then the kitchen has further revolutionized through the availability of
quality ingredients and the knowledge of what foods make us healthy. Can
we guess what our children will do with their inheritance? I watch
my son as he cooks his grandmother's veal birds, but spins it his
own way. I see him take my recipe for fusilli and broccoli rabe
and change it by adding ricotta salata. Ricotta Salata? Did I know what
that was when I was his age? Would I know what it is without his discovery? I see
my daughter reject canned tomatoes in favor of a fresh tomato arrabiata.
She can do this - fresh plum tomatoes are available all year long and
oregano grows on her window sill. On holidays she is inspired to combine
her Italian heritage with her American one by making a pumpkin ricotta
pudding. I see her fearlessly add mascarpone cheese to the old family
recipe for apple pie. It is fusion cooking at home and it becomes the
new family tradition and we call it melting pot apple pie. They
are adults. I know that because they finish their broccoli.
they are cooking it for me while I sit back and relax. Ahhh.
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