My Family Recipe
Missing Mom’s Sunday Sauce with Gary Schiro
Gary Schiro had made plenty of his mother’s recipes, but one Sunday morning-not long after his mother passed away-an attempt to make her traditional meatballs and sauce went wrong. Gary wished he could have called her. He wished that he had asked her how to make the recipe properly. Despite having seen her make it 900 times, he never did. This episode takes a look at time-honored family traditions, examines unanswered questions, and is an attempt to reconcile feelings of regret. Plus, a cookalong with Gary goes to show that you can make any family recipe your own without sacrificing meaning, comfort, or deliciousness.
If you’re hungry for more of this story, you can read the original essay “The Sunday Sauce I Watched Mom Make 900 Times, but Didn’t Learn Until She Was Gone,” and find the accompanying recipe published by Food52.
My Family Recipe is created by the Food52 Podcast Network and Heritage Radio Network, inspired by the eponymous Food52 column.