Kaleidoscope Dinners

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


3 responses to “Kaleidoscope Dinners

  1. This is such a wonderful way to share cooking with people who really need it. Thank you for sharing Kaleidoscope Dinners with us.

  2. Bless you for doing this. When my dear friend was dealing with breast cancer we set up a calendar where friends brought dishes to the family (she had a husband and two young girls) every day of the week except Sundays and Mondays. If you signed up for a Monday you would bring groceries instead (milk, bread, cereals, cookies or snacks for the kids). Sundays the family ate leftovers from the week. Sometimes the dinner you brought might be from their favorite fast food place or you might call in to have a pizza delivered. I know it helped her out a lot and she was grateful that she didn’t have to worry about her family being fed.
    We lost her two years ago this Christmas. I miss her.

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