Benefit Cookbook Helps A Mom Honor Her Son’s Life
Just in time for Mother’s Day a collection of family-style recipes benefits the legacy of 1st Lt. Jonathan Brostrom.
On July 13, 2008 1st Lt. Jonathan Brostrom was killed in Wanat, Afghanistan defending his men under attack in one of the deadliest days of the Afghan war. The 24 year-old Brostrom was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his actions that day. A Damien Memorial School and University of Hawaii graduate, his parents live in Aiea, Hawaii and continue to struggle with the loss of their eldest son.
Mary Jo with Jon at his high school graduation
Jon and his fellow Damien graduates
Brostrom family in May 2008 from left to right (Blake, David, Jonathan, Mary Jo, Jase)
I’m Italian and we love to sit around the table and share food, this is what gives me peace and smiles.”Filled with tried and true recipes culled from the kitchens of Riggs Distributing employees, the cookbook serves as a heartfelt gesture of love and support for their colleague who works for a local kitchen and bath dealership selling Sub-Zero Wolf appliances. Riggs Distributing is the Hawaii and northern California dealer of Sub-Zero Wolf. Riggs employees recall Jonathan delivering their appliances to his mother’s customers.
Mary Jo’s graduation spread for Jon
Besides being a collection of recipes from the employees of Riggs Distributing, The Sub-Zero and Wolf Cookbook includes six recipes from Jonathan’s mother. “The recipes I share in the cookbook are Jonathan’s favorites that he’d request when he was home.
Hungarian Goulash Soup
“A full bookshelf and too many cookbooks shouldn’t prevent
Wally Aina (Dean of Men at Damien) with Jon at his graduation
Celebrate food, love and family this Mother’s Day.
Comments from Readers
I am brought to tears viewing the pictures of my dear friend and my Godson Jonathan. I can't wait to buy 5 of these books!!! I know what a great cook Mary Jo is because she is responsible for 10 of the 20 pounds I put on when we were stationed in Germany together!
Wonderful recipies! Are there more?
Great recipes when will their be more? Congratulations to Riggs Distributing for recognizing the sacrifices of our military families. Mary Jo is a great person for Riggs to use to continue this effort.