Just Like Mom’s Cooking

Louis “Butch” Brown prepares his Mama Mia’s Cranberry Relish for the Ellsworth Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Brown prepares noon meals at the Ellsworth Senior Center.

As Louis “Butch” Brown, the most recent cook at the Ellsworth Senior Center, prepared his famous Mama Mia’s Cranberry Relish for the next day’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner, his thoughts turned to a special person — his mom, Leda Minarani.

She passed away in 2007, just a few days before Thanksgiving — and was buried the day after the holiday.

Brown prepared the relish in her memory for the more than 100 guests that attended the annual dinner at the center. He even used her old hand grinder to process several of the ingredients.

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