For this week’s challenge, Michelle of the Daily Post asks to see the stuff of the everyday, the places we go, the things we do,  the people we see – those things that make up the constants in our lives.

Homeward from Market, watercolor, 6.5" x 10"

Homeward from Market, watercolor, 6.5″ x 10″

My family lived in Italy for three years.  I felt like I had to learn to cook all over again.  Refrigerators are small, grocery stores are nearby, and the attitudes about food are different from in the United States.  Fruits and vegetables come misshapen and with the dirt still clinging to them – because they were picked fresh and fully ripe that morning!  (And unlike here in the U.S., the produce is bursting with good flavors.)  It needs to be eaten within a day or two or it will go bad.  So shopping is a daily habit.  One goes to the market and sees what is available and plans the menu around that, a habit I miss now that we have returned to the U.S.