Maria learned to cook at the feet of her grandmother using homegrown ingredients.
A few years later, in America, she taught her daughters the same way.
Like her grandmother, Maria, and Mother Elide (Ellie), Cathy stood on a chair to stir polenta with a wooden spoon when she was barely older than a toddler.
Ellie’s kitchen was the gathering place for Cathy, her 8 siblings and sundry neighbors and friends.
There was always coffee and conversation. There was always something on the stovetop or in the oven.
The family gathered around the table every evening as they had for generations.