Thought of the Week
When you first make a dish, you use a recipe perfected by someone else…a master of that dish. Weeks later you make it again. Then for another occasion you make it again. The funny thing is…each time you decide to tweak it a bit. More vanilla, less salt. Pecans instead of walnuts. One less egg yolk or one more tablespoon of butter. Ginger instead of nutmeg. Before long, after redoing that dish over and over, you have altered it into a recipe of your own. That’s how you find your voice. . . reading the perfected recipe for stories that have gone before you, until you figure out you have a recipe all your own.
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