Apologies for my absence

I’m so sorry I’ve been gone so long. I promise I’ll get back to food posts soon, but it’s been a while since I’ve hit the kitchen in any significant way.

I’ve mentioned that I traveled with my sisters to Portland, Oregon in early September. In preparation for that trip, I went shopping for a comfortable pair of walking shoes. I couldn’t find a pair that was comfortable to try on, not even athletic shoes. I made an appointment with our orthopedic surgeon.

He told me that yes indeed, I had bunions and my other bones were starting to shift. If I had surgery soon, I could have both feet fixed at once. I live in Wisconsin; we specialize in large quantities of snow over many months. So just over two weeks ago, I had my bunions removed, my metatarsals rearranged, and the whole shebang held together with absorbable pins. And I walked out of surgery on crutches the same afternoon.

I spent the vast majority of the first week on the couch with my feet on a stack of cushions, eating canned soup, Thomas’ fantastic chili, and some darned tasty Italian hot beef that our friends Laurie and Tom very kindly sent over.

After a week, and despite all the delicious food, I missed cooking. Following a tip from my sister Jul, who’d had bunion surgery a year before, I had Thomas set a bar stool next to the stove and gather a few items from the pantry. Then, with my feet propped up on an open kitchen drawer, I made a big batch of pasta with chickpeas and spinach, substituting orzo for the soba noodles.

Since then, I’ve been easing back onto my feet and into the kitchen. I promise to get back to my weekly posts. I’ll work in some cooking around the shoe shopping.

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About Rivertree kitchen

I am a freelance editor with a specialty in cookbook editing. I've written two small cookbooks (50 Best Sundaes and 50 Best Cookies) and am currently finishing a collection of my own recipes from soup (Sweet Potato-Pear) to nuts (Spicy Almonds). Despite my immersion in recipes, my favorite way to cook is to see what's in the fridge and wing it. I live with my husband, son and dog in rural Wisconsin. Husband (Tom) and son (Luke) are talented cooks themselves; the dogs (Cleo and Libby) not so much. But they're young yet. All the photographs in this blog are my own creations. I'm a neophyte in the world of food photography (as if you couldn't tell), but I still claim blushing ownership of the pix you see here. If you want to reprint them (I can't imagine why), please give credit, if for no other reason than to pass on the blame.
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