18. Uncertain Soda Bread

I arrived at work at six o’clock, per usual. After a night spent at Burton’s, I had not yet had my coffee; I was predictably tired. Lasagna was on the menu which made for a stressful hour and a half — my boss never kept in mind delivery schedules when dictating a menu and my lasagna…

16. Thanksgiving Dinner Diversions

I got home at two o’clock exhausted and ready for a four-day break from the kitchen. I had two small assignments for Thanksgiving: my special labneh and pork rillettes to be served before dinner. Neither one were very much work; they practically made themselves. The labneh was straining in the refrigerator and all I had…

8. Heroic Hummus

I fantasized about sharing my epic pulled pork with the handsome man as I finished ringing him up. “Your total is $129.85,” I said. He handed me his card to swipe. Desperate to invite him to try my pork, but lacking the courage, I handed him a pen and his receipt to sign. For a…