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Chutz
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   Posted 4/22/2009 10:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Most of us do cook meals, at least now and then...lol But it can be painful to stand at the stove or sink preparing the meal. Do you have any tips, hints, or tools that can help ease the pain of cooking?

One thing I have started to do it prepare things on a tray sitting down...and sometimes hubby helps too. I take a tray, cover it with paper towels and then pile on the work. Things like pealing potatoes, preparing veggies or even making a salad can be done from the comfort of my recliner. It makes a huge difference in my pain level by the time supper is ready.

Anyone else have ideas?
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PAlady
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   Posted 4/22/2009 10:08 PM (GMT -7)   
hmmm...

I am looking forward to getting my gas grill going, as that requires less cleaning, and I can do it all standing up. It's interesting you mention this, as I've found since my fusion surgery I've changed the way I cook - and not for the good - in part because I have to bend over to reach the broiler if I want to cook a piece of meat the way I like it. I've been eating way too much fast food and M&M's lately!

I'll be waiting to see what other suggestions people have!

PaLady

White Beard
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   Posted 4/22/2009 10:42 PM (GMT -7)   
PALady I cook out on the grill year round I keep the grill in the garage ( it has wheels on one end) even in the winter, I shovel a spot in the snow in front of the Garage and wheel the grill out and fire it up, On Christmas Eve I alway grill either Ribeye's or Tbone's on the grill as I have a family tradition, grilled steaks by Candle light for Christmas eve supper! People drive by an honk their horn at me because I am cooking out on the grill and it can be zero and snow and it makes no difference! When I was stationed up near Fairbanks Alaska I had an extra long propane tank hose and I kept the propane tank inside the house because at 30 below zero left out side propane doesn't vaporize very well, so to cook out using the gas grill up there in the winter time you had to keep the propane tank warm! Yes I grilled steaks Christmas eve at 27 below zero out side on the grill!   wink    PALady what is your favorite fast food?

Chutzie I often sit on a bar stool when I am fixing vegetables or what ever for dinner! I do allot of the cooking and I find that standing and doing things with my arms out is a really killer for me, I not only have problems with my hands and arms, but I get pain in the mid section of my back and it is like a squeezing sensation between my lower ribs and my hips. By sitting down and leaning slightly forward this pain goes away! And by doing this I can hold my arms in closer to my body and and I get better use with them! To be honest I have never thought about using a tray and working on fixing stuff in my recliner, I will have to try that, as when I am hurting really bad I will often eat my meals while in the recliner.

White Beard


  I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV

Post Edited (White Beard) : 4/22/2009 11:45:51 PM (GMT-6)


PAlady
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   Posted 4/22/2009 11:33 PM (GMT -7)   
White Beard,
I wish I had a garage. I'd do the same thing! My cousin grills year round the same way. Course they also do the fried turkey thing at the holidays, along with all the traditional stuff. But all I have is a deck that's open to the elements, so around November I cover things up, and would probably have started things up earlier, but it's a major task for me getting it all hooked up, getting the propane, etc.

My favorite fast foo? Well, at the moment I would have to say french fries! smhair
Bad girl, I know!! devil But there's a great 50's style drive in that makes the best curly fries and burgers and they open in May! Oh, and I love vinegar on my fries! Ok, now you all are learning all my bad habits. I was eating so well for several years, and I know my shift has been purely emotional eating to compensate for all the losses in my life, but enough of that!

W.B. - I'm coming to your place on Christmas Eve!! smilewinkgrin

PaLady turn
Chutzie I think what you're learning is go out or have White Beard do the cooking!

Becoming undone
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   Posted 4/23/2009 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I have fallen in love with my slow cooker...start in in the morning...have dinner for 2 or more nights...just throw everything in...(frozen veggies already chopped...a meat such as chicken or beef...broth that come in the box...and spices...) It is just my husband and I...and the small one works great...If you had a bigger family, you'd probably have to use the larger one...
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TroubleMaker
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   Posted 4/23/2009 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   

I'm lucky hubby does most of the cooking for me.  When I do cook I have a stool I sit at or I take what ever I'm cutting or pealing to the living room and sit on the couch... do a littlel and go sit... what a wonderful life LOL

Trouble


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White Beard
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   Posted 4/23/2009 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
PALady
Christmas Eve I alway fry mushrooms and onions in butter to put on the grilled steaks and serve with a Baked Potato and toss salad then turn off all the lights except the christmas lights and then light the candles on the table, and dinner is served, I will be expecting you Christmas eve! wink
White Beard
  I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


PAlady
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   Posted 4/23/2009 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
White Beard,
You're making my mouth water!! And I wouldn't be surprised if you end up with a lot more company than you think! smilewinkgrin

turn turn turn

PaLady

White Beard
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   Posted 4/23/2009 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
PALady
I made a Pot roast the other night and I also put some beef short ribs in with the chuck roast, with all the carrots, onions, celery, and potatoes ( made a good supper) and then I took the roasted short ribs and the left over chuck roast and the next day I put them in a slow cooker and let them slow cook all day made a nice big container full of rich tasty beef broth and then I deboned the short ribs and took the fat off all the meat, and cut the beef up into bite size pieces and put in my noodles and then that night it was" beef 'n' noodles" for supper! actually it will be supper for the next few nights!

I like to cook and before this divorce thing I used to get up and make my wifes lunch for her to take to work and then I always made supper and had it ready for when she came home from work. I still do make supper, and I usually make more than enough but I never know if she will be around for to eat or not so I eat and put the rest in the frig, if she happens to come home when it's ready(not all that often anymore) and if she likes what I fixed, she will eat, other wise she will fix her own, or if she is late she might reheat what I fixed! We do talk some but not much, and it is light and superficial conversation it makes for a very strange supper time! We are not enemies, but we are not very close friends either! It used to be when she was late coming home from work, which got to be pretty often, I would ask why she was late, didn't usually get a truthful answer, but I could ask. But now even though we are still legally married we do not ask eash other any questions and there is no explanations needed on where ones been! I will be glad when all this is over!

Sorry of getting off track Anyway our local grocery had a sale on canned pineaple, all types, 78 cents a can, so I stocked up, and tomorrow I take the cans of pineaple tidbits and I will make pineapple pie! Another one of my favorites! I am cheating though, it is to much work making the pie dough, and right now with my neck I am not up to it! So I brought some premade pie dough it is all rolled out and evereything all you do is unfold it put it in the pie pans! The dough isn't as good as my recipe for pie dough is, but...... it is a Pain Saver!

White Beard
  I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


PAlady
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   Posted 4/23/2009 10:03 PM (GMT -7)   
White Beard,
Don't worry - we all get off track here! I am sorry about your divorce, but will sidestep that topic for your benefit. It has to be hard.

As far as food. though, I think the rest of us all should have you come to our places and cook for us - or we'll just all come there! How about it Chutzie, Becoming, Trouble & anyone else?

I still owe my cousin a pumpkin pie. I used to make them all the time for the holidays, but you're right making the crust is a lot of work. He plowed my snow for me a few times and won't take money, so I should do the pumpkin pie before it gets too warm. In the summer I make a mean blueberry pie!

PaLady

White Beard
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   Posted 4/23/2009 11:10 PM (GMT -7)   

PALady

My mother used to say you can only make Pumkin Pie in the "R" months ( any month that has an "R" in it, September April, but not May or June) Anyway she said that before they had refrigeration you couldn't make pumkin pie because it would spoil, but most of the time the months with an "R" in it, is cool enough that Pumkin Pie is OK,The months with out and "R" are to warm! So it looks like you only have a few more days left to get that pie made smilewinkgrin   Oh! Oh! Oh! I do love Blueberry Pie! mmmmmm! I don't care for Cherry pie though, my top three fruit pies are Peach, Blueberry, Pineaple. Then Apple Dumplins! And of course Pecan Pie but only if it has Pecan all the way thru it to the very bottom, I don't like just pecans on top and that gel stuff underneath! But the same applies to the fruit pies I like lots and lots of Peaches, and Blueberries, and Pineaple in my pies!

White Beard


  I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV

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