Sunday, May 9, 2010

Many Birds, One Recipe

As Mother’s Day comes to a close, I’d like to share what has always been my favorite children’s book:


Yes, that’s my original copy … handed down from the son of my mom’s friend, Marlene. His name and the year — “Bobby H., 1964” — are in the front of the book. Thanks for sharing, Bobby H. In the infamous words of Emily Litella: “I love this book.”

My mother read this story to me over and over again when I was a child … simply because I asked her to. And this morning, for the first time in my 45 years of life, I saw a real-live robin pulling a real-live worm out of the ground. I didn’t have time to get a picture with my camera, but it reminded me of this drawing from the book:

That’s Mama Bird, prepping for dinner. Surely, it was a sign … of some kind. 


Mother’s Day …
a day to honor our moms … a day to be honored by our children. Yet, nothing was planned for today, since my daughter made her First Holy Communion yesterday and the planning took a good bit of my time. I can’t resist showing you how beautiful my baby looked:pretty

We celebrated with a family party … that meant cleaning and cooking as well. And finally, as my mom left after the party last night — every last dish dried — we agreed to make plans in the morning.

Unfortunately, when I woke up today, I found my son half-asleep on the sofa … sick. The wheels in my head started turning:

  • We obviously weren’t going out anywhere.
  • My friend’s mom was in town from the Midwest for the weekend, and my friend and I had talked about how her mom would love to try my Italian Wedding Soup.
  • It was cold outside.
  • And I still hadn’t offered my mom’s meatball recipe here on “Mangia, Figlie.”

Many birds, one recipe:

  • Make Italian Wedding Soup for lunch for my mom and my ailing son.
  • Share it with my friend and her mom.
  • Make extra (regular-sized) meatballs, bake them up, and serve with spaghetti for a special Mother’s Day dinner tonight.

Cold-weather food on a dreary day … and I would be stuck in the kitchen making it all. Sounded perfect to me. And as an added bonus, I would be able to sample the meatballs the way I like best — straight out of the oven, with a little bit of salt on top. Gustoso!



Mom’s Meatballs
(Click here to view
and print recipe)

Only one thing…


…as a final gift to your mom, my children, which one of you is doing the dishes?

Mom's Meatballs on Foodista


Allie and Pattie said...

Maria, she's gorgeous! Congratulations! Our church is doing Communions all month and I love seeing the kids all dressed up and so excited! Hope your son is better soon!
xoxo Pattie

Wendy said...

Maggie looks beautiful! What a wonderful and very special day!

Love the book "Are you my mother". I think we read it so many times I could say it in my sleep!


vulcan52 said...

I love this blog, Maria. Of course, I love all the others, but this one is special for Mother's Day. I thought the photo was from a magazine and then realized it was your daughter. She's very ethereal and lovely in the photo and you are justifiably proud of her! Love the story and recipes, too. Keep them coming! Elaine

missy said...

What a nice Mother's Day post!

Maggie is, well...just beautiful!!

Deb @ Confessions of an Ugly Mom said...

I LOVE that book. I love to make funny voices and say SNORT!

Congratulations on Maggie's very special day. Beautiful.


Joe Ambrosino said...

God! That book brings back a flood of memories! I read each of my three daughters that story so often, I could recite it in my sleep. Blame me for hamming it up and giving each "mother"their own voice.

Beth said...

I loved that book as a child too. It just didn't feel right until mama and baby were reunited! I hated the Snort!
Yummy looking meatballs, and no one did my dishes, but they did fold the laundry (which I put in the machine and then put away..oh well!)