And not just someone who likes to eat or someone who obsesses with watching the Food Network, but someone who really LOVES food...every aspect of it....growing it, cooking it, experimenting with it, preserving it, cultivating it, sharing it, talking about it, and reading about it.
When I tell someone that I have made my own yeast, it's nice not to get that crazy look. Sometimes, it's nice to have someone who has tried it too and wants to talk about your process and share theirs.
This is Ma Paolini (or Mrs. Paolini as I know her). She is honestly too cute for words. Her son, Frank and my husband have been best friends forever so I have adopted her as a "friend in food". Although I don't talk to her or see her as often as I would like to, I hear stories about what she makes for her Sunday afternoon lunches through her son Frank. It is wonderful how meals, like many Italian families, are about family and sharing time together as well as good food.
I always love hearing Frank tell me what they had for lunch (or even better, for Christmas Eve dinner!)...he explains it so well that I swear I can taste it. I asked if I could take a peak (electronically) into her cellar, so Frank's wife Shelley (and my dear friend) snapped a few photos of her "cantina".
So, until I can meet with her and bribe her to show me one of her great dishes, you will just have to know that, if there is ever a nuclear war, there is a really nice cellar that you could live in happily for a very long time!