Meal-Plan Problems Solved!
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Dear Friends,

This newsletter is typed with a heavy heart and a pit in my stomach. Our beloved dog Cooper had to be put to sleep last week. He has had severe epilepsy for years, and though we’ve been able to manage it with a significant amount of medical care and medications, the condition dramatically worsened in the past few weeks—and we arrived at that terrible moment when you know what the right thing is, and the right thing is to end his suffering.

We are sadder than sad—any of you who have ever lost an adored pet know what we are going through. So amazing that such a small animal could hold such an enormous place in our home and lives. Phoning Jack at college to tell him was the worst call we’ve ever had to make. The absence of the sound of his little feet running down the hall is deafening. Hearing the jingle of another dog’s collar on the street twists my insides.  I have never cried harder than sitting next to Charlie and Gary and holding Cooper while he left us.

And not thinking about what I am going to cook for him in order to help him take his pills with food is so painful. I made sure that I had at least one of his favorite pill-friendly foods in the fridge all the time, and I’m saddened not to be thinking about Cooper’s most-loved dishes as I plan out my family’s week of dinners.

We are all trying to anchor ourselves in the knowledge that he had a wonderful life with us, and that we had a wonderful time with him. And whatever you believe spiritually or religiously, he is in a better place right now—not ill, not hurting, and maybe even running around in a field somewhere.   

So in honor of Cooper, maybe you’ll join me in making one of these dishes this week. And if you have a pup, maybe give him or her a little taste. (If you have thoughts on whether I should have given Cooper any of these people foods—and I never gave him anything that could hurt dogs—could you just keep those thoughts to yourself?  Thank you so, so much.)
Cooper, like his big brother Charlie, was a huge fan of roasted chicken thigh.

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Any soft pulled meat was a big-time a-ok in Cooper’s book. 

Click here for the recipe.
Make extra, and you can have subs later in the week. Cooper liked a good sub sandwich.

Click here for the recipe.
Like everyone else in our family, Cooper had a real thing for Asian flavors. 

Click here for the recipe.
I think it’s become pretty clear that Cooper was not a vegetarian (though he really loved carrots, red peppers, and scrambled eggs).

Click here for the recipe.

We love you Cooper, so much.

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