Mama Margie… a real Italian


“Hi Cheryl. I’m going to make meatballs, do you have a good recipe.”

“Are you kidding me, I’ve never made meatballs. Ask Mama Margie, she’s a real Italian, from Staten Island.”

“I thought Italians came from Italy.”

“Oh for God’s sake Ethel, they can come from anywhere as long as their relatives started in Italy.”

“Well Betty said she was a good cook, do you have her number?”

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“Hello, is this Margie? This is Ethel, a friend of Betty’s. I want to make meatballs and she said you were a real Italian cook.”

“I think I can help you, Ethel.”


Can you imagine Ethel cooking? I’m not sure I can, but that’s my 100 word story and I’m sticking to it. Friday Fictioneers is all about 100 Word Flash Fiction…

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Here is where to find Friday Fictioneers and read leader Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog. 

The photo prompt today is by Roger Bultot… It will be interesting to see the stories, I’ve already read a few good ones, click that frog to read them…

Here is my story, I was making meatballs last night to go with some spaghetti. There really is a Mama Margie, she gave me a baked ziti recipe once. She is a real Italian from Staten Island, but now cooks in the Show Me State.

I forgot to take a photo of the meat balls right out of the oven, but here they are on a plate with Arrabbiata sauced spaghetti, my favorite sauce. I will have to ask Margie if she has a recipe for Arrabbiata, but she would call it gravy, she is a real Italian after all. My sister Mariya, not an Italian but an Organic-an, steamed radishes, burdock root and broccoli to go with.




15 responses

  1. Cute story, but it is not fictional! Mama Marge is a GREAT COOK!!! Thanks Ted, I am sure she will like this story!

    1. Well Ethel calling Margie is fictional. She had to get the number from Cheryl because Betty was too busy watching hockey on tv to come to the phone.

  2. Excellent and now I am hangry because I don’t have any meatballs

  3. I love the story felt like i was with family and Ted u get 100% very accurate. I must admit i am flattered to be in one of your stories, You never cease to amaze me dear friend,

  4. Oh, you made me hungry….very tasteful story.

  5. It’s nice to see Ethel trying something new… but I’ll pass on the dinner invite…!

  6. Entertaining piece of fictionalized truth.

  7. That was fun – and even better to know there really is a Mama Margie!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  8. Dear Ted,

    It’s always fun to see what Cheryl and Ethel are up to. Actually, the best meatballs I ever ate were made by a short Jewish man from Brooklyn. My dad. He was the cook in our family…did it for a living actually. 😀



  9. Yep, always flatter a good cook – tell them how great there meals are and you’ll always have a delicious meal presented on the table every night. Love you Mama Margie.

  10. Beautiful story, and meatballs.

  11. With Mama Margie’s help, Ethel can do it!! My husband’s grandmother was full Italian, born on the boat from Italy to Ellis Island. She made the best meatballs and now my husband does. Though, your’s look delicious too!!

  12. My meatballs are Swedish… if you want the recipe you can have it… No Italian from Staten Island can make Swedish meatballs.

  13. If Ethel’s meatballs are anthing like the one’s you made, I’m sure it will pass even the toughest critic’s tastebud test.

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