Rue's Kitchen's primary mission is the preservation of customs and practices. Herein you will find traditional Italian (from various regions) witchcraft (stregoneria italiana), folk magic (magia operativa), folk medicine (medicina popolare tradizionale), and old-fashioned Roman Catholic folk religion, (scongiuri, congiuri ed incantesimi), practiced, by Italians of all faiths, all over the world. You will also find information on customs, traditions, and heirloom recipes.
Why "Rue's Kitchen"? The kitchen, my kitchen, has always been the hub of many charms, rituals, healings, and celebrations.
This tradition is very rich, and in it will be found the magical and religious rituals and prayers for the outward expression of one's inner spirituality for every phase and condition of one's life. The practices of witchcraft, folk medicine, blessing rituals, and cooking are inextricably woven into the fabric of Italian culture -no matter where Italians are geographically located. Together, these components are vastly greater, and more intangible, than the sum of their parts thus, from both the practical and cultural standpoint, any effort to divorce one from the other, diminishes the tradition as a whole.
I am blessed to have learned at the feet of the great matriarchs of my family and community, and it is to them that I dedicate this website and my ongoing devotion to 'the things we do'.
"Darkness precedes Light and She is Mother."
-words inscribed on the altar of the Salerno Cathedral in Italy.