Cooking Lola’s way is about cooking because you love to cook and it doesn’t matter where you are or what kind of equipment you have or if you have a fancy stove or a crummy Magic Chef. It is about ingredients, putting them together and making good food for friends and family. And while, yes, it is nice to have excellent tools, big spaces to work in and state-of-the-art appliances, when it comes down to it, if you love to cook, you’ll find a way to make it work and be happy you’re doing it.
One day I invited Lola to come visit us in our home in upstate New York and she exclaimed to me in her thick Italian accent, “I will cook-a you a feast!”
And I apologetically said, “Oh you wouldn’t want to cook in our kitchen, our stove is a kitchenette, with two out of four burners dead — including the big one — and the oven is 125 degrees hotter than it should be so it spontaneously shuts off.”
Lola chastened me by replying, “Oh, not to worry! I need only one-a burner and a pot, nothing else. We will have a fabulous meal.”
Lola is the woman in the middle (the other two people are my inlaws). She is standing in front of her home located outside Padua, Italy and where we were lucky to visit in early September when her daughter, one of Dean’s childhood friends, was married. Lola is constantly on the move, boldly and often comically moving through life. She speaks many languages, she inspires and entertains us to such a degree that we find that we crave being with her energetic, eccentric personality.