Maybe that’s why my daughter I just got back from college last week …
… But I thought a lot about Coming Home Dinners, ie. About the meals we prepare for ourselves and each other shouting WELCOME MOST SOUNDLY In your book, Always at home,, Fanny Singer writes, “There are a few things, or, I should say, a few dishes, that I associate with coming home after a long period of stay. The main one, of course, Coming Home Pasta. Whenever my family would leave for a week … we would return home to our house of strange feeling and immediately move to orient ourselves through the food. “
Singer is the daughter of chef and iconic author Chez Panisse Alice Waters, but using food as a way to feel emotionally adjusted isn’t just for professionals. When Joanna and I emailed this idea last week, she wrote, “When I came across pasta coming home to Fanny Singer, I got a little crying. My mom always roasts chicken with baked potatoes. It is the most comfortable meal in the world. “(I guess that’s why they call it comfortable food.)
Nor does it have to be something made by parents. Kim ensures that her flights home to Oklahoma arrive before her favorite ice cream parlor closes for the night. Then she drives there from the airport. “I wasn’t home until I got sparkling chocolate vanilla in a fresh waffle cone Braumova,” she says.
When I came back from college, I didn’t have a single request, but my daughter Phoebe absolutely has: Salmon salad, which she seeks for roughly every occasion. The daughter of my friend Naria, Sofie, is always looking for lasagna. When I asked my husband if he had a meal to return home to as a child, without missing a single shot, he said, “Yes. Fried pork chops, ”and he got a distant look in his eyes.
Do you have dinner coming home? The one that someone made for you or that you make for someone, even if that someone is you yourself? I’d love to hear what that is.
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