My husband's mother was born in Navarons, Italy, and every year her father would pick wild cherries and soak them in homemade grappa. They would serve the soaked cherries, floating in fruit-infused grappa, as dessert on special occasions. This was considered a feminine, delicate drink, and was mostly offered to women; the men traditionally drank wine or straight grappa.
In keeping with family tradition, my husband's parents continued to soak grappa cherries every summer. They originally picked them from their wild cherry tree in Northport, Long Island, and later bought the summer's finest from local markets. They would soak the cherries from June to December, then give them as Christmas gifts to family and friends.
Now my husband continues the tradition passed down by his parents and grandparents and makes grappa cherries every June -- enjoyed by the women and men in our family all year round.
My true passion is anything that centers around food and cooking. I love to entertain and cook with family and friends. A juicy summer tomato sprinkled with sea salt is my idea of the perfect food and though I have tried it many times, I just can't get myself to like coconut. Braising is my cooking method of choice and I love salt! I prefer to cook then to bake, but regardless, I just love to be in the kitchen. I live in Manhattan with my husband and two children.
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