Under Cover Potatoes

After breaking through the protective, outer crust of a dish that's prepared au gratin, one can delight in the melt-in-your-mouth creaminess beneath it.

Gratin is the proof that things that come easy just aren't enough. Bread isn't tasty without the hard crust around it; sunflower seeds aren't interesting without being cracked open; and watermelon becomes spongy without its thick peel, which has to be breached with a skilled knife. Love that is not acquired through suffering will also die out in the end. Soft and pleasing things remain that way thanks to a hard,...