Stories Told at My Mother’s Recipe

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.’’

August 16, 2017

My Mother is a Gourmet Chef

My mother could taste something, figure out the ingredients and then put it back together. She had the gift of tasting something and knowing exactly what ingredient was missing and how much to add.

August 16, 2017

My Father’s Meatballs

My dad was a butcher, so we were often treated to some form of meat at meals, but Sunday was the day when it got the regal roll-out: heaping, steaming plates of gravy-dripping pork, lamb and sausage. But the much awaited star of the show was the humble meatball: fat, round, gravied or just plain fried.