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  • It doesn't happen every time. Sometimes there's nothing. But most times, it starts with a sudden sting to the eyes. They flinch shut, reflexively.

    I try to keep cutting, but each time I open my eyes again, the stinging gets worse. I squinch my eyes shut hard, trying to stimulate some tears. My sinuses prickle as the mucous starts to flow.

    How can something that tastes so sweet when it's cooked be so painful when it's cut?
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