Since the early days of SimplyCooking®, cooking for others has wound it way into the founder's conversations and content. Cindy prepared and delivered dinner to her grandmother every Wednesday without fail for most of the years our venture has existed. What she was making or what she should make frequently came up in light hearted, passing conversation. There were several occasions SimplyCooking® meetings convened in Kathy's dining room while Kathy cooked, not only for her own four children but for another household in need. I drop off meals - always including dessert - for family and friends whenever there's a need, but I particularly find rewarding dinner parties my sister and I have thrown for our parents. Gathering around a table with a few friends, fine wine and food, spirited conversation followed by a little live music is what my parents so enjoyed regularly in their younger days. With just a few simple, everyday recipes and a little time, we have done the work for them, creating the setting they so relish. Watching the pleasures of friendship, food and laughter unfold is equally as pleasurable for the two of us who are not eating but simmering, carving, pouring and plating it up. And the dinner parties Cindy and I have done for charity make us realize, time and time again, several things: One, we love cooking together. Two, we have no desire to be caterers. Three, there is indeed a sort of magic in cooking for others when it is soulfully inspired.
With your SimplyCooking® Pantry stocked, you'll find yourself like us; ready to prepare a few extra servings, a few extra meals or a quick, little treat any time for anyone who may need the touch of the loving spirit that comes uniquely from your kitchen. Upcoming posts will feature recipes ideal for sharing with others.