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My daddy was the bravest man I knew.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Thank you all for your prayers, your hugs, your virtual sympathy bouquet spark goodies.

Yesterday the world lost the best cheesecake baker known to man. In 1973 the NY Village Voice declared his cheesecake to be the best in New York City. He was interviewed on ABC by Bob Lape, a food critic. It was the first time Bob Lape ever took a 2nd bite when he interviewed someone - at least that is what he told my dad - the cheesecake was so good that he had to take a 2nd bite.

He will be missed by many for his humor, his laughter and of course, his cheesecake. The wondrous creations he could make with a little flour and water. I told people that I could make all his creations with the same recipe. They would say, "no way, how do you make danish, cheesecake, bread, etc. with the same recipe??"

All it ever took was, "daddy, I'm all out of ..." and it made whatever I desired. Just one simple recipe, "daddy, I'm all out of..."

I need some time to mourn - but I will be back sparking as soon as possible. My daddy always needed his "routine" to keep going. I too will get back to my routines as soon as possible.

I can do it!

For anyone curious, here is a link for where it says the recipe was voted # 1. You'd have to buy the Juniors Book to see my dad - not really worth it - I will post the picture in a later blog.
books.google.com/books?i
d=UjgpRho4VkoC&pg=PA4&lpg=
PA4&dq=village+voice+july+
26+1973&source=bl&ots=zmQR
dq8WA6&sig=n71Kt6dx35tiSWv
GJvpwaMcjYIE&hl=en&ei=RX7h
TY2fNOH20gGp4PSMBw&sa=X&oi
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num=10&ved=0CFIQ6AEwCQ#v=o
nepage&q=village%20voice%20july%2026%201973&f=false


Read where it says, "We're Number 1!" It was the Village Voice column that had Bob Lape interviewing my dad, he was the Master Pastry Chef at Juniors and his specialty was the Cheesecake.

He told me the other day that so many times he would barely make it home from work and the phone would ring - they were out of cheesecake and he had to go back!

People that grew up in the Great Depression had work ethics we no longer see. I was raised that if I took a job, regardless of pay, I was supposed to do the best job I could. I was also raised as a child that if I babysat for someone I was not to demand money but accept whatever was offered. I am thankful for my upbringing. I learned early-on and was reminded daily that the world does not revolve around me. I am not the center of the universe.
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