Sunday, April 15, 2012

Grandma Brown Minestrone

Traditional Minestrone is an Italian soup made with a hodgepodge of whatever ingredients are on hand. There are a lot of good metaphors for life but I think minestrone is one of the best. You take what have and mix it together and get a flavorful existence. Until August 2011 my knowledge of minestrone was imparted to me by The Olive Garden. Until that fateful day... During a balmy afternoon in Groton, Connecticut I had the most amazing minestrone I'd ever consumed. It contained the Lima beans of working for a Jewish family washing dishes and doing chores for twenty-five cents. The essence of tomatoes of saving those hard earned quarters to go to the Spaghetti western at the local theater. An older brother and four sisters were the oregano, basal, and rosemary that seasoned childhood days full of play. The salty broth was tears in a father's eyes when he couldn't provide enough meat for dinner during the Great Depression. The bitter eggplant of having to share a rubber ball with the landlady's daughter following the threat of eviction. There are many more unrecognizable but essential elements of this amazing soup; A hodgepodge of memories stewing together to create the minestrone of Grandma Brown's life.

Grandma Brown March 2012

Grandma Brown and her children Janet, Paul, and Ed

Grandma Brown passed away on Friday night April 13, 2012. I am so happy to have had the pleasure of meeting her and having a small sample of her minestrone.

*We really did eat minestrone while we were there, and it was amazingly delicious.

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