By MATP Staff Member Laura Hall
Typically, when I spent Thanksgiving with family, I am asked to bring either rolls or a pre-made dessert. I love my family, but I think this is their polite way of saying, “thanks, but no thanks” to anything I might actually attempt to cook. Although I have been experimenting more with cooking lately (see my previous blog “Now I’m Cookin’!”) I’m still nervous about contributing anything self-prepared to a big family meal. This year, for a variety of reasons, rather than getting together with family, I will be having a quiet Thanksgiving at home with my boyfriend. We thought this might be the perfect opportunity for us to both try cooking a turkey for the first time with other holiday fixings.
The idea of cooking a smaller Thanksgiving meal hasn’t really lessened my anxiety, (after all, I still could poison my boyfriend) but I am determined to approach this challenge with a plan (and a backup plan…pizza). I have been gathering ideas for assistive technology I can use to prepare the meal from a webinar that the Michigan Assistive Technology Program (MATP) held called Tools for Independence: Holiday Cooking. The webinar, facilitated by Joanne Feutz and Renee Thompson of Disability Advocates of Kent County, features AT for all aspects of holiday cooking, from preparing the meal to serving it. They give invaluable tips for thinking about your kitchen layout, energy conservation, and devices you can use to make the job easier.
For example, I learned that it is much easier to peel potatoes after they are cooked, and that tools, like a right angle knife, already exist to relieve stress on your muscles and joints. If you’re a person with a disability, someone who is looking to create better access for a family member at the dinner table, or even just curious about ways to lighten your load this Thanksgiving, I encourage you to check it out.
I’m not sure how my holiday meal will turn out, but I’m glad to know that there is AT out there to help. What assistive technology do you use for holiday cooking? Have any tips? Please share! Most importantly, have a great Thanksgiving and a wonderful holiday season.Tweet