It is a basic tenet that noodle kugels are made with love. It is what binds the eggs, cream cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese together. The food processor is also essential: it supplies the brawn to make fast work of all the smoothing and pureeing.
This year, my Beloved asked for cornflake topping on the kugel. For the man who kept a constant flow of ice tea on my desk these last few months when crutches precluded me from carrying liquids; who did my grocery shopping for six solid months (not to mention much of my cooking for work), who came running each and every time he heard the ominous crash when I’d bopped around too carelessly on those crutches; who brought ice packs and Tylenol time after time… yes, I will make you cornflake topping. And together we will savor the start of a new year, and together we will toss the remnants of last year’s hardships and heartbreaks in the Hudson River.
I will make you kugel with crunchy, sweet cornflake topping, and not just because you brought me ice tea. I will make it for you the way you make me just the right blend of green and chamomile ice tea– not as a quid pro quo, but with love and caring and in celebration of the 12th anniversary of our wedding day.