Stecca Bread Sticks

Stecca Bread Sticks

Stecca Bread Sticks

Life does work in mysterious ways. In my twenties, my parents, college teachers and random older people told me to pursue those things in life I was “passionate” about. At that time in my life, that word had no meaning to me, or it was just something I never gave any thought to. It seemed I just didn’t have the luxury to feel passionate about anything. After college, I scrambled just to find any job that would support a roof over my head and some food on my table. When I look back on those years in the job force, they were totally devoid of any passion. It was merely what I had to do to get by.

By my thirties, I was married with a young family to raise, and for the next twenty years they were my focus and priority. Today, my sons are young men and ready to venture out into the world on their own. Though my job as a mother and life advisor is not over, I’m just not needed on a “24-7″ basis any more. Interestingly, it’s actually given me time to pursue some things that I feel a great deal of passion for. Now, at this point in my life, I understand that word and the concept.

I never saw it coming, but my passion as it turns out, appears to be baking and cooking. That’s how I would identify those feelings I experience when I embark on a new cooking project. This blog has given me a vehicle and a platform to express my new found passion. I wonder though, how would my life have turned out if I had discovered this “passion” in my youth? Could I have made a career out of it, and where would I be today if I had spent my life pursuing this passion?

Tonight however, I’m enjoying both of my “passions” at once. My family is getting ready to sit down and have dinner TOGETHER!  It’s a rare occurrence these days. My older son, the chef, works so much we rarely see him. My high school son seems to have a million activities and never sits down long enough to eat dinner. But tonight I’ve made a pasta Bolognese, Caesar salad, and this incredible Italian bread called Stecca.

Stecca Bread Sticks

Stecca Bread Sticks

The Stecca has a crisp and crunchy exterior and a soft, airy interior. The recipe makes 4 “bread sticks” (Stecca means stick in Italian), one is dotted with salty, green olives and the other with cherry tomatoes, garlic, fresh thyme and sea salt. It’s an absolutely hearty and rustic bread. And yes, I’m very “passionate” about it!

Stecca Bread Sticks

Stecca Bread Sticks 

Stecca

From My Bread by Jim Lahey

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I love the combination of tomatoes and fresh herbs

13 thoughts on “Stecca Bread Sticks

  1. so this is what Larry was raving about!!! I hope you sent a slice home for me!! This looks delicious – and all my favorite flavors too! You continue to surprise and amaze me with your many and various talents!! xoxox your bff!!

  2. I love your passion for baking and cooking – two things I embrace as well. But your expression of your feelings is really quite the “icing on the cake!” It brings the reader close to what you are thinking and feeling, and for that we are grateful!

  3. isn’t it lovely when two perfect passions can come together in a gorgeous evening meal? this bread looks amazing! while i am a trained pastry chef, i still am a bit nervous about bread…and always find an excuse to buy rather than make.but…this looks so good–i might have to break out the yeast and give it the ol’ college try! happy to have found your blog

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