Stories Told at My Mother’s Recipe

October 13, 2017

Tuesday: Soup with Side o’ Fruitcake

When Janet was 12 years old, her mother emigrated to the United States. In Jamaica there were many families like hers, where moms or dads had to work outside the country to support their families. The act of leaving in order to strengthen a family's resources was a powerful act of love and sacrifice, but to twelve-year old Janet, it represented it's own challenges.”

October 11, 2017

Bubba’s Cream Cheese French Toast

I onced asked my granddaughter what she would say when people asked what she remembered about her grandmother. I expected her to say something like, “she taught me how to knit;” or, “she made the most delicious cream cheese French toast.”

October 11, 2017

Annual Lasagna

Every April she gets a year older. Every April there is a party for the people celebrating that accomplishment. In this case the birthday girl is not taken out, rather the party is brought to her.

October 9, 2017

This is the World in a Tiny Leaf

If you've ever read Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past" you will understand where I'm going with this. Proust's narrator takes a bite of a madeleine and is instantly transported to another time and place in which he reunites with all the characters and places and events of his far-away past.

August 18, 2017

Momma’s Tomato Soup

I had not eaten tomato soup in about 30 years. I could not find my mother's tomato soup. Each winter, when I went to Florida, friends and relatives would assure me that they had found THE restaurant that served Momma's tomato soup. I tried each and every one of them and always came away disappointed.

August 16, 2017

Pollo con Salsa de Ajo

It all started when I was about 4 years-old. I was in Spain with my father, mother and older brother. I was in the kitchen, ready for my food to come. My great-aunt, my father’s aunt, was cooking the food. I saw her teaching my mom how to make a delicious dish called ‘’pollo con salsa de ajo,’’ also known as ‘’Chicken with Garlic Sauce.’’