Gosh, what a week! Life turned upside down ten days ago when my mother became very ill and ended up in the hospital. She will celebrate her 90th birthday in a few weeks and has been in good health so an unexpected hospitalization threw us all into a tizzy. I’m happy to report that she is doing better and life is settling down a bit. My older daughter came from Chicago to help out and spend some time with her grandmother, and I managed to get enough kitchen time to make a few of her favorite dishes that I always make when she comes to visit. I had time to do the cooking but taking photos was just too much so these pictures are from her last several visits home.
We all love crepes and strawberries are still in season so LEMON STRAWBERRY CREPES were on our weekend menu. I made the crepes and lemon curd ahead of time so brunch went together quickly with very little mess.
GREEK CHICKEN PASTA SALAD is a perfect make ahead recipe when you are short on time. I doubled the ingredients so a quick lunch or dinner was available between hospital visits.
My daughter and SIL introduced me to CHICKEN VESUVIO when they took me to Danny’s Restaurant in Chicago on a visit several years ago. This is one of our favorite one-pan chicken dishes and the leftovers are fantastic. I thought I made extra but at the end of the meal there was only one lone potato wedge left in the pan. This is a “must try” recipe and be sure to double or triple the sauce if you make it because it is THAT GOOD!
Homemade GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE has always been my daughter’s favorite dessert and I wasn’t going to disappoint her on this visit. She loves it and I had to smile when I saw her cut a slice to go with her morning cup of coffee.
The past 10 days have been stressful and it helped to have a few of our favorite comfort foods in the fridge when we had time to sit down for a meal or had to get something on the run. The crisis has passed for now and my mom is doing much better. As frail as she is she bounced back like the energizer bunny. Way to go, Mom!
This post is part of FOODIE FRIDAY at Rattlebridge Farm.
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