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“Mama Carmela”

“Mama Carmela”

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This is a vintage, 1945, wedding photograph of my lovely Mama Carmela–the inspiration behind “Once Upon a Spice.” Today would have been her 93rd birthday. My blog is dedicated to her and her passionate love of family and cooking. This strong, sweet, intelligent, loving, Italian woman ignited my culinary enthusiasm at the tender age of 5. I wish to honor her this day and always…

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Grazie per sempre mama, ti amo ♥

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Mama Carmela Age 16

Thanks to my sister Mary Brio-Rose for providing these vintage photographs. Love you, Sis…


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