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Cooking For A New Family


Ben's sister gave birth to a lovely little Spanish-American monkey of a boy two days ago, at least as far as we could tell from the blissed-out sound of her voice and the blurry images of an adorable wee baby face on the webcam. We're counting the days (hours! minutes!) until we get to snuggle little Francisco (nickname: Kiko! Are you dying from the cuteness? I think I might be already dead.) and in the meantime I'm trying to come up with ways to be useful.

What I mean is, what shall we bring them to eat?

So far, I've decided on a pot of jam, a jar of homemade zucchini pickles, and a batch of meat ragu for their freezer. But then I started to get sidetracked (I've never made a tuna fish casserole! It scares me. And how well does bean soup freeze? And while we're asking questions, do chocolate chip cookies aide breastfeeding?) so I thought I'd put the question to you all.

Tell me, dear readers who were once the wide-eyed and sleepy  parents of a newborn: what shall we bring this new family to keep them (mostly) out of the kitchen and fed while they spend these first weeks doing nothing else but changing diapers and contemplating the beauty of their little boy?

This proud almost-aunt thanks you.

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Oh right, I knew there was something I was forgetting, the redesign! Yes, I finally got around to cleaning things up around here. I hope you like it. I'm still settling in, feeling my way around. But I think it's a good change and I hope you agree.