Delicious moment: 4/24/78 New York City after dinner at Grandma’s
“Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.” Arthur Sommers Roche
Growing up with an Italian grandmother, I would enjoy the most wonderful meals including my favorite, home-made gnocchi, and my second favorite, string beans roasted with garlic and olive oil. Often for dessert, my grandma would give me an Amaretti cookie. It’s a delicate, crisp cookie wrapped in a very thin and finely designed piece of paper. I fondly recall how my Grandma would light the paper on fire before it quickly incinerated and disappeared in thin air. For a young boy, it was a neat trick. But for an adult, it’s a great ritual. Anytime you encounter doubt or fear crippling your mind, unwrap an Amaretti. The cookie’s sweetness illuminates all that’s good in life. And when you light the little paper on fire, it’s your ceremonial way of telling fear to take a hike.
PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHEN LIGHTING THE PAPER ON FIRE NOT TO BURN DOWN THE HOUSE. I REPEAT: BE CAREFUL WITH FIRE.
These cookies are available at any Italian market.