"Kindness is the greatest floss..." from The Razor's Edge

When I was in college working at Muir's Drug Store on Michigan Avenue, I remember reading an article about a "rudeness syndrome" that was sweeping the country. Part of the problem, the author felt, was the younger generation's lack of concern for humanity and continual focus on self. I could not stop laughing when I read it! Interestingly though, as I shared the article with friends, family, and co-workers, they agreed with the author! That was in the seventies, and I am happy to report that forty some years later, a New York Times writer, Nicholas Kristof, believes that people are getting nicer. Well, it's about time, don't you think!!

In the Kitchen with the LaTorres

Just about everyone in my house loves to cook! Holiday time is a time for great traffic jams in the kitchen.  For some reason, we've just paired eating good food with celebrations. To me, there is no greater joy than gathering the whole family around the table to eat and share stories!  I am in the process of putting together a family cookbook with favorites, including cultural favorites from Joe's Italian grandmother to my French grandmother.  When our children were younger, and money was scarcer, we weren't as picky about our food purchases as we are now.  We grew vegetables in the garden and raised chickens for eggs, but our main dish choices were whatever was on sale.  Now we are more conscious about what we select, often picking up cuts from Whole Foods. With no more chickens on hand, I select eggs from free-roaming chickens, which are of course, more expensive than the eggs from the chicken mills.  I will share some of the fun recipes we have enjoyed on this blog site with you, my trusted readers!

Vegetable Lasagna from America's Test Kitchens--Delicious for Vegetarians!

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