Originally, this recipe was written for Food & Nutrition and it didn’t have much personal significance to me; it isn’t a secret family recipe and doesn’t have any unusual or unique ingredients. It was simply a new recipe to experiment with. But at the time I was testing this recipe, I was working with the geriatric population in a skilled nursing facility. One of my patients, an Italian man who had worked in fine dining restaurants his entire life, was less than impressed with the facility’s menu and it was to the point that I would go see him about every meal to make sure he was eating something. Each time I went, though, we would end up talking about our favorite foods, the restaurants we had worked in, and his health. So the weekend after I had tested the Pasta Puttanesca recipe, I offered to make some for him.
I don’t think I’ve ever been so nervous for someone to try a dish I prepared, but he loved it. From then on, I made sure he had Pasta Puttanesca whenever he wanted it. He went home not too long after that, but I wrote the recipe down so his daughter could prepare it for him.
Food is powerful. We are all connected by it….young and old, every culture, rich and poor. Food can help us heal, both physically and mentally. And sometimes food is comfort.
This recipe is for Mr. R 🙂