“Nice cupcakes, buddy,” I heard from behind me half an hour later, and I saw in front of me, Feb, who I was talking to, lift her gaze to some high point over my shoulder.

Joe obviously was there.

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“Dad’s Mom,” I blathered on. “She was Polish and she could cook. I mean she could cook. She made these cookies, like crescent rolls but in cookie form with lots of cinnamon and sugar and butter and the dough was made with sour cream so they were rich and she sifted powdered sugar on them. She made them every Christmas and I always went over to help. She let me brush the melted butter on the rolled out dough and sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar on and she let me sift the powdered sugar on top.”

Finally, Tate spoke.

“All your memories come with food?” he asked.

“Dad makes the best cocktail sauce for shrimp you ever tasted. Carrie concocted this homemade macaroni and cheese that’s out of this world. And Mom got all the good of Grams and Gramma and put her own spin on it. Everything she makes will knock your socks off but her chocolate pecan pie is unbelievable.”

“I’ll take that as a yes,” Tate mumbled.

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Snowballs: photo by Michelle Reed

These are the cookies Benny Bianchi adores and Frankie Concetti makes for him. And once you try them, you’ll know just how angry he was in “that moment” when she sent them to him for Christmas because no one should waste this goodness…ever!

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Benny Bianchi’s favorite cake, the cake Frankie bakes for him for his birthday, the cake his mom gives up the recipe to without a fight because she knows Frankie is “The One.”

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I’m instigating the Great American Cookie debate. What is the...

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Rock Chick Cookies

Eddie’s favorite cookies!

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