Echo of Heartbreak, A Recipe for Life
by Carol Ann Kauffman
Dear Gentle Readers,
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Echo is a short story written in the form of a letter, or journal, from an ill mother to her unborn daughter. It has advice on love and life, as well as delicious recipes, like Spinach Cream Cheese Foldovers,
Pineapple Squares, Chicken Parmesan, Italian Turkey Stuffing, and Ricotta Pies (chocolate, lemon, and cinnamon) to name of few. These were my mother's recipes.
Now, my mother was one of those old Italian ladies who never wrote down her recipes. She was an outstanding cook and baker. Our home was always filled with hungry friends and relatives.
When she was very ill and not expected to live much longer, she finally agreed to give me her recipes, provided I waited until she passed away before sharing them with anyone.
Then I would go home and make them, returning the following day with the results, which were never like my mother's. She would taste it and say, "you cooked it too long," "you rushed it", "too much flour", and my very favorite, "why the hell weren't you interested when I wanted to show you?", so I went back and fixed the recipe.
It wasn't an easy experience. It involved hours and hours of wringing these recipes from her, when the last thing she wanted to think about was food.
My mother passed in March of 2006. The following Christmas I made a recipe photo album for each member of my family. On Dec. 25, 2013. I published Echo of Heartbreak, A Recipe for Life to share these recipes with you. I know you'll love them. Many of my readers have made some of these recipes part of their Christmas tradition.