Get an oil with a low smoke point, canola or sunflower.
Let it pop up on your skin and remind you you still have your hands
and bellies to feed and babies who know nothing of your wedding vows.
Pick up chicken to spatchcock.
Tell the butcher you’ll cut the backbone out yourself.
If you are going to spend the week crying, buy a crate of onions.
Might as well get a soup out of it.
Might as well get to make something burn.
Bring home live lobsters.
Watch them give in to the boil.
Press your palm hard against the stockpot.
Press your tongue back into your mouth.
Chicken cooks fastest when you split it open and lay it flat like a book.
The lobster tastes best with an absurd amount of lemon.
The key is to squeeze them until you can’t imagine
they could give any more, and then to just keep squeezing.
Isn’t this what they taught us back in school?
Isn’t this what good wifehood looks like?
A hot, hot oven with something bubbling over inside,
dinner on the table and a house of closed mouths.
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