In this world, there are those born to wise mothers, and those who must figure everything out for themselves. Luckily, the stars aligned at my birth, and I fell into the former category. Lessons from my mother, Salt of the Earth:
1. Unless you ask, you have an automatic ‘no.’
2. It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.
3. The journey is more important than the destination.
4. Wear a slip.
5. Never sell your mineral rights.
6. Never sneak out of the house at night–you could be in ten different Hefty trash bags on I10 before I even know to start looking for you.
7. Nobody else cares about your dreams the way you do–it’s up to you to make them come true.
8. Nothing is more important than family.
9. Never pay interest on interest.
10. Pull yourself together.
I also have my mother to thank for knowing that food is the most important thing we share. When we’re happy, we eat to celebrate. When we’re sad, we eat to comfort ourselves. We eat for fun, to connect, to understand other people, and the greatest thing you can do for someone else is cook a meal for them. Feeding people with love is never about showing off–simple, delicious food is always a gift, the right and proper way to give thanks for the wide and generous world we all share.
Braised Zucchini and Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes
4 zucchini, washed and sliced lengthwise
1/2 c. sun gold cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
3 cloves garlic, sliced
salt & pepper
1 small bunch basil, torn or cut into large pieces
Heat olive oil in large skillet with high sides or braising pan. When it shimmers, add zucchini and cook quickly until browned. Remove to a bowl and set aside. Add a little more olive oil to pan and add garlic. Saute briefly, 30 seconds-1 minute, then add cherry tomatoes. When tomatoes begin to soften and release juices, add zucchini back to pan, season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Add basil, toss again, and serve hot or at room temperature.