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Cooking Therapy

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Although the loss of a loved one is a universal experience, individuals who experience this loss grieve in different ways. Cooking and mealtimes are often overlooked aspects of grief and daily activities such as eating, meal planning, and grocery shopping can become painful and isolating. 

Introducing Cooking Therapy, a collection of our favorite recipes that's easy to make at home. Cooking empowers individuals to express their grief in healthy, rational, and positive ways. 

If the thought of cooking for one has been weighing you down, then read through some of these amazing recipes shared by our staff here at Roupp Funeral Home and others that have went through exactly what you're experiencing right now.




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1 acorn squash, cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed

½ tsp salt

1 Tbsp brown sugar, sucanat, or coconut sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

Two pats of unsalted butter or ghee (clarified butter)

1 tsp olive or coconut oil

About 1 1/2C. Milk or milk alternative such as coconut

or almond milk


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 

Combine salt, sugar, and spices and rub the bowl of each squash half to coat. Use the olive or coconut oil to coat the cut edge of each squash so it doesn’t dry out while baking.

Place two canning jar rings on a sheet pan. These will balance the squash so they don’t tip and spill. Fill acorn squash halves with milk to level. Bake for forty minutes or until fork tender and golden on top.

Remove to a bowl for serving. Sprinkle with a touch more cinnamon if desired. Eat with a spoon by scooping out the insides and retaining the skin as the bowl.

Recipe recommended by: Vanessa Devett


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1 Pie Pastry

2 cups sliced pears - (1 1/2 to 2 pears)

2 cups fresh cranberries

2/3 cup sugar

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 1/2 Tbsp flour

Crumb Top:

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

4 Tbsp butter


Line 9 inch pie pan with pastry.

Mix sliced pears, cranberries, sugar, flour and lemon juice. Add to pie pastry. Bake at 400 ‘ for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix Crumb Top ingredients in large bowl.

Remove pie from oven and spread Crumb Top over pie filling.

Return pie to oven and bake at 375’ for 30 minutes.

Recipe recommended by our Pi Day Giveaway Winner: Gayle Pepper

Do you have a recipe you LOVE and want to share? Email the recipe to Hannah at 

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