The Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame
One chapter of this childhood favorite tugs strongest at my heartstrings: “Dulce Domum,” in which one whiff of his cozy subterranean home proves irresistible to Mole, and he plunges underground, his friend Rat on his heels. It’s Christmas, and poor Mole realizes that his cupboards are bare. “I’ve nothing to give you,” he cries. But enterprising Rat, assisted by a group of caroling field mice, secures the provisions for a festive supper. It’s a testament to the power of a simple meal, the companionship of friends—and home.
Bryn’s long career in publishing took a left turn sometime around 2010, when she discovered the joy of food writing. Since then, she’s found professional nirvana as the editor of Edible Ohio Valley, author of The Findlay Market Cookbook, and occasional instructor at The Cooking School at Jungle Jim’s. Find her seasonal recipes at writes4food.com.