Cross your fingers – Cheese-it Crackers, and Parmesan-Crusted Steak with Pink Lemon, Roasted Potatoes and Broccoli Day 2

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Happier Days

These pictures of my Buddy Boogie may seem like a strange way to start a cooking post but it has a surprising and nice purpose.

I have been working on my new kitchen for the last month. So yesterday when it was finished should have been a joyous day in my life. But last weekend things took a very troubling and unexpected turn.

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Listless Boogie

My pal Boogie lost a LOT of weight and got very listless. I took him to Animal Medical and Surgical Center Monday and the prognosis was not good. They did an ultra sound, a biopsy, and other tests of Boogie’s bad liver. It was either cirrhosis or cancer of the liver.

I finally got to bring Boogie home Friday about noon with a lot of medicine and special dog food. What the vet told me to watch out for was whether Boogie would eat or not. This is where Cheese-it crackers and Parmesan-Crusted Steak with Pink Lemon, Roasted Potatoes and Broccoli Day 2 come in.

I was very upset so to take my mind off the sickness of my best friend I decided to cook a Blue Apron meal. It almost worked for me but then Boogie would not eat that evening. I eventually went to bed but not to sleep.

Saturday he still wouldn’t eat and I couldn’t even give him his medicine. He just turned up his nose at the vet supplied dog food. I even tried warming some of the liver food up in the microwave to a little over room temperature. (You want to smell something that stinks. Try that!) Out of desperation I tried some Cheese-it Crackers. Boogie has always liked them. Surprise, surprise he would eat them as long as I gave them to him one at a time and not too many at once. I could even give him his liquid medicines by putting some of the medicine on the crackers and letting it soak in.

Parmesan-Crusted Steak with Pink Lemon, Roasted Potatoes and Broccoli 1 (1) lowrezThat still left his pills. I warmed up some of the left-over Parmesan-Crusted Steak with Pink Lemon, Roasted Potatoes and Broccoli I had fixed the day before for my lunch. That gave me an idea! It turns out making a little ball from peanut butter along with the pill and a small piece of steak works great for giving solid medicine to a fur baby. They don’t notice the pill if there is a small piece of steak in the peanut butter.

Ok, Lunch with wine, I like to post!

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I am doing all this “gourmet” cooking so I though to really finish the meal I needed a good wine. So I ordered the Blue Apron” wine service. This is the first lunch I made with wine. For years I’ve wanted to learn about wine so I thought this was a good time.

It is a room temperature Barley salad (Carrots, Vidalia Onions, Greek Yogurt, and Pearled Barley cooked then cooled to room temperature), with a cold marinated cucumber salad (Cucumber., Honey, Fresh Tarragon, and White Wine Vinegar), and a side of Pad Thia noodles with chicken.

The wine is a Palmina Sangioverse from a vineyard East of San Francisco.

Why I’m changing the focus of this blog to cooking.

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I’m here to restart and change the focus of a blog I started in 2015 but let languish in 2016. I have a new and unexpected passion in my life- COOKING!

I’m trying to become something of a gourmet cook. If you look at some of the dishes I’ve made I’m on my way. I’ll add more pictures of dishes I’ve made in future posts. Maybe all those years of watching the Food Channel haven’t been wasted. Thanks to trying it out with “Blue Apron” ( ) I’ve found I can actually do it!

It’s been a dream of mine to become a gourmet amateur chef for years. But I didn’t think I could because I must cook sitting down. If I need to move some chopped garlic from the prep area to the stove I must carry it in my wheelchair to the stove.

That gives me the difference that will make my blog stand out from the thousands of other cooking blogs on the web. If you do a search just using the key word “cooking” you get over seventeen million hits. But when you add modifiers like “cooking disabled” or “cooking sitting down” you find very little. Maybe my blog on cooking sitting down can fill that niche.

Opening picture my Asparagus and Arugula Pesto Pizza with Pink Lemon Ricotta


Next time accommodating the Oven and Cooktop.

My savior Blue Apron

Steak#2 Cooked v3.jpgFor months, I tried going purely vegetarian both because I did not like the way animals were treated ethically and the added hormones and other chemicals used by commercial meat producers and even produce farms in the US. Beside that doctors always say a meatless diet is healthier.

Sadly, I was having almost constant headaches and did not feel that well in general.  Then there were the ethical problems, hormones, and other chemicals used by commercial farms.

So, I decided to try Blue Apron about five months ago. The produce is fresh and produced without all the chemicals added. The meats and other animal products are not commercially produced with all the hormones and other chemicals added.  It’s taken awhile but now the headaches are going away and I’m feeling both physically and ethically better.

The picture above is my latest effort. It is Seared Steak and Fingerling Potatoes with Charred Onions and Butter Lettuce Salad.  The salad was dressed using a combination of Blue Cheese, Dion Mustard, Crème Fresh, and Verjus Rougeand topped with Chopped Wallnuts.