“Sometimes I think my papa is an accordion.
When he looks at me and smiles and breathes, I hear the notes.” ~Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
Happy Father’s Day to all.
Today is the day to celebrate the most important men in our lives–our fathers!
In my mind, it is almost impossible to over-estimate the importance of a father.
Dads, of course, come in all shapes and sizes, but I believe they are nonetheless synonymous with some key values in life.
A Father’s Gifts
After deep reflection, I believe fathers offer (at least!) the following five gifts:
- The gift of strength
- The gift of love
- The gift of respect
- The gift of dreams
- The gift of comfort
Let’s go one by one…
The Gift of Strength
Is there anything more comforting in the world than the tree-like strength of a father? In my life, I honestly do not have a single recollection of my father ever complaining. He was always there standing strong. Like a tree.
The Gift of Love
Of course, throughout our life, love comes to us in many different forms. Whether it’s romantic love or friendship, being loved (and loving back) is very much the staff of life. But there is something exquisitely special about the unending pureness and potency of a father’s love (especially a father-daughter love!).
The Gift of Respect
Jim Valvano has famously quipped, “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” The respect of a father is one of the biggest gifts on the planet–it builds confidence and it molds character.
The Gift of Dreams
Probably the biggest gift anyone can receive is the gift of dreams. A father plays an important role when it comes to dreams.
A father should set the bar high.
Encourage ambitious ‘reach for the moon’ goals.
I know that in my own personal life, my father has always seen my potential and encouraged me to fulfill it. Nothing has altered my life more.
The Gift of Comfort
Last but not least, a father comforts.
Since forever, my father was always right there to ‘cheerlead’ me on.
No matter what happened, he was there to pick me up and dust me off and make me feel tall when I felt small.
To this day, he is right there always telling me to never give up.
So in honor of Father’s Day and all those Dads out there who embrace us, I thought it would be only fitting to share a recipe for one of the greatest comfort foods around–pasta.
But First… a Few Words About the Comfort of Pasta…
Before I reveal the recipe, I thought it would be fun to share a few facts about pasta itself.
- The term pasta is an Italian word which means “dough, pastry cake” in Latin.
- It is made with durum wheat flour (or other flours) mixed with water, which is then boiled or baked. Pretty simple, right?
- Pasta is famous as a staple part of Italian cuisine. It is said that the first mention of it dates as far back as the 13th or 14th century in Italy. However, there are rumors that Marco Polo brought pasta to Italy from China (who had been eating noodles as early as 3000 B.C.).
- Nowadays, the US is the largest consumer of pasta with 6 billion pounds devoured each year.
Easy, cheap to make, and with so many varieties around the world, pasta is now a universal favorite.
Let’s Celebrate in Style With Plant-Based Carbonara!
And our Father’s Day gift for you is an exclusive recipe from Chef Chad Sarno for the most delicious Carbonara Pasta you will ever taste!
A breeze to make, this might very well be the best plant-based béchamel sauce out there!
Whip up this recipe and let’s all shout out big thanks to fathers everywhere.