How do you thank someone for being there for you no matter what? What do you say to let them know how much you appreciate their sleepless nights on uncomfortable cots and incommodious chairs in nasty hospital rooms? For wiping your stanky ass...over and over...because you can't? For coming when you call ~ no questions asked? Who research, plan, prep, travel with, and prepare amazing meals for your recovery? For giving up EVERYTHING they are busy with in their lives - family, fun, activities, work - for you? You can't. There are no words. There are no things. Nothing can express what I feel. Nothing will ever repay what I owe to Ruthie and Bentie for all the care they have provided me over the years. Bless 'em. They signed up for the wrong chick as I can put on a horrifying cancer show more than once!!!! Still, during the debacle that was my addenocarcinoma incarceration, I wanted to show my appreciation somehow! But, being unable to leave the house or do much of anything...what could that be? Lovely, outspoken, and fabulous Chrissy Teigen to the rescue! Her humor had already made me and Ruthie laugh. Her cookbooks had rave reviews. And, the titles were perfect for my mood: Cravings and Hungry for More. With Amazon at my fingertips, I purchased a copy of each for both of them, inscribing them with my feeble thanks.
Since then, we have shared many laughs just reading them! Yes! They are actually good reading. CT is funny AF!!! Though the recipes may not be in a league with Jacques Pepin (and I don't think she was aiming for that!!!) they are accessible and yummy! We have had such fun cooking and comparing, even though we are now apart. Here is a bit of our Chrissy Teigen cookery!
|Ruthie's version of CT's Carrot Coconut Soup and mine below.|
|Roasted Cauliflower, Feta, and Orzo Salad. I served mine warm, though I think chilled would be good as well. Easy and yummy.|
|I made this in the fall when I had a bounty crop of basil in need of harvesting before frost struck. CT's Pad Grapow Chicken (basically - Basil Chicken) was simple and delicious! Three cups of basil leaves may be difficult to attain at other times!!|
|I love polenta (or grits...if you prefer!!!)! But man! CT's Cheesy Polenta with Mushrooms kicks it up a notch!!!|
Thanks, Bentie and Ruthie. Really. Even though no words or recipes are sufficient to express what I feel; I love you. - cess