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Artichokes in the Kitchen!

I put "Cozzolino-style Artichokes" on the menu last week. It was a spontaneous, last-minute addition.  I had a yearning for a taste of my childhood, of home, of family.  My Mom learned to make them from my Dad's Mom.  They were always prepared the exact same way...with oil, granulated garlic, paprika, salt, and water.  That's it.  Simple peasant food. 

Artichokes are probably one of the first solid foods I ate as a baby.  And eat them I did.  One after another.  You see, I was the youngest in the family and my brother and sister pampered me.  I don't know if it was my adorable charm or my intense LOVE for artichokes, but they (and my grandfather and sometimes my mom and dad) always shared their artichokes with me.  After we peeled away and savored the leaves and finally made our way down to the coveted hearts, extra hearts always seemed to find their way to my plate.  And I shamelessly gobbled up every bite.  And loved every morsel.  

So many of the values I hold dear and cherish to this day were learned at these dinners.  I learned about sharing and about receiving love.  I learned that offering food as an expression of love is grand...and it works!  I learned that when we peel back the tough and thorny exterior, we find a tender and sweet heart that is delicious and worth waiting for.  I learned that I am worthy of receiving the hearts of those who love me.  I learned that family traditions, carried on through generations, are potent and alive.    

Artichokes continue to be a revered food ritual in my family.  Amy loves to cut off the thorns with scissors and trim the stem and tops with a serrated knife, just like Mom taught me.  Artichokes and Pasta e Fagiole (another Cozzolino tradition) are the ONLY two foods I prepare the exact same way time after riffs, no improvs., no changes at all.  I make them the way my Mom taught me and the way my Gram taught her.  This week we made them for dear friends in need of nurturing.  We made them for our Monday workday "family lunch".  And tomorrow we'll make them for a dear one's birthday (Happy Birthday Rachel!).  Special foods, honored traditions, love embodied.  I think I'll share my heart tomorrow. 

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