Episode 34: A Union of Serious Cooks

Glen Echo is a perfect place for a wedding—big, friendly, given to peals of laughter and the zing of champagne corks careening off the ceiling.

The walls are hung with white lilac. The tables are massed with peonies. The band is zydeco, the champagne vintage, the groom radiant. The bride never looked so beautiful.

Harry and Sam are so very happy with each other they want all their friends to be happy, too, and to that end everyone on both sides of their families has been cooking for days—aunts, nephews, mothers, brothers, sisters, second cousins once-removed.

Theirs is a union of serious cooks, and everyone has something to offer. Sam’s father brings his famous potato latkes. Harry’s younger sister makes crayfish stew. There’s a bubbling casserole of white corn and sweet peppers, roast leg of mutton with white beans, scalloped oysters, six baking hens stuffed with cornbread and parsnips, three different versions of cassoulet. The insulated 10-gallon stock pot of sherried onion soup, alone, would shore up the weakest will to live.

And, at the last minute, two of Harry’s elderly Appaloosas aunts collaborate on a port wine gelatin that has to be flown in overnight Fed Ex marked ‘Dangerous Goods.’

Previously on The Rocky Road of Love… Episode 1: One Fine Day. Episode 2: Fate and Chèvre. Episode 3: The Rocky Road Ahead. Episode 4: Could This Be Lunch? Episode 5: I Only Have Eyes for Stew. Episode 6: Harry in Love. Episode 7: Dinner for Two. Episode 8: Sam, Line 2. Episode 9: Romance at Home. Episode 10: Barbecue, Beans, and Slow-Pitch Softball. Episode 11: Play Ball! Episode 12: How ‘Bout Them Dawgs! Episode 13: Mercy! Episode 14: Harry Gets Mad! Episode 15: Harry and the Hopelessly Inadequate Ballet Buffet. Episode 16: And Now Sam’s Mad! Episode 17: The Last Goodbye. Episode 18: The Big Breakup. Episode 19: Chocolate on Her Mind. Episode 20: Life without Harry. Episode 21: Life without Sam. Episode 22: Of Rice and Men. Episode 23: Lasagna to the Rescue! Episode 24: Together Again! Episode 25: Black Velvet! Episode 26: Romance on the Town! Episode 27: Dancing! Episode 28: At Long Last Breakfast! Episode 29: Paradise! Episode 30: A Vision in Sausage and Pink Chenille! Episode 31: Battenburg Lace. Episode 32: A Wedding Most Glorious! Episode 33: You Are Invited

New this week … Episode 35: The Cake!

Coming next Monday … Episode 36: Oh, Promise Me!

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