On a hot July afternoon, the nonnas are sitting on folding chairs at the curb, crocheting lace trim on linen handkerchiefs, and watching their grandchildren play in water spewing from a fire hydrant. “Too hot to cook tonight,” one says, “maybe I make sandwiches.”
The others almost in a chorus pooh-pooh her. “You know you’re going […]
Zucchini, zucchini, zucchini everywhere! Light green, dark green, striped, yellow with orange-tinged ends. Some weigh two pounds, some weigh four, a few weigh four ounces and a tiny bit more. The nonnas’ front aprons are too small to carry the vegetables from yard to apartment. Lugging a bushel basket, each nonna arrives at her zucchini patch. She picks, cuts, […]
The nonnas from both sides are visiting their newly married granddaughter’s house for the first time. The bride has to entertain the elders by preparing a first-rate dinner for them.
The bride is an acomplished hostess: friends love her cooking, enjoy her hospitality, and always eagerly look forward to visiting. But the nonnas are not her friends; they are her evaluators.