Growing up my Mama used to always say, "When you're the boss of the tomato sauce, you can make the decisions." Well guess what? I am so totally boss of not only the tomato sauce now, but I'm also the boss of this blog-Laptops and Stovetops.
Laptops and Stovetops was at first a hobby inspired by a latent love of cooking and baking combined with the awesome unknown factor of free time after getting a Master's degree. Over the past two years blogging has grown from hobby to obsession. Like all good former college students, the naming of my blog has a duality of meaning and symbolism. 'Stovetops' signifies my early years learning to cook our family's Italian-American dishes standing eye-level to my mother's hip and the stovetop. 'Laptops' signifies my scholarly studies of interactive media and how it serendipitously lead to my present process of learning to cook new and exotic dishes from the food blog community at large expanding my culinary vocabulary and arsenal. There you have it folks, a glimpse into the making of a noveau Italian-Fusion cook large and in-charge!
Mother's Day is coming up and while I usually end up down-in-the-dumps because of my mother's condition, I gotta say I just double, triple heart her this year for being my first cooking teacher. This past Thanksgiving I posted about her signature Sweet Potato Dish in my Post Thanksgiving Post which I and many other members of my family make every year since she has been disabled with Alzheimer's so we can still share in having her in some form at our holiday table. Well, I have just been informed that my mother's recipe has been featured on Key Ingredient.com! We got a badge and everything! If she hadn't taken the time to teach me and my two older brothers the joy of making food to share with family then I wouldn't have this recognition. I wish more than anything in the world that I could call her up and rejoice with her over this good news, but alas, we don't have that luxury anymore. I will simply have to write it in her Mother's Day card and have one of my aunts read it to her this Sunday. This Mother's Day if you are lucky enough to spend time or even speak on the phone with your mom, please don't waste that opportunity because you will truly miss it when it's gone. I love you Loretta, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.
Happy Early Mother's Day Everyone! (From left to right: Me, Jeremy, Mom (Loretta), and Nate circa 1989ish)