Thursday, March 18, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 18 — Shining Star

March 18  — Shining star:  Did you have a female ancestor who had a special talent?  Artist, singer, actress, athlete, seamstress, or other?  Describe.

Anna Alzo (right) with her cousin Mary, baking cookies for a family wedding.

I always said that my mother should have opened her own bakery.  She was a great cook, but she had a real talent for making cakes, cookies, and other desserts.  Her specialty:  Lady Locks--dainty puffed pastry with creme filling.  She made them for every wedding, baptism, graduation, and other special event in our family and they would disappear from the cookie table in a flash!  Making these cookies requires patience and precision and I remember watching my mother labor for hours--working to get the dough just right before wrapping it around the special pins, and then after they came out of the oven would carefully fill each one using a pastry bag, and then delicately coat them with powdered sugar from her "magical" powdered sugar can.  They weren't just cookies--they were works of art!  

Copyright 2010, Lisa A. Alzo

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