By: Lauren Spagnoletti
Before the ingredients are purchased, before they’re cut up and simmered, sautéed, fried, or roasted, before they’re marinated or seasoned, the joy begins.
Imagining how the dish will come together, how it will taste when all the disparate parts become one: that is when I begin to enjoy eating.
As the scents fill the air, and the surfaces start to brown, the anticipation grows.
A final sprinkle of salt, a touch of cheese, a dash of pepper.
I gently plate my ingredients, which have come together to form a meal.
I create the perfect bite on my fork, and…