The following post was written by my mom, WWW. Thanks, mom!
cherry pie in the making
So… back to not posting. This week’s fruit is navel oranges but I didn’t think I would have time or inspiration to come up with orange recipes being away from my cookbooks and my kitchen. (8 navel oranges are inside of Rebecca right now according to babycenter.com which I think qualifies as a large bag and justifies a LOT of sympathetic stares). So I called Rebecca and told her no post. And then last night, Larry proudly sent me these pictures and that’s when I changed my mind. Larry had had picked a large number of vegetables from the garden, and had actually beautifully prepared and COOKED them to go along with some refried beans I had left him in the freezer.
Rachel and I were jumping up and down with glee at the sight of these photos and of course we had to forward the pictures to Rebecca who was
also jumping up and down dying laughing at how FUCKING adorable my father, LDW, is. This is Rebecca by the way, back to you, Wendy...
I know this doesn’t sound like a big deal, but you have to know that Larry has NEVER cooked anything on the stove in the 33 years we have been married except scrambled eggs (which, I might add, he does really well).
So the two girls were calling each other to giggle about how ADORABLE they thought their dad was and I called Larry to tell him how PROUD we were of him for cooking such a wonderful (and beautiful) meal for himself. And that magical moment along with the fact that I have been cooking like mad here in Ohio, stocking Rachel’s freezer full of healthy food, lead me to realize that I could let the oranges go and write about something else, something I have been wanting to write about for awhile.
I had a friend tell me the other day that she thought that feeding people is one of my languages of love. I never thought about it before but I think she is right. Whenever people come over, I am suddenly inviting them to eat—lunch or dinner, or tea and a snack. One of my great joys when the kids were growing up was feeding them and their friends. And probably the hardest adjustment for me when they moved out was missing the constant waves of hungry teenagers plopping in our kitchen for a meal. With all of this extra time here in Ohio, I have been enjoying helping Rachel adjust to her new life by giving her a freezer full of home-made food. When Rebecca had her babies, I did the same for her and will again when the twins come. I have a list of favorite foods I cook for this purpose, all of them are recipes I have shared with you before. All of these foods freeze well but also are great to bring to the home of someone you love if they have been laid up or need a little bit of home cooking to cheer them up.
My favorite TLC recipes
2. (meat-free) Split pea soup:
5. Red dal
And one last thing… to those of you who live in the Michigan/Ohio area, how lucky you are to have Michigan tart cherries to use for cherry pies! Rachel found this recipe when she was at U of Michigan and it's amazing!