Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mama's Recipe - Memories of Mama

Meatball Mama
Mama always loved food, the recipe to keep Mama happy was FOOD! It was something we'd always talk about... even up until her last few days. When all else failed, I knew the topic of food would never fail. We'd talk about what she ate, what she was going to eat or what she really wanted to eat. As her memory decreased I'd ask her about what she ate to see if she remembered on that particular day. I always knew what she had because I'd check the weekly menu on her bulletin board. If she didn't remember she'd make something up that was safe... usually spaghetti and meatballs (her favorite) or meat and potatoes (always a good answer).

When Mama was having a bad day I'd ask her about some of her favorite recipes. It became a running joke because every dish she ever made always had the same ingredients. She'd say "a little salt, a little pepper, olive oil and a lot of Italian cheese". It didn't matter what the dish, this was the stock answer. Looking back, it did hold true to most of her recipes. At the time it was funny and I'd egg her on to see how far I could take her and what other ingredients should would add. Most of the time she caught on and would laugh and tell me to "shut the hell up and enough with the damn recipes".

Mangia Mama!
And that's when she'd break into song and I knew all was good for the night. Thank God for music and of course "a little salt, a little pepper, olive oil and a lot of Italian cheese".

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