A friend of mine told me yesterday that his canine companion, Jake, died over the weekend. My initial reaction was sadness for him and the loss he was feeling. Then I moved right into thinking about how I wanted to cook for him -- and what I would make. What sort of comfort food might ease the sting just a little? The standards -- macaroni and cheese, or grilled cheese and tomato soup? Or something more exotic -- an orange-glazed pork loin on the grill with Asian noodles? Certainly, with their love of the cabin and a campfire, we'd finish with upscale s'mores (lightly grilled croissants oozing with dark chocolate and marshmallows).
Food won't change what is but it can ease acceptance of what is.