Feed the People!
I have come to the conclusion that I like to feed people. Not a big surprise if you know me or my family. Leah says I sound like my mom. I also enjoy taking a meal to people. Lately, I just haven’t done a lot of it — time and money constrains basically – but I decided this is something that gives me great satisfaction and I just need to find a way to do it. Naturally, opportunities presented themselves the last few days.
First was a potluck at the dog show. I have used takethemameal.com for our congregation when we need to minister through meals, but I didn’t realize that they also have a section for potlucks until Friday night. People can go in and write down what they plan to bring to the potluck, so I went and checked it out. Now for my soap box…
When I was growing up we had lots of potlucks at church and everyone was expected to bring a main dish and/or a side dish and/or a dessert. We usually took all three and in a regular or large size dish. No one ever signed up for anything and we always had more than enough; maybe because it was a farming community. The potlucks I’ve been to the last few years people show up with one thing and then it’s not that large. Why don’t people bring food to potlucks? It’s a potluck! You want to eat and so does everyone else – take food! Ok, I’ll step off the box now.
Anyway, only two people had signed up for a main dish and maybe three for dessert and the rest were sides. I sent a main dish and dessert. When I dropped off the food, the gal in charge said that several people didn’t even bring food. Really? I took cheesy enchilada casserole and lazy cake bars. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures. Both dishes were a hit.
The next day I took the another recipe of the enchilada casserole to someone who recently had surgery, along with a fruit salad and lemon bars. The fruit salad is one of my favorites for summer, but I tend to forget to make it.
Yesterday I took a meal to a family who was in the process of moving. Moving takes a lot out of you, especially in 100+ temps and I couldn’t help with the actual move, so I thought sending food would be a good way to help out.
I had come across the idea of making a taco kit to take, so I did my variation of it. I also sent bean/corn salad, watermelon, a bag of chips and lemon bars. I didn’t know if they had dishes unpacked, so I included paper plates, napkins, and plastic silverware. Why I didn’t put in disposable cups, I don’t know, but that probably would have been helpful. I know they appreciated the silverware. I always use disposable pans and containers so people don’t have to worry about returning things.
Instead of using a basket like I had seen, I decided to use a bag to package the taco ingredients in. I love recyclable bags, and think I’ll start purchasing them when I see cute cheap ones for this purpose. This time I ‘sacrificed’ one of my Trader Joe’s bags (we don’t have Trader Joe’s here).
This is not an endorsement of any particular brands, it’s just what I happened to purchase.
Recipes if anyone is interested:
Melon Salad with Orange-Lime Dressing
1 t. grated lime peel
3 T. lime juice
2 T. orange juice concentrate
1/4 t. vanilla extract
1/2 honeydew melon
1 1/2 c. red grapes
Make the dressing by mixing the lime peel, lime juice, orange juice concentrate and vanilla together in a medium bowl.
Remove rinds from melons and cute into 1″ wedges. Add the melon to the dressing and then add the grapes. Toss gently to combine. Cover the bowl loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate, stirring occasionally, until well chilled, about 2 hours.
Corn and Bean Salad
2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (17 oz.) can yellow whole kernel corn, drained
2 lg. tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 lg. avocado, peeled and chopped
1 med. purple onion, chopped or a bunch of green onions
1/8-1/4 c. fresh cilantro, chopped
1 T. garlic, chopped (or more depending on your preference)
3-4 T. olive oil
3-4 T. lime juice
1 T. red wine vinegar
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, cover and chill. This can be used as a dip with tortilla chips or a salad.
2 c. flour
1 c. butter
1/2 c. powdered sugar (heaping)
4 eggs, well beaten
2 c. sugar
Dash of salt
1 T. flour
6 T. lemon juice
Blend flour, butter, and powdered sugar. Press into a 9×13″ pan. Bake 20 minutes at 350°. Mix eggs, sugar, salt, flour, lemon juice together; pour over HOT baked crust. Return to oven and bake another 20 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar when done, but still hot. Cool and cut into squares.
Guess I better feed my family!