Twenty-odd years ago my sweet grandma taught me to cook. I guess you could say I’m a classically trained chef. We spent the day in the kitchen, she not speaking not a word of English, and I not a word of Farsi, yet completely understanding one another.
Love is the Universal language and food is the thread from which humanity is woven. For so long as we gather around a table together, the good in this world will prevail.
I learned all this at the young age of nine standing in the kitchen with my grandma. Friday evening I found myself in a kitchen, yet again, hoping when the rest of the world would learn that as well, as the horrific acts of terrorism took place in France.
To add to the shock and heartache of the situation was an unfortunate reaction of some to add more hate. Absolutely devastating to see scrolling through the social media and news stories.
I found myself like millions of others wondering what I could do to help. What could I do to lift my heavy mind and heart? How could I send my love and sincere condolences to France?
It all came back to what I learned in the kitchen as a little girl. It came back to honoring what the French are known for: making food and love. I decided to make one of the most well-known, beautiful and nourishing French dishes – Ratatouille – and share it with you. A simple dish of incredible flavor, baked with love and perfect for the family to gather around.
Head to the store with your spouse, your friend, your child, your parent, someone you care about to pick up the simple ingredients. Talk about your day, the events of the world or whatever makes you happy. Come home to your kitchen and make dinner with your loved ones. Sit down to the table and enjoy each other’s company. This is humanity. These are the memories that will last a life time. This is a small way we can send our love to France, as well as those in Beirut - choosing love over hate and fear.
To learn more about what you can do to help, read USA Today's, “How you can help survivors, victims of Paris terror attacks.”
With love to those hurting,
1 Small Eggplant, Thinly Sliced
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
2 Cups Mushrooms, Sliced (A 6 oz. Container)
1 Onion, ½ Thinly Sliced & ½ Chopped
4 Tomatoes, Sliced
1 Yellow Squash, Thinly Sliced
1 Zucchini, Thinly Sliced
1 15 oz. Can Diced Tomatoes, No Salt Added
2 TBS Olive Oil, Divided
2-3 Sprigs Rosemary, Finely Chopped OR 1 TBS Dry Rosemary
2-3 Sprigs Thyme, Finely Chopped OR 1 TBS Dry Thyme
1 TBS Parsley, Fresh & Chopped OR Dry
1 TBS Basil, Fresh & Chopped OR Dry
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