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Your Life: Cooking up ways to honor departed

Charlotte Lankard: A love of cooking and a favorite recipe become a remembrance for a beloved friend.
BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD Published: July 16, 2012

There are many ways to celebrate a life that has passed. In a loved one's memory, trees are planted, contributions to favorite charities are given, butterflies are set free and balloons released to the heavens.

I just heard of another way. It came from Oklahoma City's Tina McGinnis. A close college friend's mother had passed away a couple of weeks ago. Tina had been a frequent visitor to their home over the years.

That same week, Tina, who has a passion for cooking, was compiling a book of favorite recipes of family members and friends for her daughter — a soon-to-be bride. Looking through her multitude of recipes, she came across one given to her by her friend's mother who had passed away — “Carolyn's Cracker Torte.” It is a dessert that the mother, Carolyn, served Tina the last time she visited them.

In honor of Carolyn, Tina immediately made the dessert, took photos of it and emailed them to her friend and their larger circle of friends.

An amazing thing happened. Last week, everyone who received the photograph, made that recipe.

People in New Zealand, Australia, France, Canada, Honolulu, Santiago, Chile, Jerusalem, San Jose, Calif., Los Angeles, Texas and Oklahoma dropped everything and baked “Carolyn's Cracker Torte” out of love and respect for their friend's mother.

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