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I had to take it easy last week.  

So this week's topic is how to cook when you have only 1 hand and not a whole heck of a lot of help.

It all started when Sunday-we had a lot of errands, which entailed a lot of shopping.  Our freezer was bare, so hubby picked out the usual proteins for the shelves at Costco.

This meant that I had to weigh, cut and package quite a bit of stuff and get the laundry done.  Well, 6 loads and 2 hours of packaging later (I'll through the 2 sink full of pots, pans and dirty BBQ grill into this), my left arm started throbbing.  Yep, from the rotator cuff, down to my finger tips.

Monday I had a lot of writing to do.  By 11 a.m.-I was typing with one hand and thinking "what can I make for dinner that won't take 2 hands to do?"
The answer:  dinner sausages, asparagus and mushrooms and baked potatoes.  All on the grill.

I made our son take the helm.  Everyone loved it.  Served it with some traditional toppings and salsa.

Tuesday's meal was just as easy.  Again, the grill became my friend (besides, it was 96 at 6 p.m., so we ate outside as well).  This time, it was salmon patties, asparagus and corn.  I had some buns, so my husband and son made a "burger" with those and added spinach and roasted peppers from the fridge.

Wednesday my arm was still not exactly enjoying itself, so I decided on serving a spinach salad.  The one that I've given the recipe for here a couple of times and that was published in Simple and Delicious magazine and a couple of their cookbooks.  I had my son stop at the market and buy a rotisserie chicken and then listened to him moan and groan about cutting it up to put on the top.  While he was there I had him add a loaf of garlic bread to the basket.

By Thursday, I was getting slightly upset that I wasn't able to do much-but come back on Friday and I'll let you know how and what I did to keep resting that "flare" in my arm and still keep everyone's belly full.

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      Lazylola wrote Jul 17, 2009
    • Sounds painful, hope you regain full use of your arm, I was just talking to my aunt about the little things we take for granted. (I just had back surgery on 6/23) I wanted to vaccuum, I can run the vaccuum, but no sooner than I had it out I was quickly reminded that no, I alone cannot do it. I can’t bend over to plug the darn thing...LOL. Frustrating, it is good you have help in running the grill and getting things here and there, I’m sure you would prefer to be able to just get to where you can do it without help. All your goodies sound yummy and I think I just got hungry.

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      Carine Nadel wrote Jul 17, 2009
    • I hear you on the back-take it easy on yourself and have a good recovery

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