The internet is ablaze with ideas for holiday cookie boxes, which require careful packing and shipping. Though this makes for a beautiful snail mail surprise, it does diminish the appeal of the assembly. However, with a vintage crate or a pretty tray, you can take a similar idea and enjoy the sweet bounty in person.
Someday, when we can hold hands and hug, and pass plates to each other, I will indulge my craving to eat my way through Italy. In the meantime, I'll make simple pastas with big flavors and try to appreciate the lessons of Italian cooking. I'll continue to be grateful for the lessons of this time, for resourcefulness, and for the difference a little lemon zest can make.