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Olive Branch by Rebecca Koury

Olive Branch by Rebecca Koury

Before my Greek mother-in-law and I first baked bread together, I often felt trapped and insecure when I was around her.

11:03 a.m.: “About this much flour, a few cupfuls of warm water, and yeast, salt and oil. Put it in your biggest bowl. You need to let your hands get into the dough, Christinaki. Feel the dough.”

As my hands knead the dough, she adds a splash of water here, a dash of salt there. The counter top too high, I move the bowl of dough to the floor. Mom’s eyebrows rise. I continue to knead. Continue reading →