If our relationship could be encapsulated in a single dish, excluding bread alone, it would be pasta with roasted mushrooms — funghi — and gremolata. And more specifically, that pasta would be shaped like little ears and called orecchiette - literally, Italian for little ears.

This is the pasta I cooked for the first time Rach and I had dinner together back in the spring of 2020. We laugh about it now, but she didn’t eat much, and naturally I was kicking myself for going too far out of some undefined comfort zone. She reassured me it was delicious, and…

Michael Kiselak

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