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The Jewish holiday of Shavous starts on Saturday night, which means I need to be ready for the holiday before Shabbos. It’s traditional to have dairy products, and in the past I’ve made a lot of quiches and baked pasta dishes containing veggies along with cheese, and tomato sauce in at least one of them. Since my dairy intake is supposed to be very limited, and I’m not supposed to have tomatoes, I normally “cheat” for Shavous, in order to make delicious meals we can all enjoy. Well, that most of us can enjoy, since Jack doesn’t really like cooked vegetables mixed into his hot foods.
This year both girls are going to a friend’s house for the holiday, and clearly Ben won’t be joining us this year. All the holidays are going to be a bit strange this year. It’s just going to be me and Jack for the holiday. I have never before planned an entire holiday menu for just two people! As newlyweds, Ben and I went out for all of our holiday meals. We went out for the daytime meals when we had one or two babies. By the time I was cooking full holiday meals at home, I had 2 children with definite likes and dislikes. In the past few years, I’ve had at least 2 adolescents at home, plus Ben for several of the meals, plus the kids often had overnight guests. The house has been busy and crowded!
Since I’m only cooking for two this year, I asked Jack what he wanted for the holiday meals. He told me “cheesecake.” I assured him I planned to bake cheesecake, but he needed to eat something else besides that, and he said “cheesy rice.” That’s just rice with cheese melted into it. I can do that.
I’ve been having a very rough time lately with seasonal allergies, and this is NOT the time for me to cheat on my diet. Dairy is especially bad for me when my allergies are acting up. Frankly, I’d be happy with salad and fish for every meal, maybe with some egg salad and quiche for variety. I can skip the cheese in the quiche if I’m the only one eating it, and cook the mushrooms and onions in butter to give it that dairy flavor.
This does NOT need to be complicated. I’m going to make simple foods that each of us enjoys, relax, and enjoy the holiday.