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Do You Have a Lucky Meal? | Cup of Jo

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For a whereas, I believed that mashed potatoes possessed some type of magical energy…

I used to make them on a regular basis for my women after they had been in center faculty. At first, I believed they had been the proper salve for these terrible braces-tightening nights, all soothing and creamy, however fairly quickly it appeared as if I used to be counting on the traditional consolation meals as an elixir for all their eighth grade woes. (How robust is eighth grade?!) Why it was so useful — for my children and their mom — I’m not so certain. I’m guessing it had one thing to do with the truth that it’s not possible to be unhappy when buttery mashed potatoes are on the plate, and likewise as a result of it felt good to consider there was a tangible resolution to largely very intangible issues.

I’m not the one one desires to consider within the positivity energy of particular meals.

Alexandra Stafford advised me this candy story: “”My husband Ben withdrew from medical faculty to hitch the Marine Corps. On the morning he left for Quantico, the chef of the restaurant the place I used to be working made him a massive plate of steak and eggs: pan-seared hanger steak topped with two completely fried eggs. After that, earlier than each deployment, steak and eggs was Ben’s send-off meal, and as we speak, each time anybody within the household faces one thing massive — a new job, a ultimate sport, a ‘scary’ piano recital — steak and eggs, in some kind, materializes. Its monitor report, to this point, is sweet.”

My pal Catherine has a meal she makes her household “when we all need to feel hopeful — salty, boiled artichokes with lemony butter for dipping.” My daughter, Phoebe, says baking banana bread holds metaphorical therapeutic powers for her on dangerous days, the way in which it “turns something rotten into warm yumminess.” Barack Obama has a fortunate pasta, so credited as a result of he ate it proper earlier than a profitable Presidential debate that turned issues round for him.

And, of course, cultures the world over have particular menus to commemorate New Years celebrations — apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah, noodles for Lunar New Year — symbolic dishes believed to courtroom issues like sweetness, longevity and prosperity within the coming 12 months.

What about you all? Do you could have a fortunate meal? Tell me the story!

P.S. Chocolate banana bread and the key to a nice dinner with buddies.

(Photo by Cameron Whitman/Stocksy.)

#Note-Author Name – Jenny Rosenstrach

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