Summer has been so hot, and just when I wanted to gasp, sigh, and whine, I think about what i learned from Aunt Ruth. She spent most of her days in the kitchen going through her collection of recipes to find just the right ones to prepare for friends. That's right....for friends. She has several dinner and lunch dates in her apartment during the week, and if a dear one can't make it to her place, she brings the meal. She says this is simply the way she was raised by my grandmother. Both my mother and Aunt Ruth have specific baskets ready to be filled for delightful deliveries.
I find myself saying the same thing that I have been hearing all to often; "I'd love to, but I am so busy right now." Aunt Ruth has never been too busy for her family or her friends which is probably why she had 165 people at her 90th birthday party. Of course, I have more than 165 friends on Facebook. Right? One of the many lessons I have learned from Aunt Ruth is the importance of socializing, caring, listening, and, yes, cooking and serving with love.
Does this seem simple? Not a grand gesture? Giving has no measurable unit. It is the main ingredient for love, and Aunt Ruth served it in large portions! You can too
Back to the kitchen....