One of the most satisfying groups that I participate in is Kaleidoscope. This started as small support group, started by a strong woman whom I’ve known for years and admire greatly, who happens to be a cancer survivor, to reach out to other people and families dealing with cancer. They have quite a few areas of support, and mine is the Krockpot Brigade. Once or twice a month I cook dinner for a family with a family member who is dealing with cancer.
The Krockpot Brigade dinners always take a little more planning than a family dinner. For one, our family tends to eat pretty late by American standards, so delivering a complete meal at 5:30 or 6:00 means a change in my afternoon schedule. I always want to make something super tasty, but know that others’ idea of super tasty may not match mine. And most importantly, while the family likely plans to have this meal for their dinner that night, cancer doesn’t tend to follow those plans. This meal may sit in the fridge or freezer for quite awhile.
For the meal I prepared this week, I looked to the recently discovered gem the Complete Outdoor Living Cookbook. The menu (recipes to follow):
Fall Salad with Pear, Toasted Walnuts, and Gorgonzola
40 Clove Garlic Chicken
Butternut Squash Risotto
Spiced Pear Cake