Pretty little onions

It all started with an onion. It was my first day in Italy. Trapped in a haze of jet lag the way polluted air gets trapped inside a valley surrounded by mountains. Eager to get to bed, but never one to go to bed hungry, I dragged myself to the grocery store. The onions –…… Continue reading Pretty little onions

Doing the work

My close friend’s father passed away a couple weeks ago. He’d been sick with cancer for years. Endured an onslaught of medical interventions: drugs, transfusions, chemo. For a while, it seemed there was no end in sight. Until one day there was. He was healthy enough to attend her wedding in 2019, although he moved…… Continue reading Doing the work

Sauteed Rapini with Garlic and Chili

When I was 26 years old living as a student in Florence, I befriended an American woman – also a student – who was dating a man from Positano. This woman brought me to that mystical town wedged into the craggy mountainside just south of Naples three times. Each time, I found myself disappearing into…… Continue reading Sauteed Rapini with Garlic and Chili