Father-Son Cookbook

My very 2nd Daisybrain post, written in September, 2009, was Father-Son Cookbook. It was my first real post, since the one preceding it was just an announcement that I was starting this blog. It was a short post about how rude a publisher was when they rejected my father-son cookbook idea. Back then, the cookbook was just a loose compilation of letters, emails and recipes. But I am thrilled to my toes to announce that I have just completed putting the cookbook together. It’s now called, “Father-Son Cookbook: A 25 Year Correspondence.”

The book is a chronological collection of messages and recipes that my father and I sent back and forth to each other. And 25 years ago, when this all began, my father was about the age I am now.

The recipes are all original, and some are admittedly unusual. In celebration of the completion of this phase of the project, and in anticipation of having a smart publisher snatch this book up, I am presenting you with the very last recipe of the cookbook, and a staple at our house:


Veggie Dinner Wrap

  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • tortilla wraps
  • protein – we use fake chicken strips, but you could use tofu cubes….
  • cooking oil

Any combination of the following:

  • 1 yellow squash, sliced into medallions
  • 1 green pepper, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • about 1/3 head of broccoli
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced into medallions
  • 1/2 head cauliflower


  • 1/2 cup Vegenaise or other mayo-type dressing
  • 1/4 cup mustard
  1. Sauté whatever combination of vegetables you desire from the 2nd half of the ingredients list, along with the protein (fake chicken strips) and the onion and garlic. Stir frequently.
  2. While that’s cooking, mix up the sauce with a fork in a small bowl: Vegenaise (or other mayonnaise-type stuff) and mustard. Taste it. It should be super delicious. If not, add a little of one or other of the two ingredients until it’s just right.
  3. After about 7 or 8 minutes, when the onion is no longer raw, remove from heat and assemble the wraps: Lay out the a tortilla, place a couple heaping spoonfuls of the veggies in the middle, and drop a dollop of sauce on top. Roll it up like a burrito, i.e. fold the side closest to you over the middle, fold in the left & right sides in over that and then finish rolling it. Either that, or however you’re used to making or burrito. Or improvise. Who cares? It’s really delicious.

And now for something completely similar… another Daisybrain recipe!



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