The Rosemary Fig Cake That Brought Two Chefs (& One Dog) Together

Good food is worth a thousand words—sometimes more. In My Family Recipe, a writer shares the story of a single dish that’s meaningful to them and their loved ones.

You always step in whenever my buttercream breaks. You enter the kitchen with a calmness I don’t possess, taking the bowl of frosting from my hands and placing it back on the mixer. You paddle it, gently heating the sides of the bowl with a torch. I watch, flustered, as the frosting transforms into a fluffy success. Deep down I know better than to give up after such a trivial mistake, but when one thing goes wrong I can’t rationalize my feelings. I throw in the towel. And in moments like that, I remember how lucky I am to have you.