Quiet Supper

Last week at my mom’s house was a sad week.

My dad passed away after battling cancer. He went in peace at home with family and friends around.

After a few days of visitors and arrangements I found myself wanting to make a hot supper for my mother while she worked late in her home office finishing up some things.

If you know my mom, you know she eats extremely healthy and often makes dinners of salad, fruit and veggies. She single-handily kept my father healthy. Not an easy task with a large, sausage-loving man. So I thought she would enjoy not only the pleasure of someone making a meal for her, but a hot one as well.

I checked out the fridge and found a couple of summer squash and of course she had a supply of tomatoes on hand. That and a box of pasta was all I needed to put together a simple, hot and satisfying meal to enjoy together late in the evening after a hectic couple of days.

I sliced the squash into 1/4″ thick rounds and laid them out like a deck of cards in a glass baking dish. Then I sliced the tomatoes the same and laid them on top. I made a quick “vinaigrette” of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, plenty of minced garlic and lots of dried Italian seasoning. No salt and pepper as she prefers none and folks can add it at the table.

Into the preheated oven of 375 degrees until the squash is cooked and the tomatoes all juicy and roasted. Meanwhile I boiled a little Dreamfields pasta. Scoop the hot flavorful veggies onto the hot pasta and sprinkle salt, pepper and cheese to taste.

Sad but okay, we ate in the new silence of the house; thinking about dad and enjoying a quiet supper on a cold evening in March.

He will be missed.


7 comments on “Quiet Supper

  1. michael says:

    As everyone knows by now that reads this blog. I am meat and potatoes guy, but I must say that this was truly one of the finest dishes I have had the opportunity to enjoy.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to my wife. May her inspired cooking and Cabinet Stews continue to help her through the loss of her great father.

  2. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with your family.

  3. I am so sorry about your dad. How great that you were there to help put a good meal on the table for your mom.

    Food is love…

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