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Old 01-27-2007, 12:07 PM   #11
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Thanks for the ideas. It is really difficult to cook while I'm at my parents house because my mother is allergic to garlic and is not adventurous at all with food. While my mother is tiny and is trying to gain weight my father is trying to eat healthy and lose some weight. Ugh.... talk about adding stress to the end of the day.

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Old 01-28-2007, 05:39 AM   #12
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abj, my heart goes out to you. I remember one year when I went to "help" my in-laws. It was a lose-lose situation. If I cooked, I was toast. Literally. Not that my food wasn't good, but that I was to blame for my husband being "fat" (which he wasn't ... yes, at 40+ he weighed more than he did at a very, and I might add very, unhealthy, sickly child). So they loved all the food I cooked, but I still was wrong, wrong and more wrong. So just make those nutritionally correct foods and hope for the best. As our parents age they get fussier and fussier about eating. My mom immediately asks what I am cooking for her when I visit. I don't think she really cares much ... her diet is very restrictive, and Dad has become a meat-and-potatoes guy (this from a man who never hesitated to just point at a menu and eat what came out in foreign countries). I think just the fact that you care enough to do it counts the most.

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Old 01-28-2007, 11:04 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Claire
As our parents age they get fussier and fussier about eating. My mom immediately asks what I am cooking for her when I visit. .
claire, i remember my mil, who was a foodie even though the term wasn't invented for her time, became more fussy about her food all the while having more restrictions on her diet due to health problems. it's the worst of both worlds, really.

one thing i've found to be true, as explained by our cardiologist, is that your tastebuds or should i say overall sense of taste ages just like the rest of our body, so older folks can't taste things as well as they used to. often, food tastes bland until it's suddenly over-salted or over-spiced. it's like the range of flavors is diminished.
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Old 01-29-2007, 08:02 AM   #14
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wrap it in crepes with bechamelle sauce and plenty of chopped fresh flat leaved parsley. Delicious!

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