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  • Of Love and Lasagna

  • Serving Vegetarian Lasagna is a family tradition for poet, painter and Relish reader Diana Randolph.
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  • Serving Vegetarian Lasagna is a family tradition for poet, painter and Relish reader Diana Randolph of Drummond, Wis. “Food is an act of love to me,” she says. We agree.
    LAYERS OF LOVE
    I stretch long, cooked noodles
    in two oblong pans
    one for my family, the other
    for friends with a new baby.
    Slipping childhood memories of lasagna
    between layers of pasta and sauce,
    I sprinkle on my past with the Parmesan cheese
    so when others taste it
    they will know that
    I sat snug around a New Jersey table
    with my sister, Mom, Dad,
    cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents,
    empty plates passed
    while empty stomachs rumbled.
    Mom would slice into the first pan
    and scoop up stacked squares upon plates,
    mozzarella and ricotta cheese oozing out.
    Lasagna, the main course
    for each of our family gatherings
    including Thanksgiving,
    when turkey was a side dish.
    Mom’s recipe has evolved in my hands.
    I now add chopped Swiss chard
    or fresh spinach
    and I omit the eggs.
    Though Mom is not here anymore,
    she taught me well—
    to slice and scoop layers of love
    upon empty plates.
    Randolph is working on a book of poetry, Beacons of the Earth and Sky, containing her writings and landscape painting.

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