My passion for cooking began long ago, in the small village of Bore, Italy, Provincia di Parma, where I was born.
It was expected that children learn the basic skills of making pasta, bread, risotto & polenta. I learned to knead pasta dough, cut cappelletti, roll gnocchi and stir polenta and risotto. There were no recipes or cookbooks, measurements were handed down from generation to generation as "a handful of this, a pinch of that, more water or flour as needed". Somehow everything tasted delicious and you took it for granted that someday you, too, would be able to cook that way.
My family and I moved to Milford, Massachusetts in November 1968. Things were very different in our new country. We purchased pasta in a box, learned of instant polenta, and ate sliced, soft, white bread (Wonder bread) stored in a plastic bag. Wow, so convenient!!
Luckily, my mother continued to cook as she always had and we ate the fantastic dishes we were accustomed to.
It's been a long journey to starting Cucina Celestina. I became an RN and worked 40 years in the medical field. But I've never stopped loving to cook and teach other the old world Italian dishes, sometimes adding my own modern twist. I recently had the opportunity to start my own business. Cucina Celestina cooking classes are events that provide personalized instruction as well as a venue for your family and friends to enjoy each other's company and make long lasting memories.