Catholic Outreach Chicken and Dumplings!
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Well another month rolls into the third Saturday and I find myself at the Catholic Outreach Soup Kitchenpreparing a meal for less fortunate persons. Over three years now of doing this and I still like doing it. Little light on volunteers today as we only have five volunteers to get all the work done.
Worse yet, January is one of our lowest donation months of the year! So we have almost no donations for the week. So to the pantry for an inspection. I have to come up with a dinner and dessert for these folks.

Chef Rant On:
Ok folks I have said it before but it is worth repeating, if you donated during the holidays to help those less fortunate but have done nothing this month. I want you to know you are not fooling the deity you worship!
Whomever you worship knows if your December gesture to humanity was followed through into January. So my advice is don't pee your God off , donate every month! 'Nuff said!

Chef Rant Off:

Well I have the donations from all the restaurants that were organized to save their unusable stuff for us. So to the Boston's chickens in the freezer! Of course this means I need Chicken Pickers. Only job worse than this is Crab picking! But it needs to be done. I do get some complaints from some of the volunteers, to which I always respond "did you think you were coming to the Bahamas on vacation when you said you would volunteer at the soup kitchen?" Feeding those less fortunate is work, and it has to be done to get these people fed. So out come the chickens and into the
chicken pickin' business the volunteers go!





Of course what the other volunteers don't ever remember is I have already been working on things long before they got there. I have the base started for the chicken and dumplings meal that will be served.



Onions, celery, and carrots have all already been prepped. The Southwest Cream Corn is already prepped and ready to go into the convection oven. I add the carrots to the tilt skillet and we begin to have the looks of a decent Chicken and Dumplings meal. On of the things that is important
at the soup kitchen is to get as much balanced diet type foods into these people. They already have problems, they don't need poor nutrition to add to the dilemma they face daily.



I was told that the entire beginning of the week is going to be light on volunteers. Heck I am there anyway, only have one catering later in the evening, so I slam together some other starts to meals for Monday and Tuesday's
crews. All the chicken carcasses will make a nice soup and a decent Chicken and Noodles dinner. So extra stockpots are started and I begin to render the life supporting nutrition out of the leftovers. Wing tips, bones, backs, necks, it all gives up itself to create another meal.



Finally I add the dumplings on to it and close the lid to let it steam to a finish!



Meanwhile I noticed a most unusual donation. 8 pounds of cut, steamed and instantly frozen rhubarb. With none of the bakeries have any leftover goods, I have to make a dessert. As usual, I will use this to sneak in another fruit on the clients! I will have to create it from scratch.
So I make a heavy cream cheese cake. (Now this is one rich cheese cake, since the cream won't be used by anyone else prior to going sour, I figure it is a perfect use for it.) I then work up a rhubarb, cranberry and orange compote for the cheese cake. We do not get gram cracker donated so the
cheese cake will be scooped like ice cream into a bowl with the Rhubarb compote spooned over it.



In the end they ate it all. I like to think of that as a complement to the skills of the chef and the volunteers, but it may have a lot to do with not being able to afford food that most take for granted!



'Til we talk again, make sure you make that donation to your local soup kitchen! They need it badly, and while you are at it, post it on the calendar every month for the rest of the year. I can assure you it will get used to sustain a humane life!

Chef Bob Ballantyne
The Cowboy and The Rose Catering
Grand Junction, Colorado, USA
Chef de Cuisine
The Cowboy and The Rose Catering

USMC Sgt 1979-1985
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  Re: Catholic Outreach Chicken and Dumplings! by bbally (Well another month r...)
First Sunday of each month is hunger Sunday at our UCC church. Members are encouraged to bring in bags of food for disbursement to needy families. I took the H5N1 flu scare to heart and had about a six week supply of canned food in the basement. It's starting to approach the expiration dates and I bring a big bad of food each month to the church.

Ill need to replenish. Maybe we should start to think about survivor cooking. If your energy supply were interrupted and supermarket shelves were empty and you had to stockpile about 6 weeks of food, what would you buy. I tried to amass protein (did you know they make turkey spam?), also canned veggies, potatoes, milk, cereal bars for breakfast. It was kind of interesting - trying to also buy portion which would not need refrigeration.
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  Re: Re: Catholic Outreach Chicken and Dumplings! by lxxf (First Sunday of each...)
Wow. I was just looking for an old recipe from an old Cuisine at Home I lent out and look what I find! I didn't even know there was a forum on the website.
I was just reading other post from bbally, really inspiring sir. You are a busy man!
I think I'll have deeper look around here.
"There is no love sincerer than the love of food".
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  Re: Re: Catholic Outreach Chicken and Dumplings! by maggiemoo (Wow. I was just look...)
Welcome, Maggie!

Enjoy your visit here, and come back often!
If blueberry muffins have blueberries in them, what do vegan muffins have?
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  Re: Catholic Outreach Chicken and Dumplings! by bbally (Well another month r...)
That is excellent bbally! What a great service. Warms the heart.
"Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time."
Laura
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  Re: Re: Catholic Outreach Chicken and Dumplings! by lxxf (First Sunday of each...)
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First Sunday of each month is hunger Sunday at our UCC church. Members are encouraged to bring in bags of food for disbursement to needy families. I took the H5N1 flu scare to heart and had about a six week supply of canned food in the basement. It's starting to approach the expiration dates and I bring a big bad of food each month to the church.

Ill need to replenish. Maybe we should start to think about survivor cooking. If your energy supply were interrupted and supermarket shelves were empty and you had to stockpile about 6 weeks of food, what would you buy. I tried to amass protein (did you know they make turkey spam?), also canned veggies, potatoes, milk, cereal bars for breakfast. It was kind of interesting - trying to also buy portion which would not need refrigeration.




Good for you, I think most of us are far too complacent about the food SYSTEM. It is not so much the food, although it is rather nice not starving. But if you can't get it, or get to it, you wouldn't be in the pooh, because such function would cease. The alternative is worse of course.
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  Re: Re: Catholic Outreach Chicken and Dumplings! by maggiemoo (Wow. I was just look...)
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I was just reading other post from bbally, really inspiring sir. You are a busy man!




Thank you, it is even more inspiring to know how readers feel when they read it. I like to write, and write to satisfy wanting to write, but it is nice to know it effects the readers!

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I think I'll have deeper look around here.




You will find lots to explore here on the site.
Chef de Cuisine
The Cowboy and The Rose Catering

USMC Sgt 1979-1985
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  Re: Re: Catholic Outreach Chicken and Dumplings! by bbally ([blockquote]Quote:[h...)
Well done Bob. I really like the way you worked in helping out for the next two days when the shelter is going to be low on help.
Daphne
Keep your mind wide open.
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  Re: Catholic Outreach Chicken and Dumplings! by bbally (Well another month r...)
Bob - That's a fine bit of charity you participate in. I especially like how you take a look at what you've got to work with and make something creative and delicious with it. Certainly all the diners look forward to your night to cook!

Our UMC has a very active food pantry serving 2-3 families a week. When I buy my groceries on Saturday I get some canned goods for the pantry to bring on Sunday - usually the 8-packs of canned soup, tuna, or veges from Sam's.
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  Re: Re: Catholic Outreach Chicken and Dumplings! by HomeCulinarian (Bob - That's a fine ...)
The Catholic Outreach is very lucky to have such a dedicated person. That is Good works, bbally.
Cory

I am not the model.
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