"The question I was asked was what recipes are passed from generation to generation, and my family's recipes are always those that everyone loves the most. My family of origin is from Italy, Corsica actually, and my Grandma Paulina made THE best lasagna, spaghetti pesto, manicotti. And, she's been gone a long time now. But, we always try to make those dishes that she made.
Never are they close to hers, exactly the same, but we certainly do honor her and remember for all those special events in our family where we get together. It's funny how the recipe is, instead being called manicotti, is Grandma Pauline's manicotti. So, I guess it's an oral history in some ways, tied to food. We always think of her, and that's how the recipes are passed from generation to generation in my family. We love them. We remember them. They bring up happy memories, and that's what we do."
Part of the "Stories from Main Street" project--an effort to collect stories about small-town life across the United States. The project was the brainchild of the Smithsonian's "Museum on Main Street" program, an initiative that brings traveling exhibitions about subjects of national importance to small towns across America.