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.