Posted Monday, October 4th, 2004
The woman brought the dress home wrapped in celadon tissue and tucked in a gold paper bag. She set it on the dining room table. In the kitchen, she tested the acuity of her best knife on the tip of her finger. After washing away the tiny bubble of blood, she sliced a few onions, some celery, tomatoes, and an avocado. She placed the items in a sauté pan and stirred them around in butter. To this savory mix she added Marsala wine and cardamom. Scented steam drifted up toward the ceiling. She lowered the temperature and walked back to the dining room.
The bag smelled of lavender and wood chips. She pulled apart the leaves of tissue and withdrew the ivory dress. Its silk rubbed cool against her skin. She held it out in front of her. Empire style, shiny, and see-through around the neckline. The moment she’d seen it she had to have it. She danced it into the bedroom and stood in front of the full-length mirror. So divine, she said. Its hem tickled her ankles. She laughed and reached into the side table next to her bed for scissors.
In the kitchen, she placed the whispers of dress into the saucepan with the onions, celery, avocado, wine, and spice. She stirred with gentle concentration. When the silk was finished and the ends browned and delicate, she scooped it onto her plate. She brought her meal to the table with a glass of sweet, red wine.
What else would she do with a dress that didn’t fit?
Comments [post a comment]
Posted by Maryanne Stahl on Monday, October 4th, 2004 at 11:03 PM
Delicious story: delicate, satisfying, and not at all fattening!
brava, ms. denza!
Posted by debbie ice on Tuesday, October 5th, 2004 at 7:54 AM
Indeed, this is what should be done!
Posted by Katie Weekley on Tuesday, October 5th, 2004 at 10:32 AM
This is gorgeous, Katrina. Makes me hungry for some dress!
Posted by Myfanwy Collins on Tuesday, October 5th, 2004 at 11:01 AM
Love it! Well-done, Katrina! You are so masterful.
Posted by Susan DiPlacido on Tuesday, October 5th, 2004 at 1:31 PM
Posted by Miriam Kotzin on Tuesday, October 5th, 2004 at 6:01 PM
This is wonderful--and of course the recipe itself is intriging. This is an intriguing story--and I love the last sentence.
Posted by Cheryl Chambers on Thursday, October 7th, 2004 at 10:30 PM
I love this piece. Wonderful story!
Posted by Marcia Lynx Qualey [ firstname.lastname@example.org
] on Friday, October 8th, 2004 at 6:42 AM
Beautiful job, Kat. I love the smells, the tactile information.
Posted by Kathy Fish on Friday, October 8th, 2004 at 8:02 PM
I love this surprising tale! Very well written!
Posted by Sharon Hurlbut on Sunday, October 10th, 2004 at 12:15 PM
This is such a sensual story. Beautiful and startling.
Posted by Ellen Meister [ email@example.com
] on Monday, October 11th, 2004 at 11:27 AM
So glad I clicked in for this tasty treat! Bravo, Katrina!
Posted by Alla Michelle Watson on Monday, October 11th, 2004 at 12:37 PM
Now I know what to do with about a dozen of my dresses! But I think I'll add a little Vodka to the recipe...
Posted by Russell Bittner on Tuesday, November 30th, 2004 at 5:00 PM
Please don't think of this as merely reciprocating. I frankly thought I'd already commented some time ago on your piece. (In any case, I very much remembered reading it after I'd gotten into the first few sentences this second time around -- and three books and a couple of dozen short stories in the meantime, that's a HUGE compliment to you!
The ending's too good for me to believe that it simply occurred to you... well, at the end. So congratualations on an excellent execution! Having the idea in the first place is just a fraction of the accomplishment; executing it well is the real work!
Posted by Salome Homeyer on Tuesday, May 10th, 2005 at 11:49 AM
This is beautiful! I can nearly taste it!