I was recently nominated by a fellow blogger – Travel. Garden. Eat. – for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. This particular award means a great deal to me because for so many years, inspiration is the very thing that was absent from my life. I had love, health, family and friendship, but no inspiration. Although lucrative, my career as a corporate attorney left me feeling wanting – I kept waiting for that elusive “something more” but was too afraid to seek it out. My decision to finally stop practicing law was the most difficult I have ever made. However, my new career cooking and writing and teaching about Italian food inspires me to learn more, do more and be more.
So to accept this award, I must follow four simple rules (listed in bold):
1. Display the award logo on your blog
2. Link back to the person who nominated you
My heartfelt thanks to Travel. Garden. Eat. (http://travelgardeneat.com/) for including me on its list of “Very Inspiring Bloggers” — Kat and I are kindred spirits when it comes to the “travel” and “eat” part… and I’m counting on her to help me with the “garden” bit! I’m so fortunate to have found your smart, witty and creative blog. Thank you for acknowledging mine.
3. State 7 things about yourself
- I’m a hopeless romantic and my favorite love story is from Canto 5 of Dante’s Inferno, the story of Paola Malatesta and Francesca da Rimini, the star-crossed lovers trapped in an eternal whirlwind in the second circle of hell, doomed to be forever swept through the air just as they allowed themselves to be swept away by their passions. “Galeotto fu ‘l libro e chi lo scrisse: quel giorno più non vi leggemmo avante.”
- I am an only child and have three little boys of my own (ages 7, 5 & 3).
- I am passionate about fresh, handmade pasta — among my favorites to make are tajarin, corzetti, orecchiette, cappellacci di zucca and gnocchi.
- Jane Austen is my favorite author. I’ve read her books more times than I can count and wrote my college thesis on “The Vilification of Motherhood in Jane Austen’s novels.”
- Michelangelo’s Pieta’ in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome brings me to tears each time I see it.
- My mother’s Arancini – Sicilian rice balls – are my favorite food and I ask her to make them for my birthday every year.
- If I were given the choice of traveling only to Italy for the rest of my life or traveling the whole world but never visiting Italy again, I’d ditch the world and take Italy!
4. Nominate other bloggers for this award and link to them.
And now it’s time to pay it forward. I would like to nominate the following bloggers for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award:
- Where Lemons Blossom (http://wherelemonsblossom.wordpress.com) – A thoughtful and lovely blog about food, tradition and culture in the beautiful Italian region of Le Marche
- Lrntn’s Blog (http://lrntn.wordpress.com/) – A travel photography blog that recently featured unique and captivating photos of Carnevale in Venice
- Eat, Play, Love (http://ourfamilyfoodadventures.com/) — A family’s mission to celebrate food as “edible culture” (to borrow a phrase from a friend)
- Hang Onto the Vine (http://hangontothevine.com/) – An Italian-American’s exploration of her Abruzzese roots (clearly another kindred spirit)
Thank you for inspiring me and keep doing what you do! Ciao!