She was born Gena Marion Lorenzi in 1916 to an immigrant couple from Luca, Italy. She later became my mama, my teacher, my friend and my mentor. I can't remember a day that she didn't put three square meals on the table for our family and any friends who might have stopped by our home. She first taught me the importance of bringing people to the table for a hearty meal, friendship and lots of laughter. Then, she taught me how to put a good meal on the table. Her kitchen wisdom and abilities were impressive, and she enjoyed sharing them. I loved spending time in the kitchen with my mama, she taught me more than I can remember. And, there are still days that I think of something about her kitchen and her food that I just want to just pick up the phone and call her...and listen.