Words can't describe the catastrophe in Haiti, or the pain being felt by my many Haitian friends here in South Florida. All that continues to be overwhelming. I hope every single person gives something to Haitian Relief. You can still text "Haiti" to 90999 to give $10 to the Red Cross, to be added to your cellphone bill. Please do it!
Gepsie, a good friend of mine who runs a Haitian social service agency, has an adorable mom named Gigi (Ghislene). Gigi is a master maker of pikliz -- Haitian spicy pickled vegetables, kind of a coleslaw with Scotch Bonnet peppers. She also left Friday before last for her annual 6-month stay in the Freres neighborhood of Port-Au-Prince. For 24 hours her whereabouts were unknown. Then came that blessed phone call. As soon as Gigi comes home, I am going over to hang out and get a pikliz lesson.
You never know what is going to happen next. Go to your Mom's or Aunt's or Sister's house tomorrow. Hang out, and get that cooking lesson you've been putting off. Keep the traditions and dreams alive!