Monday, May 26, 2008

If you have a baby, I will bring you food.

This morning I made tomato-basil soup (with optional crumbled gorgonzola embellishment), a salad (with optional lemon dressing, toasted almonds, and chopped dried apricot embellishments); then I cut up a pineapple, and baked two baguettes and two dozen lemon madeleines. All before 10:30 a.m. This was to take over to the historian's son and his wife and their three little girls, one of whom is a twelve-day-old infant, and doing very well, thank you.

This leads me to ponder my history as a person who brought food to people who had babies. In my former life, I used to be in charge of arranging meals, etc., for people who were ill or who were indisposed, which for all practical purposes, since my congregation was filled with young procreating couples, meant bringing food to families with a new baby in the mix. I developed a kind of routine--sometimes I would make a quart of spaghetti sauce, bake a loaf of bread, and bring those two things with some dry pasta to the family. If they didn't want to eat it that night, they could freeze it and eat it another day, perhaps a bad day, when everything went wrong: on such a day, having bread and spaghetti sauce in the freezer could be a little good thing.

I was kind of proud of today's production. Maybe it's a little controlling to make the dressing for someone else's salad, but it was fun to do it. And now, I am prepared to extend this offer to any of my readers: if you have a baby, I will bring you dinner. I will package it in appropriate containers, suitable for freezing. I will bring it to your house in a reusable shopping bag, and you just have to let me hold your baby for a little while. That's fair, right?


  1. Lisa,
    I know what an amazing cook you are and I don't think I have ever been so excited to see a post! That being said, meal not required, you would be welcome to hold our baby any time when he comes (though we would have to discuss ways to lure our dear Scottish gal back because I miss her so).
    Hope all is well!

  2. I'm not planning on having a baby, but could I get some food service anyway? It's like Lisa's catering. But what if I produce something? Anything? Like a poem? Maybe I could just get the soup and bread? Or dessert? How about dessert?

  3. I think fondly of the food you cooked for me on the arrival of both my babies, avocado sandwiches with sliced peppers, wonderful dressing, salad no delicious bread. Also, amazing quesedillas. And more. People, the babies are worth it for the meals, I am telling you.

  4. I am 52. But I will figure out how to have a baby. Today even.

  5. um...i technically have a baby...can i have some of mama's home cookin????
    :D love you and your food!

  6. I'm getting knocked up ASAP. My mother will hate you, but being well fed is far more important.

  7. I only have an almost-three year-old but she might let you hold her like a baby for some freshly baked bread...

  8. I got food for almost a month straight although not as grand as this meal.

  9. I'm reversing the vasectomy today.



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