“The kitchen is a microcosm of the larger world”

braised green beans in pot

The kitchen is a microcosm of the larger world. It is an easy-to-watch, tangible demonstration of what is always happening, everywhere, in the bigger picture every day. And when you eat your plate of beans transformed by heat and time and garlic oil, you witness a basic principle true on earth: We are changing, all of us, all the time, sometimes in microscopic, infinitesimal ways too tiny to quantify, sometimes in broad, sweeping ways hard to miss. But it’s happening, when we can’t see it and when we can, like when we cook. -Shanna Mallon

Shanna and her husband Tim are the wonderful couple behind one of my very favorite blogs, Food Loves Writing. I find myself nodding along in agreement, often tearing up, almost every time I read Shanna’s words, but this post, in which she shares a recipe for Braised Roma Beans, particularly struck a chord with me.

How lovely to think about the kitchen – and the changes we can see there as we wash, chop, marinate, roast, braise, etc. – as a microcosm and metaphor for the changes we are all undergoing on a daily basis. Thank you, Shanna, for these lovely words.

braised green beans plated

Inspired by Shanna’s words and recipe, I set about to make her recipe for braised Roma beans. I was beyond excited to find them at the City Market yesterday, and promptly made them for a casual Saturday dinner at home with my husband, paired with pork tenderloin, potatoes, and a glass of red wine. They were every bit as delicious as Shanna promised.

On Mondays I will be sharing some of my favorite words of wisdom about food, cooking, food writing, and coming together around the table. If you have suggestions for quotes to feature here, please let me know.

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