makes me feel warm with thoughts of home.
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What foods remind you of home? Have you created any recipes that you’ll be passing on to loved ones?