Special Advice: Cooking for a Cause
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Andrew’s diagnosis, our free time began shifting focus.
Slowly, it was spent less on leisure and more in the “special
needs” world, such as writing this column.
National Fragile X Research Day was celebrated on October 5. In
honor of the day, there are many Fall Fling fundraisers being
held all around the country with one thing in common – proceeds
going to FRAXA Research Foundation to help find a cure for
Fragile X Syndrome.
Mary Beth and Sally Nantais of Wyandotte, Michigan,
affectionately known to each other as “the mom to the north” and
“the mom to the south” decided their lives did not have enough
chaos. Ted and Jerry, their husbands, may disagree. Mary Beth
and Sally decided to organize a FX family cookbook to raise
money and awareness and create something the whole FX family
Food eXtraordinaire is their creation. The project took
many hours, many e-mails and many trips from Grosse Pointe to
Wyandotte (and vice versa). They are happy their cookbook is hot
off the press!
Ted, being in the business of communications, was able to get
the first printing generously donated by Clark Graphics in
www.clarkgraphic.com. This means 100 percent of the
sales of the first 250 books will go directly to FRAXA.
Head over to Sara’s Sweets at 20737 Mack Avenue (313-881-2888)
in Grosse Pointe Woods for your copy. Owner Mary Schalz-Szakacs
has generously agreed to sell the cookbooks, alongside the
Alinosi candy and ice cream.
For those outside the Grosse Pointe area, FRAXA is selling the
For $15, you will receive a crisp red, white and black spiral
cookbook with 154 recipes from more than 90 contributors from
families in Australia to New Hampshire to New Mexico and many
other eXtraordinary people.
We have recipes from FX families, FX gurus and local flavor from
politicians (including U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and State
Representative Ed Gaffney), Sara’s Sweets, The Hill’s Michael
Connery, and from a few members of the WNBA Detroit Shock.
Food eXtraordinaire has an array of recipes, from Toasted
Ravioli to Spanakopita to Chicken Cacciatore to Easy Peanut
Butter Cookies (extremely easy per Mary Beth, who normally fears
baking from scratch and had no trouble with them!).
Food eXtraordinaire is a great awareness piece with “Food
for Thought” and “Fragile X Information” sections.
It’s appropriate something in which Mary Beth had a hand is
being sold next to ice cream. Her mom, Emma Martinelli Langan,
handled ice cream as a soda jerk in the ‘50s. Her grandpa,
Albino Martinelli, was an ice cream maker for 30 years, five of
them with Alinosi, a Detroit-based company since 1921.
Sara’s Sweets is open Tuesday through Sunday from Noon until 9
p.m. Cash and checks made payable to “FRAXA” will be accepted.
Perhaps in your free time, you will consider cooking for a
Grosse Pointe residents Theodore G. Coutilish and Mary Beth
Langan created this column to share experiences from their
journey as parents of a child with Fragile X Syndrome at
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