Aunt Rose is neither legally nor biologically related to Khadija. She's related through extended love. A most beautiful multi-layered folding in of love.
Rose came to the U.S. and joined the Spears family via her marriage to Will Jr. (known as Uncle June to Khadija) a serviceman she met and fell in love with while he served in her native country, the Philippines. Khadija is a member of the Spears family through love - the family's patriarch Will Sr. turned Khadija's father into a second son after taking notice of his need of some extra food and extra love while Will Sr. was a custodian at the then young man's school. Khadija's father became family through and through, even giving the chosen name of the Spears' youngest daughter to his first born.
This is a VERY long way of saying that Khadija has never not known Rose as Aunt Rose, the Ever Happy To Love On The Kids Auntie at Mom and Pop Spears's House. Though Will and Rose never had children of their own, Rose was exemplary at mothering every child in her new family system, in spite of cultural and language barriers. She is all that one could ask for in an aunt inherited through love.
The cookie named in Aunt Rose's honor is a Pandan and Rose Water Cookie, a tribute to both her homeland and the name by which she is known. Much like the lives of children are richer and fuller because of the deep love of women like Aunt Rose, we imagine this cookie will extend your ability to appreciate good food.
pairing suggestions: pancit, lumpia, coconut ice cream, berry jam
Ingredients: Organic Unbleached Wheat Flour, Organic Unbleached Barley Flour, Butter (Cream, Natural Flavors), Sugar, Molasses, Eggs, Water Infused by Pandan Leaves, Rose Water, Baking Powder, Sea Salt.