“Mama Carmela”


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…


Grazie per sempre mama, ti amo β™₯

Mama Carmela Age 16

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

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16 Comments Add yours

  1. koolaidmoms says:

    How beautiful! I am sure she is smiling at you now and always!

    1. Thank you so much, Marci β™₯

  2. Bill says:

    so like you

    1. Thank you, Bill for the highest of compliments…

  3. What a wonderful tribute to Mama Carmela!

    1. Thank you, Kathryn πŸ™‚ Gone, but never forgotten & always in the heart…

  4. GP Cox says:

    A wonderful tribute for your mother and your blog would make her very proud!!

    1. Thanks a million, GP–this means the world to me πŸ™‚

  5. mkcasey80 says:

    Wow! She was beautiful! My own mother would have been 100 this year.


    1. Awww thank you, Marcey. I’m sure your mom is looking down on you with pride and many smiles πŸ™‚ Happy New Year!!

  6. Lovely! What a beautiful picture and tribute!

    1. Thank you, Lynn! Wonderful Mamas leave a forever imprint in our heart & minds. Being a mom is one of the greatest blessings & you are so blessed, my friend β™₯

      1. Oh yes it surely is the greatest gift!

  7. Beautiful! So nice and thoughtful of you.

    1. Thanks so much! As I’m sure you know, Carol, love knows no boundaries πŸ™‚

      1. Yes. Beautiful thought and reminder.πŸ’•

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