The cookies were lined up like toy soldiers on the baking sheet. Gooey and moist with a rainbow of sprinkles across the top. Each one delightful and tempting, filled with real butter, sugar and chocolate. 

Anxiously, I waited for them to cool and took particular pleasure in being the first to taste. 

A scientist and an artist, she instinctively and skillfully crafted the treasures that found their way into our stomachs and our hearts. 

Her bakers secret? It was no secret at all. Anyone that ate at her table knew it well. 

It was love. 

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