A 2000 Post That Will Come in Handy This Winter

I was looking at the Yahoo!group that I belong to, the LRY Online Reunion.  (For those of you not in the know, LRY stands for Liberal Religious Youth, the youth organization of the Unitarian Universalist Church.  I was quite active from ages 16-22 on both a local, regional, and national level.)

In 2000, Steph and I were quite ill with pneumonia.  (I had walking pneumonia, and my doctor considered hospitalizing me, but didn’t because the hospital was already overflowing out the windows with pneumonia patients, and we’d all cross-infect one another.)

I cooked up a cure 100% accidentally.  Below is what I posted on Independence Day 2000.

Those of you who have known me well know that I am hardly a wizard
in the kitchen. Chef Boyardee, ramen noodles, toast, and macaroni and
cheese pretty much total my culinary ability. You also know that I am an
unapologetic carnivore (as a bumper sticker I saw says, IF GOD DIDN’T MEAN
Many of you are aware that Steph and I have been swapping
pneumonia bugs back and forth since May. Steph is *finally* back at work,
and I am in the end stages of my battle with an upper respiratory
infection. My M.D. prescribed several antibiotics, so I have to start my
day with a handful of pills that would make Elvis Presley shudder, but I’m
back at work and feeling better daily.
While I was caring for Steph, she talked me through making soup
out of the previous night’s roast. One mug of it, and she caught her
second and third wind, and was out of bed and 90% recovered. It worked
miracles for my situation as well.
So I thought I’d share it with everyone, and send antibiotic
thoughts your way. Fortunately, I jotted the recipe down in my journal
after the meal, so I can brew up another pot if (God forbid!) sickness
comes our way again.

2 cups of beef broth
32 oz. of diced tomatoes
1 palmful of Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
2 potatoes (chopped)
1 medium-sized onion (diced)
1 cup of baby carrots

Cook on LOW in Crock-Pot for 6 hours, and cook on HIGH for
the last hour, when you add 1/2 lb. of ridged macaroni elbows (Mueller’s
is my personal favorite.)

Health to all,

“I have lived some 30 years on this planet, and I have yet to hear one
piece of valuable or even earnest advice from my seniors.” –THOREAU


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