Food Memories

Every Tuesday and Thursday, I prepare home-cooked regional Italian dinners for local clients.  I try to change the menus weekly and only repeat my customers’ favorites. While deciding on this week’s menus, a particularly fond food memory came to mind. Two summers ago, for our 10th anniversary, my husband Michael and I returned to the place where we began our honeymoon — Venice, “La Serenissima.” This time, however, we had 3 kids, ages 5, 4 and 2, in tow. Upon our arrival, we took a water taxi to the apartment we had rented, but the owner was nowhere to be found. I knocked on the neighbors’ door to inquire whether they had seen her and they insisted (literally) that my family of 5 wait in their tiny home. Sensing my anxiety and my children’s hunger, they poured me a glass of chilled prosecco and invited us “a pranzare”. Not wanting to impose and feeling more than a little uncomfortable at the prospect of breaking bread with these strangers, I politely declined. Before I could finish protesting, “la signora” added 5 place settings to her narrow table. We sat down for a lunch of crispy-skinned chicken, perfectly roasted potatoes and a garden tomato salad, a rustic meal that now signifies for me the very essence of Italian hospitality. My kids hungrily devoured their food while my husband and I became acquainted with our new friends. We eventually got into the apartment (the key was in an envelope under the doormat), but I’ll always be grateful for the delay.  I would love to one day build a “tapestry of food memories” on this site so please help me begin by sharing a favorite food memory of your own! Buona giornata!  Michelle 

P.S. – I’ll share the recipe for my crispy “patate al forno” later in the week, after my customers have already placed their orders! 😉

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2 thoughts on “Food Memories

  1. faz January 22, 2013 at 11:09 am Reply

    Wow those neighbors sounds so nice! Lovely food memory 🙂

  2. Majella Home Cooking January 22, 2013 at 11:22 pm Reply

    Thank you! They really personified Italian hospitality.

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