You Can Always Come Back to the Kitchen

Gina Lorubbio

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Denmark welcomed me by putting on the best summer show, and all I wanted to do was be outside. That, plus the gaping hole in our kitchen where the stove was supposed to be, resulted in a lot of last-minute meal panic. Trips to the frozen food section, take-out dinners, and weird grocery store picnics ensued.

This carried on for months, and I began to worry that I, someone who touts the value of home-cooked food, would never find my groove again. Perhaps I’d never return to the nourishing rhythms and rituals I’d developed over the years in my Portland kitchen.

But then, the weather grew cool. We scored a second-hand stove. My annual sense of fall nostalgia and nesting kicked in, and for the first time in over a year, I spent an afternoon making what I love to make more than anything: a pot of beans.

There I was in the kitchen again. It was like returning to a relationship after a tough patch. There’s a sense of renewal, a new way of understanding each other. There’s the kind of mature evolution that comes only after years of togetherness. It’s not flashy or novel, but deep and fulfilling.

You can always come back to the kitchen.

If you’ve been away for awhile, don’t worry. You can come back, too.

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