My husband is a great cook. We had friends over for dinner and a board game last night, and he made delicious pizzas – buffalo chicken, thai chicken, cheese (with big slabs of mozzerella), and an apple pie dessert pizza. Often, he looks at the leftovers in the refrigerator and gets inspired to make something new out of something old. He is a true artist.
Quite frequently, Kerry needs assistant chefs to pull off his creations. Beth and Siah are at his side to make sure that all gets finished on time. They have learned tricks of the trade by doing this and, at times, try their own hand in the kitchen. Although not every creation is successful, they have had some delicious outcomes. A great example of this is Beth’s dessert soup which was all the rage at last year’s youth group Soup Off fundraiser.
This afternoon, Kerry prepared a dinner for the youth group and college/career group at church that definitely is not Domino’s pizza! He put together a dirty rice dish with chicken sausage to accompany deep fried seasoned turkeys. Beth offered herself as an assistant. Before she knew what she had agreed to do, she started massaging and rubbing the turkey with seasonings and oils that are sure to make it flavorful. I had no idea what was going on in the kitchen, but I heard shrieks and hollers…within seconds, Kerry instructed me to get my camera so that I would have an awesome picture and story for today’s blog. I think somewhere between saying, “Dad, I can help….” and putting on an apron, Beth realized that helping meant touching the dead animal. She actually started talking to the turkey and walking herself through what she was doing.
Sunday afternoons tend to be filled with family moments. While the cooking is going on in the background, there is also a competitive board game set up on the dining room table. However, because of the contemporary worship service at church tonight and Siah’s commitment to assist that required him to be there early, our board game is currently on hold…most likely to be picked up tomorrow. I would like to be able to say that I am currently in the winning position; however, even if that were true, it would not last long.
These are the types of days for which I am thankful and that I look forward to enjoying as much as possible.