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May 6, 2013

LA BONNE VIE: A family meal worth traveling for

Sometimes I have to go and see for myself and not just take someone’s word for it. So it was this weekend. On a whim, we went to visit our daughter in Baltimore using some of those frequent flyer miles that just add up. It worked out well since our lives will be quite busy for the remainder of the spring and summer and Baltimore’s weather is warm at this time of year.

My daughter and son-out-law were accommodating and kind hosts. We spent a very relaxing time in their company. Our granddog and grandcat welcomed us also and made us feel less homesick for our pets left at home. Good food, green and blossoming trees, time spent by the water took us away from our filled calendar and helped us to see our world from a different perspective.

But I still had one thing to do: I wanted to see my sister and her husband in their natural setting.

It has been a year or so since they purchased a house, not too far from Baltimore. I saw the photos, heard the descriptions, knew the address but had still not visited and seen with my own eyes. So I told her we were coming and she promptly invited us for supper on our last night in Baltimore.

Always the welcoming hostess, she invited our daughter and her fiancé also. I brought along some Belgian pralines, carefully guarded from our trip in February. We were often tempted to eat them but managed not to. They were also saved from the jaws of Lilah, the chocolate lab, who spilled the secret of the chocolate to my daughter!

So over we drove and found a quiet street with a cozy house and a warm welcoming party. We toured the house, finding familiar items here and there. It was nice to see them comfortably installed: Crissie’s art and craft room, Tim’s piano and office space.

My sister had prepared a wonderful meal, both in taste and sight. An all-in-one savory torte, a perfectly dressed mixed green salad, a fresh fruit salad topped with bright raspberries and fresh mint, a plateful of layered crisp biscotti along with the famous pralines and chocolate frozen yogurt. My brother-in-law served up the wine and the coffee.

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Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

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