Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Our dinners for Eddie

On Monday, my sister took the day off work. We teamed up to spend the entire day cooking. Not for ourselves, but for my ailing stepfather, Eddie.

Now 78, Eddie has had a decade of serious health issues. Recently, he had some falls, a tough recovery from surgery and pneumonia -- and lost more than 20 pounds off his already thin frame in less than six weeks. Despite her perpetual age of 39, we've started to notice that the role of caretaker has taken a toll on our mother. Two weeks ago, my sister, Sandy, drove to her house with a car full of groceries. She cooked enough meals to last at least two weeks, in an effort to give my mother a break from her 24-hour cooking, cleaning and caring schedule.

They loved it. As Eddie says, "It's not like I travel now. The highlight of my day is hitting Walgreen's. Food is all that I have to truly look forward to."

We decided to cook them enough for a month. Over the weekend, we made a list of his favorite meals. Classic Thanksgiving fare topped his list, along with spaghetti. We armed ourselves with a mountain of groceries. Two women in my smallish kitchen made for crazy, hectic, tripping over each other cooking -- and a great time, 'cause nothing is more fun than cooking with my sister (above).

We cooked 40 meals, some with enough for leftovers in one day. Here's the list:

Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings (x5)
Beef & cheese stuffed cabbage rolls (x4)
Meatloaf (x5)
Chicken Florentine (x4)
Spaghetti and meatballs (x7)
Black bean soup (x3)
Cassoulet (x3)
Beef bourguignon (x4)
Pot roast (x3)
Caramelized onion steak sandwich (x4)
Mashed potatoes (x2)
Lots of homemade gravy
Now I'm off to make some turkey noodle soup with the remainder of the turkey carcass...

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Anonymous Clare said...

would love to see all your recipes for these!! How thoughtful.

September 24, 2009 at 12:22 PM  
Anonymous andrea said...

that is so cool. what a wonderful gift.

now can you come to my house please??

September 25, 2009 at 8:30 PM  
Anonymous SandyK said...

I'm Sandy, Kat's sister...it's really cool cooking with Kat - and incredibly handy to have a cordon bleu chef around for all those great tips. Our styles are surprisingly similar, yet unique at the same time. We share different takes on recipes...plus we get excited, truly excited, about stuff like hearty turkey stock. How many people can you say that about? Love you Kat!

September 28, 2009 at 6:58 AM  
Anonymous Robert K. said...

Would love to see the recipes, too!

September 28, 2009 at 11:05 AM  

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