Friday, January 22, 2010

Of Mushrooms and Heros

Lisbeth's new big cuts! Wow! I love these! I'm surprised that she chose this page from a newspaper to cut from! So different for her! So bold and abstract! The work of Robert Indiana comes to mind. Lisbeth told me that these cuts are mushrooms. Yes! See them?? They are in the cutouts and the openings! She went on to say, Like Brother Eben's favorite supper. I must pause here to tell you that Lisbeth prefixes all four of her siblings' names with brother and sister. Very 18th century. We know not why. We are not Amish, or Shakers, nor do we live in some weird religious cult. This is just one more example of Lisbeth's endearing Lis-ism's. And sometimes the prefix includes BIG, as in Big Brother Eben...

Here is Lisbeth in 1987, before she became ill, with Big Brother Andy, left, and Big Brother Eben, right. For the record, these big brothers can do no wrong. They are Lisbeth's heros. She often has dreams in which Big Brother Eben and/or Big Brother Andy come to the rescue - killing snakes, wrestling bears, or chasing off bad guys...
But back now to Brother Eben's Favorite Supper. This is a family joke, because this is actually not Eben's favorite supper, but it is stuck in Lisbeth's brain (a Lis-ism) that this IS INDEED Eben's favorite supper. Yes! Yes! You do know, it, Mom! It's left in my brain!
We do not argue this point.
So, without further ado, here's the recipe for (drumroll.....)
Brother Eben's Favorite Supper!
In a large skillet, brown 1 lb of ground beef with one small chopped onion. Pour off grease. Add to skillet 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1 soupcan of milk, 1 8 oz pkg of cream cheese, 1 can of corn, and S&P to taste. Simmer gently for 15 minutes. Serve over egg noodles.

Big Brother Eben today. He is a history professor at SMCC in South Portland, is married to a wonderful woman named Tracey, and they have two sweet children, Cecilia and Calvin.


  1. Wow! those are some very different cut out designs! Funny about Eben and the mushrooms--one teeny little can of cream of mushroom soup, in a recipe he never has, or hardly ever! Tracey do you have this one? Better write it down!

  2. Ha Ha! Funny way of it! I do believe that T has the recipe! This is a recipe that Linda Arendt first made for me YEARS ago when we lived in Sanford after I had one of the kids - probably Kaitlyn, now that I think of it. It was a Meals on Wheels dish (we all did meals for each other after having our babies, my old girlfriends back then) and she called it Plantation Supper. Her infamously thrifty (see tightwad) husband Randall considered this recipe an extravagance because it included TWO proteins - the hamburger AND the cream cheese...

  3. Martha and Lisbeth!

    I love the look of these! Using newspaper ads is so clever!

    Eye-popping for sure!