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THE NONNA BOX STORY
Growing up, Sundays were spent at Nonna’s. My whole family — parents, sister, aunts, uncles and cousins — descended on her house for a day of cooking, eating, and, for us kids, playing (oftentimes with mounds of moldable pasta dough).
Mesmerized, I’d watch Nonna in the kitchen while she’d turn simple flour and eggs into a batch of tagliatelle to be mixed with an always-ready pot of traditional and love-filled ragu alla bolognese.
But alas, I grew up and moved from Italy and my hometown of Cesena. No longer able to spend Sundays at Nonna’s for lunch, I do, admittedly, get homesick.
So I cook. I cook cannelloni and pasta verde and local-to-my-region tortelli — all pastas made according to a family book of recipes, stories, and cooking secrets passed down to me from my nonna.
Nonna’s culinary powers were magical in my mind — and we, her family, weren’t the only ones who thought so. You see, she didn’t just cook for us, but for people from all around Italy, who flocked, mouths watering, to her revered restaurant in San Carlo di Cesena.
Longing to recreate Nonna’s magic here in the States, I spent many an evening devouring a tasty-but-not-Nonna’s tagliatelle as I pondered what made her meals so special, flavorful and authentic beyond just the love she put into them.
“The ingredients are an important part of my cuisine,” I remembered my nonna saying. “I’ve always relied on local products, and since I know every single producer personally – because they’re my neighbors – quality isn’t a concern.”
I realized Nonna’s culinary powers not only came from her love and special recipes, but also from local products made through time-honored traditions and by artisans committed to their craft.
And for that reason I started Nonna Box — so that both you and I can travel to Italy via our kitchens, exploring each region not only through its authentic food, but also through the story and loving recipes of a local nonna.
Raise your hand if you love Italian food!? If anyone is NOT raising their hand, we’re not friends. =) But seriously, the Italians know how to cook. And Italian Nonnas? Forget about it!
I am so excited to tell you about the new Nonna Box that I was able to review. If you love Italian food, you’re going to LOVE this Italian gourmet gift box that is filled with incredible ingredients straight from different regions in Italy.
Each ingredient includes a card with a ton of great information about what it is, what it’s used for, where it came from, and more. There are also recipe cards, and well as totally adorable, priceless stories and recipes from real Italian “Nonnas”. What a great idea, right?
The first thing I made was the Risotto con Funghi Porcini. It was SO DELICIOUS- and so easy! I love the idea of having fabulous ingredients sent to my doorstep, and making an amazing, authentic Italian dish with just a few added ingredients from my pantry and fridge. The whole family enjoyed it, and we followed up with a few of the chocolates that were sent in…. HOLY YUM! Best chocolate I’ve ever had. And my boys had so much fun with the corn cookies, and putting the Moscoto wine cream on top. What a treat.
This is such a great idea, and would be so fun for any family, as well as a perfect gift idea for that hard to buy for person on your list! We definitely recommend the Nonna box!
Things that are Brag Worthy:
- Each month, Receive a box with 6 artisanal gourmet products from different regions of Italy
- DELICIOUS ingredients
- Free shipping
- Cancel or pause anytime
- Experience Italy from your home
Visit www.nonnabox.com to get started today! Even better, use the code “NONNA10” for 10% off the first month!
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