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Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen

September 16, 2011

Sometimes the Kitchen Gets Crazy

One of my favorite activities with Gramps is cooking.  I look for recipes with lots of steps that are interactive and we spend hours enjoying the process of creating a wonderful meal.  Although cooking has become a highlight of my days, it isn’t always easy.  Here are a few of the lessons I try to keep in mind:

1. Cleanliness

Standards of cleanliness are learned and therefore easily forgotten.  Although it may seem obvious to wash your hands before cooking, it is not obvious to Gramps.  We always wash our hands together in the kitchen before cooking.  A trip to the bathroom to wash hands frequently results in a long walk but still dirty hands. I also watch for food dropping on the floor and immediately offer a place to put garbage.  I try to avoid having Gramps work with any raw meat or near any surfaces that might contaminate things.

2. Easy Jobs

I try to avoid any job that has more than one step and always demonstrate how I want the job done.  A job that involves quality control or conditional statements doesn’t seem to get done correctly.  For example removing the skin from a carrot results in a tiny carrot or a carrot with a lot of skin but cutting a carrot into pieces of the same size works very well.

3. Keep an Eye Out

Even with clear directions and simple steps, it has been important for me to always keep an eye on Gramps to avoid contaminating our food.

Our food might not win awards but it sure tastes good and who doesn’t like celebrating their hard work with a feast?

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  1. September 16, 2011 7:14 am

    That is lovely — finding those things in life that our loved ones can still find pleasure and reward in is difficult and cooking together is such a great process to share — with great feelings of accomplishment and pride for someone who may not feel it very often anymore! What a gift you give!

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