Welcome to another enchanting episode of La Befana’s Table!
It's always fascinating to learn from people like Melissa Laurita Kohl, who brings such a unique blend of traditions, practices, and magic into their lives. Join us as we sit down with the delightful Melissa, whose journey from the bustling streets of New York City to the serene landscapes of Vermont reveals the transformative power of nature and ancestral connections.
In this episode, we delve into the world of Melissa Laurita Cole, an inspiring individual who has masterfully intertwined the realms of herbal magic and culinary art. Discover how she masterfully combines her expertise in herbs with her love for comfort food, resulting in dishes that not only tantalize the taste buds but also nurture both body and soul.
Melissa's story about connecting with her ancestors is truly heartwarming. She talks about her special bond with her great-great aunt Millie, which shows how family ties are something magical. Through making pasta, Melissa bridges generations, respecting her heritage while crafting something fresh and beautiful.
Her journey from city life to nature's embrace and her Italian roots reminds us that there's more than one way to find ourselves. I'm excited to see Melissa keep exploring her unique blend of herbal magic and pasta-making, and I hope her story inspires you to find magic in your own life.
More of what we talked about:
9:17 The balance of being a preservationist, preserving the old and embracing the new, and keeping it in a way that is authentic
16:16 The history of medicinal herbs in pasta
26:19 The importance of making pasta for the healing
37:23 The process of letting yourself fall apart and being grateful despite life’s adversaries
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