December 1st is World AIDS Day.
Back before I was blogging about baking. I was a food blog stalker. Admit it, many of us started that way. At the time I was the author of expat blog that focused on my adventures living abroad and sometimes featuring my cooking. I found myself more and more fascinated by food blogs. One of my favorite at that time was Angela's Spinach Tiger.
One day I read a post of hers calling bloggers to Cook Red to Remember. Detailing the account of her brother's battle with AIDS, the piece was both moving and inspiring. Angela's gorgeous heartfelt writing left me in tears and I traveled back in time opening old wounds of my own. The Cook Red to Remember challenge propelled me into the kitchen.
I made these angel ribbon cookies, wrote a post on my own experiences during the heart of the AIDS epidemic and sent it to her. Like I said, I was not a food blogger at the time and I was and still am no great cookie decorator. The cookie design was inspired by Angels in America and executed with a Keith Haring style twist. I believe Angels is one of the most beautiful plays ever written. I remembered sitting next to Yoko Ono in the Broadway production of part two on World AIDS Day in the early 90s, both of us sitting silent with tears streaming down our faces. Anyway. I digress. When I sent my post to Angela it was one of the very first interactions I had with another blogger. I was insecure and sorta felt like the kid on the outside of the playground looking in.