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Topic: Cooking or Baking (01/04/07)

TITLE: Man, Could that Woman Cook
By Phil Naessens


Man, could that woman cook!

It didn't matter whether it was a dinner party for her husband’s clients, or for her many grandchildren, she was happiest in the kitchen!

Maryanne loved to cook! Fried chicken that could melt in your mouth, steaks cooked to perfection whether it was broiled or grilled, mashed potatoes and gravy, blueberry pancakes and whatever else you could name. No one ever walked away from that woman’s table hungry, or disappointed. Maryanne could make a TV dinner taste like a gourmet meal because she did it with love! People would say that Maryanne should invite all the world leaders for dinner and they would agree to just about anything!

Christmas was always a special time at Maryanne’s house. She would begin searching for all of the ingredients for her wide assortment of Christmas cookies in January and begin preparing the dough in November, to prepare the many gift trays of cookies that she would give to her many friends and extended family. It was definitely a treat to receive a gift tray of delicious cookies from Maryanne during the Christmas holiday season! Enter her home and there were trays of cookies and bowls of chex party mix everywhere you looked!

Christmas dinner was something to behold! The kitchen was "off limits" unless you had a job to do because Maryanne had everything in order and just the way she liked it! Turkey and ham and stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, hot mouthwatering biscuits fresh from the oven and corn and peas! It was an endless array of wonderful food and the laughter of her family provided evidence that Maryanne had done her job well! Martha Stewart would have been so proud!

Maryanne hasn’t cooked in a very long time. You see, she has Alzheimer’s disease and is now in a nursing home. Her kids have children and grandchildren of their own, with their own traditions and the big family holiday meals are now a distant memory. A very special memory!

Maryanne kept her family together doing what she loved to do, by cooking and baking because she new that a family who eats together, stays together!

My hope and prayer is that when Maryanne goes on to be with the Lord, that her family put away their many differences and remember all the happy memories that they shared and the many Holiday meals at Maryanne’s house, and hopefully share a Holiday meal together, because that’s what Maryanne would have wanted!

Man, could that woman cook!

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Jan Ackerson 01/11/07
This is a wonderful tribute to MaryAnne. If it's true, I hope you share it with her relatives.

My only nitpick is with all those exclamation points--they tend to make the reader feel smacked around a bit (although with something nice, like a bag of marshmallows).

Very sweet story.
Rhonda Clark 01/11/07
What a great tribute to a wonderful lady. This was a wonderful piece that brought tears to my eyes. Fantastic job.
Trina Courtenay01/12/07
I think you read my heart with this. Every word penned is a reflection of what I've gone through these past two months. Thanks for writing this.