The Gift of the Magi
by O. Henry
Thinking about this little story gives me goosebumps. You probably remember it: Della and Jim find themselves with scarce money to buy each other presents at Christmas, so they have to be resourceful. If you don’t know the story, I won’t spoil it for you, but suffice it to say that their love for each other outshines their gifts in a twist of sweet irony. At the very end of the story, says Jim to Della, “let’s put our Christmas presents away and keep ’em a while. They’re too nice to use just at present. … And now suppose you put the chops on.”
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.