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Western Pennsylvania Mensa presents.... Scrumptious Supper-In Under 10 Miles!

By Chris Sartori

Our van is now an official "roach coach." Believe it or not, I cooked a meal in the mini-van. Monday is our hectic day, because we're out of the house from 3:45 to 5:45, thanks to ballet lessons. Therefore, if we want to sit down to a home cooked meal at 6:00, I have to be creative.

It was pretty simple, actually. All I had to do was use some of the van's energy to cook our food. Roast chicken was on the menu for that night so I wrapped a nice size bird in foil and set it on the manifold. Then I strategically placed some potatoes around the engine block. By the time I pulled into Ballet Baroque, our dinner was half cooked.

I ran the girls up to the studio, then threw the Jell-O salad together in the parking lot. The recipe was that yummy one with marshmallows, strawberries, and red Jell-O. Where did I get the one-cup of hot water you ask? Easy-I just duct taped a sun tea jar to the roof rack. Drive a few miles in July and there you have it, hot water at your service. The cup of cold water came from the cooler we keep in the back of the van. You may wonder why we keep a cooler with ice in our van. Well, that's so when I pick up milk and hot dogs at Shop 'n Save, they don't spoil by the time I get home from running other errands (sometimes I'm very disorganized). Anyhow, I put the Jell-O in the ice chest so it would be set by dinnertime.

Next, I threw some frozen peas and carrots into the sun tea jar and headed for K-Mart. I made sure I parked facing south in order to get full solar power to steam those vegetables. K-Mart was having a sale I just couldn't miss--Metamucil was buy one, get one free. I ran into my chiropractor there. He said I should get more exercise to relieve stress. Honestly, people feel free to say anything when they see you carrying around six containers of Metamucil.

I pulled into the ballet school, as the girls were finishing. Driving back home, my older daughter asked, "Yum, what's that delicious smell?" I was so happy-just couldn't wait to sink my teeth into that Ala Car meal. We met my husband in the driveway and everyone helped carry dinner to the table. The roast chicken and potatoes were a big hit. They were perfectly seasoned with salt, rosemary, and just a hint of Kendall Motor Oil. The girls had seconds on the Jell-O Salad and even ate all of their veggies.

I would definitely have to call that one of my more successful meals. Now, if I could just figure out how to wash dishes on our drive to the pool….

Reprinted from the July 1999 issue of -->THE PHOENIX,
the monthly newsletter of Western Pennsylvania Mensa,
Tamara Wardell, editor.   Reprinted with permission.

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