I hope you’re spending this extra long holiday weekend eating delicious things with people you love.
This week we celebrate the birth of our nation-- but the topic of our nation is a little divisive right now… or to say the least, perplexing. So we’re going to spend this month celebrating something pretty universally adored: food.
Growing up in a giant Irish/Italian family, that quaint phrase “food is love” was put into daily action. The centerpiece of every gathering, the comfort of each small sadness, the reward for a job well done: food, lots and lots of really good food. Need to say you’re sorry? Get two, good, crispy apple fritters. Want to put a woman into labor? Make a lasagne. Time to celebrate a birthday? Whip up a carrot cake. Commemorating the miraculous birth of the christian baby Jesus? You’ll need 7 courses, no meat, a pasta or two, a feature fish, some lesser fishes, dried fruits and nuts, at least 20 bottles of red, and one very specific box of candy.
When my husband and I went on our first date I was very sick with a sinus infection. We went out for sushi, which was a terrible choice. I couldn’t eat a bite. I ended the night early and just crashed. The next day he arrived at my door with a pot of homemade vegetable soup. I knew right then that he loved me.
Besides being life-sustaining, infinitely diverse and interesting, food is also the great unifier. We want to celebrate that spirit of togetherness that food can foster through wonderful chefs, food photographers and recipe developers this month.
Here are a few of my favorite snacks:
- Cheese tortellini tossed with just a little bit of olive oil and salt
- Very ripe peaches over vanilla ice cream
- My aunt Margaret’s pecan pie bars
- Stuffed grape leaves with lots of lemon
- Good crusty bread with fruity olive oil
- A diner burger and piece of coconut cream pie from Schmucker's in Toledo
Cheers to snacks,
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