January 28, 2009
Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan said:
Year after year I'd be reminded how superior my grandmother's tarts were. In our friends' homes, I would nibble politely and think privately, this crust is too dry. Or too flaky, or not flaky enough. There's too much pineapple, or too little. Only my father's mother got it right, I believed. I also believed she would teach me to make them one day. And then, when I was 11, she died.
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