My son has the enviable ability to eat one cookie and walk away. Unlike the rest of our family, he is usually immune to the lure of the cookie jar. He feels sugar satiated after just one. I have no idea where he inherited that gene from. He comes from a long line of nibblers. My sister suggested that maybe we could clone the gene and market it as an injectable. We would make a fortune!
I am an enthusiastic magnet for all things international. In high school I had the unlikely opportunity to befriend new immigrant classmates from Uganda. Unlikely, because I went to high school in South Carolina at a time when the student body was definitely not multicultural. Before long, the Ugandan girls were members of my Senior Girl Scout troop and I was given lessons in wrapping a sari! In college, long before Junior year abroad programs were common or popular, I immersed myself in Guatemalan culture for 9 months working in a Guatemala City daycare center and learning back strap loom weaving from an indigenous woman in a rural village. In the years that followed I have met wonderful people and my life has been immeasurably enriched through friendship with individuals and families from Kenya, Peru, Japan, China, and Bosnia. I find it fascinating and so much fun to learn about cultures, languages, and ethnic foods.
This Monday, February 17th, is Random Acts of Kindness Day. It’s a day for reaching out and making someone’s day a little brighter. Rose Bud Butter Cookies add sparkle to any occasion. These flaky pastry cookies are enclosed in a crunchy sugar coating, then folded into piles of buttery goodness. The original Russian recipe calls them Crow’s Feet (gusinie lapki), but they look more like rose buds to me!