An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker

Meet Benedetta from Fatto in Casa da Benedetta.

She has a Facebook page, a blog, an Instagram account, and a YouTube channel which I follow because she cooks delicious, authentic Italian food. She recently published her first cookbook which you can purchase on Amazon, but before you place an order please be aware that it is written in Italian.

Aside from her good food and the easy-to-follow recipes, I love to watch her because she personifies the Italian kitchen. Her door is always open, and very often children will come in during a video shoot  and she will stop what she's doing to give them something just hot out of the oven.

Then there is this photo which she recently posted on Instagram. She is standing next to bricklayers (a father and his two sons) who are working on a few small jobs around her house. She took this photo to express her thanks to them (and others like them) who work hard, and honestly, and help people's dreams become reality. And because it was lunchtime, Benedetta not only fixed them a huge pranzo, but she sat down and ate with them.

I love this. I love how she took the moment to highlight the importance of laborers and how she used food to show her appreciation. Really, I look at that photo and it makes me smile.

Then yesterday, a work crew arrived to replace our roof. It is backbreaking work pulling up old shingles, it's hot climbing on a black surface in the open sun, and it's very dangerous (we have 10-foot ceilings on both floors, and with a third floor attic our roof is high and very steep). And just like Benedetta, I wanted to feed them.

So now, as I am writing this post there is a small crew of roofers eating lunch in our backyard. We moved two tables under the trees and set out sub sandwiches, chips, fruit, iced tea and lemonade, and a few minutes ago Timothy carried out a tray of homemade chocolate chip cookies.

It takes all kinds of people to make this world go 'round. Not everyone can be a physicist, but not everyone can be a bricklayer, either. Every person is just as important as the next one and every person -- whether a doctor, Wal-Mart cashier,  teacher, sanitation worker, police officer, janitor -- deserves the same respect.

Providing subs and a shady place to eat is not much, but maybe it's enough for them to know that we care about the work they do.

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