Most of my talent in the kitchen, I’ve attributed to my dad.
He’s always been very experimental with recipes, usually never even using them. My dad would still manage to come up with interesting and delicious dishes that he’d dream up all from his own head. My mom took a home movie of my sisters and I in 1987 when we were just tiny little kids, and there’s a bit where my dad is talking to my mom about some recipe he’d devised, something that I recall including a blender and cream cheese. The beginning of the conversation was cut off while recording so I’ve never known what it was that he’d made. I’m sure it was awesome. He’s known in the family for making a mean apple pie, and has been known to make several of these pies, often containing bourbon and raisins, for Thanksgiving’s past.
My parents divorced when I was young, and my sisters and I spent every childhood summer with him and our stepmom at their house. Most of those summertime memories I have of my dad are ones of him coming home late in the evening after many hours of hard work. He was self employed for all of my childhood, and worked long, hard hours to make a living. No matter how many hours he worked, and how tired he was, he always had a smile and a warm hug and often a silly joke of some kind. Whenever I hear the song “Strangers in The Night”, I can’t help but think of my dad. He’d always sing “Scooby dooby doo…” to the tune of that song and it always makes me smile.
My dad’s always been in quite good health. Recently, however, he was feeling quite ill and after some back-and-forth with different doctors, it turns out that he is suffering from testicular cancer. It is very treatable, even in stage 3 which is where he’s at now. He does have insurance, but insurance will not cover his lost wages while undergoing chemo for the next few months. Basic living expenses will be hard to come by, and I know he would appreciate any help he can get. My dad has set up a site to accept donations (Rick’s Overcoming Cancer Fund) as well as a blog to chart his progress (My Battle With Cancer), soon to include more photos and video as he undergoes treatment. His chemo will begin sometime this week, and he is a strong man and will hopefully make it through in good shape.
To anyone who follows and enjoys my blog and the recipes I’ve come up with, I don’t think any of it would have been possible without the creativity my dad has instilled in me. I would greatly appreciate any help y’all would be willing to give to my dad, and I know he would appreciate it too! Please donate if you can, or follow his blog.