Italian Grandma Makes Stuffing

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Who is this lady?
Gina Petitti was born in 1935 in Faeto, Italy. Her family ran a farm in Italy and she met her husband, Vito, in the same town. In 1970 Gina, Vito, and her 4 children immigrated to America. Gina’s husband passed away in 2012, but she is surrounded by a large family, which includes 9 grandchildren, and lives 5 minutes away from her eldest daughter in New Jersey. Gina spends her time cooking, gardening, and being an active member of her local Church.

Why does she make such large portions?
When she was in Italy, she would cook and bake in such large quantities so she wouldn’t have to take time every day to make food, and instead be able to work on the farm. Many of her recipes can be cut in half or quartered if you choose to try them out!

Why is no one helping her in the video?
Grandma Gina doesn’t want help! Usually, it’s because we will slow her down or not do it “her way.” For the videos we only show her, but when the camera cuts we jump in and help form the cookies or prep for the next step.

Why don’t we buy her a new…?
Grandma Gina has a closet and garage full of new gadgets, spoons, forks, pots, etc… but she doesn’t like them because she is used to doing it with her old tools. She has fun getting her hands dirty!

Who is behind the camera?
Her retired son-in-law films, her daughter helps her prep, and she usually has one or two grandkids in the kitchen.

Does Gina read the comments?
We print out and show her how much love she gets from all her viewers, and she is very thankful and hopes you enjoy her cooking! Your comments bring her lots of joy, laughter, and inspiration to make more videos to share with you.

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  1. Gina is a Beautiful lady and such a Joy to watch and learn from! Thank you for Sharing… My momma was born in 1935 too, 4 children numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren

  2. I love love love love love this woman…she makes me happy. “If you lika, you eata…if you donta lika, donta eata”. I would love to spend the day with her just listening to her stories..and cooking. We could cook some incredible food!

  3. I love watching Nonna Gina ! I’m going to make her Eggplant Parmesan recipe tomorrow ! I’ll try soaking the eggplant slices like she does. Grazie Nonna Gina !

  4. I wish I knew my Barese grandmother. Her sister was a wonderful cook and so was her daughter. my mother wasn’t such a good cook. she made meat loaf, box cakes and jello. When I was 12 she started giving me recipes from her girlfriends and church groups to make and I started making deserts.

  5. I just love this lady!  I’m so glad her children and grandchildren love and respect her.  Crown in her later years. 🙂  Thank you for sharing your love of cooking for loved ones.  I truly enjoy. Thank you.

  6. I love Grandma Gina, her recipes and storytelling! I’m so glad to have found her on YouTube. Keep making your delicious food Gina and I’ll watch and learn. Love you!

  7. LOL I don’t think she was saying rooster … she is saying Roast-ah like a roast chicken. I love listening to her talk. She reminds me so much of my friends moms growing up.

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