It was her annual visit to her New York.
Much had happened since she was last here. She had moved from the cornfields back to family and water and light that had always been her home.
Much had happened here. Love had come to stay and what had once been harsh walls now sparkled and danced.
So a table was set for old friends and new, and, just as she had all these many past decades, she kept me company while I cooked the only dish I knew how to make, now organic thanks to Trader Joe's.
Northern Italian Lemon Roasted Chicken
One whole organic chicken roaster
4 to 6 organic lemons
tons of whole organic garlic cloves
olive oil, salt and pepper to taste
Peel the garlic cloves. Pierce the lemons all over. Shove as many lemons and garlic cloves as possible inside the chicken. Stick a whole much of garlic between the skin and the meat of the chicken and in between the limbs. Put in a covered roasting pan and bake until it's done. That means the leg separates easily from the body. If you want you can take the lid off for the last 10-20 minutes to get the chicken a bit crispy.
Then set the table and gather your friends and eat and drink and laugh and love, and know home is where the heart is and the heart is always home.
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