The first dish Tiana ever learned how to make was buttered toast.
She was only two - not old enough to handle sharp knives or use the stove. But toast, her daddy told her, was important. It had to get warmed up just right, and the butter needed to melt just so. When she was older, her daddy told her, she could learn how to put jam on without making things sticky, and when she was even older, he would show her how to mix cinnamon and sugar to put on top.
For now, it was just sunshine, butter, and toast.