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Aging Parents - The Fall 
Apr. 27, 2009 8:19 am 
Updated: Apr. 28, 2009 1:12 pm
My 84 year old father-in-law visits from Chicago about three times a year.  We love having him.  He’s got quick wit, a ready laugh, and is my favorite Scrabble buddy. He fits right into our family style, seamlessly. I call him PopPop, and he arrived last week.
PopPop’s got my house to himself during the weekdays - that’s when he gets the crossword puzzles done (daily Seattle Times, Mon - Thurs NY Times), talks to the dog, and takes his naps.  We all look forward to the weekends, when we can really spend time together.  He’s an engineer and loves to help with projects around the house (and play Scrabble with me). 
Last Saturday, he was “supervising” a gardening project in the front yard.  It was a beautiful day, the yard was shaping up, and all was good.  Then it happened.  He was on the front stoop, turned to face the door, and fell backwards down the steps…..  OMG, I was petrified.  I couldn’t even look!  84 years old and a fall down the steps means….broken hip, right??
Well, I’m happy to say that that guy is built like a rock.  No, I take that back, he’s built like a 250 pound boulder!  84 years old, a fall backwards down concrete steps, and just a gash on his hand.  Unbelievable!
So, a quick trip to the emergency room and he emerges with 6 stitches.  He’s made fast friends with the nurses and doctor, is joking about all of the sympathy he’s going to get because of his injury, and can’t restrain himself from giving the  “thumbs up” sign with his big bandaged thumb, over and overJ.  He’s fine.
I’m so glad that all worked out well, but I can’t help but think about what might have happened.  We all gave him a couple of extra hugs that night, played an extra game of Scrabble, and I started on his favorite dinner because -- that’s what I do. 
Pop Pop’s Favorite Barbeque Ribs – serves 6
3 full racks ribs
Your favorite barbecue sauce
Coat the ribs generously with the spice rub mixture, being sure to rub both sides of the meat.  Wrap well and refrigerate overnight.
The next day, preheat oven to 300 degrees F.  Place the spice rubbed ribs on a rack in a large roasting pan.  Pour about 1 inch of water in the bottom of the pan; cover tightly with aluminum foil.  Cook ribs for approximately 2 hours in the preheated oven, or until the rib bones are just slightly loose from the meat when a bone is jiggled. The ribs are now cooked and ready for the barbeque.  They can be finished on the grill right away, or cooled, well wrapped, and refrigerated for up to 2 days before continuing.
Preheat grill to 300 degrees.  Place ribs on grill and coat well with barbeque sauce.  Grill ribs until they are hot, slightly charred, and the sauce has glazed, about 15 minutes. 
rib dinner
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Apr. 27, 2009 8:52 am
Glad PopPop didn't get too hurt. My new thing is cooking ribs. Well, I've only done it twice but according to the recipients they have been very good. Next time I'll try these ones. Thanks.
Apr. 27, 2009 7:39 pm
Ribs, ribs, they're all good. Hope you like these, Mattsbelly!! We're glad PopPop's ok too!!
Apr. 28, 2009 1:12 pm
That PopPop of yours is one sturdy fellow! And it sounds like you're very fond of him. How lucky you both are. Thanks for the rib recipe...I'm going to give it a try!
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I recently returned to work full time and -- life's gotten pretty hectic. I have 2 really busy (and really hungry) teenage girls, a very active husband and an old yellow lab who really misses having me around the house. I love to cook and feel that sitting down to a meal with the family is really important. Unfortunately, I don't have the time or, frankly, the energy, to put a lot of work into meals every night. I'm determined to figure out how to get a delicious and healthy family dinner on the table with a minimum of fuss. As I figure it out, I'll post on my blog.
My favorite things to cook
I went to culinary school, taught cooking classes and read cookbooks for entertainment. Do we eat a gourmet meal every night? No way. Weeknight meals are quick and easy and, usually, nutritious. Weekends are when I have fun with my food. My weekend favorites: anything Greek, anything Italian, breads, soups and braises. I like trying new foods and techniques and love to have dinner parties.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Dolmathes (Greek rolled grape leaves) for birthdays, gnocci for Christmas Eve, pitzelle cookies with my Italian pitzelle iron, jack-o-lantern cake for Halloween and avgolemono soup for whoever is in need of comfort.
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