Kristine Papas Fontana loved to cook, so it's only fitting that the Lake Bluff mom is being remembered in a new cookbook. It's called "Cookbook For The Cure," and was written and compiled by Madeline Yih, who's just 13 years old and the daughter of a close family friend. The author will donate 100% of the cookbook's proceeds to the Musella Foundation, which supports clinical trials for brain cancer patients.
That's two great things about the book--it commemorates Kristine and supports research for the disease that claimed her life just over a year ago. Another great thing about the book is that the recipes are healthy and easy to prepare, and they're designed for busy families--in fact many were submitted by Madeline's friends and family members who are all busy people. Madeline is an 8th grader at Boulder Country Day School in Colorado and is the daughter of Laura Rapp Yih, who grew up in Lake Forest with Kristine's sister Andrea (Papas) Cutting. When assigned a year-long school project, Madeline chose to create a cookbook because she loves to cook, she loves Kristine and she wanted to raise money for brain cancer research and raise awareness about the disease.
Here's what the cookbook jacket says about Kristine:
"One month after giving birth to her third child in August of 2004, Kristine Papas Fontana was diagnosed with the most deadly form of brain cancer, glioblastoma multiformae. Instead of throwing in the towel and accepting the doctors’ initial prognosis of nine months to a year to live, Kristine decided to live her life to the fullest. She took all the drugs and radiation in stride and supplemented her well being by introducing yoga and healthier eating to her regime. Kristine had always liked to cook, her family referred to her as “Susie homemaker” from an early age. With European roots on both sides of her family, food had always been a focal point of family gatherings over the years. Kristine loved to share and receive new recipes and enjoyed teaching her two young daughters to cook. As Kristine’s battle intensified in the last days of 2008, her family tried to comfort her with some of her favorite foods; good food is medicine for soul. They hope these recipes will warm you down to your soul!"
Many of the recipes in "Cookbook For The Cure" are simple, but Madeline also included some that are more advanced. She separated the meals into sections, including beverages, soups/salads, appetizers, main dishes and desserts. The book costs just $10 and you can order it on the Musella Foundation's website at www.virtualtrials.com/cookbook. For more info, send an e-mail to Madeline at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's a sample of what the cookbook has to offer--it's a simple recipe that comes from Madeline's grandmother:
4 lean pork chops, 1” thick
4 thin onion slices 4 thin lemon slices
¼ cup brown sugar – packed
¼ cup ketchup Salt and pepper
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Season chops well with salt and pepper. Place in 13x9” pan.
Top each pork chop with slice of onion and lemon slice,
1 T. brown sugar, and 1 T ketchup.
Cover and bake for 1 hour.
Uncover and bake 45 minutes longer, basting occasionally.
Serves 4 and is wonderful with baked potatoes and veggie.