An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Monday, April 28, 2014

La Cucina della Nonna

This afternoon I am cooking peperonata. It's a lovely Italian side-dish made with red, green and yellow peppers, olive oil, a little salt and pepper, and a whole lot of memories.

When I was growing up, Nonna would do most of the day's cooking early in the morning in order to beat the summertime heat.

As little girls, my sister and I would wake up to the most delicious smells, and we would enter the kitchen to bubbling pots on the stove, balcony windows thrown wide open, and my Nonna in an apron who would drop everything to give us kisses . . . and yes, that would be kisses in the plural.

This afternoon, my kitchen smells like Nonna's kitchen.


Chiara said...

Deve essere stata buonissima! Purtroppo non ho mai avuto l'occasione di assaggiarla.. Quando la fa mio papà... beh, si sente il profumo persino in camera mia!!! =)

:o) mg said...

What beautiful memories.

Tiziana said...

Mi hai commosso! Io mi ricordo che quando eravamo piccole, quando andavamo a fare il pic nic, la nonna preparava sempre la carne e la "famosa" peperonata e anche a me è rimasto un ricordo speciale.
Purtroppo non ne mangeremo mai più di così buona.
La nonna era molto orgogliosa di voi tre ragazzi e vi voleva veramente tanto bene.
Grazie per il ricordo.

GrandmaK said...

Memories of times pass wash over me at time and they are so welcome! Thank you for sharing!!! Cathy

Lisa said...

Goodness, Bia, this could have come straight out of "Coffee With Nonna" -- which the kids and I are still reading -- savoring. What wonderful memories surround food and smells -- what a wonderful reason to cook things from our childhood to share with our children! You're passing on these memories to your children.

Darla said...

Oh, how neat are childhood memories! Like Lisa said, you are now passing these memories on to your children! A legacy from Nonna..and maybe her Nonna!