From the September 2017 magazine.

Perfect Recipe

When he got to AA, he was done. He didn’t question the recipe. He was just glad to be another meatball in such good sauce

My mother and godmother were great Italian women who knew how to cook. They really knew how to cook. They made their own pasta from scratch. They would spend all day Sunday outdoing each other in preparation for that day’s meal. They would travel to Brooklyn from New Jersey on Saturday just to buy cold cuts and pastries.

We moved around a lot when I was a kid. At one point, my mother had the biggest kitchen, so all of her little Italian lady friends would come to my house on Sundays to cook.

-- Greg S.

Oakland, New Jersey, USA

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