A few days ago I posted an article on different diets that I first posted on my new blog: Now I have the first “diet” posted in two parts. It is on allergy food plans. If you want to read it, pleased go to the address above and look for Categories in the right hand margin and click on Food Plans & Diets: A Series. It is a general article on how to detect food allergies and meet the challenge that these food allergies pose. For example, peanuts are a common allergy and you will need to read labels carefully, since they could be mixed in with tree nuts or used as a “special” ingredient in restaurant food. (Someone told me that a chef used peanuts in his chili, probably ground up, and the mother thought it was a safe food for her allergic daughter and it was not.)


At the beginning of February, I wrote USAir for permission to reprint an article entitled The F♥♥d of L♥ve by Nick Stellino of Public TV’s “Cucina Amore.” Since I did not receive a response to my request, I will tell the “love story” in my own words and just quote a sentence or two.

The Food of Love

Nick Stellino and his brother headed out to a local soccer game one weekend afternoon after a family lunch.  At the stadium, Nick realized he had forgotten the tickets on his dresser and raced back to the house. He arrived to hear the strains of music from the living room and after retrieving the tickets, peeked into the room to see what guests had come, since the living room was reserved for guests.  Instead he saw his parents, swaying in each other’s arms.

“My mother, still in the yellow rubber gloves she wore for washing dishes, eyes closed, rested her head on my father’s shoulders.”

While the author of this story no longer remembers who won the soccer game, this picture of his parents remains in his memories—“young, in love, and dancing in each others’ arms.” He ends his lovely story by saying that he finds its curious how vivid these memories are of his family and food and now still sees (in his mind’s eye)  his parents dancing, maybe slower and older, but still in love and smelling the “rich aromas of his mother’s kitchen.”

He ends his story by writing he cannot promise that all of the recipes in his books will do the same for the readers’ memories, but states: “…you can never tell what will happen when you cook anything with a little bit of love.” ♥

P.S. I love this story because it mixes love of food and love of family, a dynamic duo for Valentine’s Day or any day of the year!

Since there was no picture of his parents dancing in their solotto (living room) with his mother in her yellow rubber gloves (from my favorite line in the story above), I decided to use the iconic photo from WWII of the sailor kissing the nurse. In Googling this picture I learned the names of the two people in this famous photo:

The caption below is from


Carl Muscarello and Edith Shain, who claim to be the people in Alfred Eisenstaedt’s famous V-J Day photograph, commemorate its 60th anniversary with a kiss next to a statue of their likeness in New York’s Times Square in this August 14, 2005. Shain has died at the age of 91, her family said on Tuesday, June 24th, 2010. The V-J Day picture of the white-clad Shain by photographer Eisenstaedt captured an epic moment in U.S. history and became an iconic image marking the end of the war after being published in Life magazine.

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