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We're Stewed! 
Feb. 25, 2013 3:14 pm 
Updated: Mar. 25, 2013 11:13 am
I cook at a Soup Kitchen/Food bank so creativity is necessary.  See what we can do with "Plain Old Stew."



The addition of sour cream changes plain old stew into a rich topping for rice or noodles.


I kicked plain old stew up by adding dried cherries and Baby Bella's with a shot of Balsamic vinegar.


                Adding a Parmesan scone changes stew into a pot pie.

                        The lengths I go to disguise "plain old stew!"

Feb. 25, 2013 4:30 pm
Good thing you are doing cooking for a Soup Kitchen and I am sure the folks who eat your food appreciate that you kick it up a noch! BAM! ;0
Feb. 25, 2013 4:43 pm
i wrote a book here, but deleted it. too personal. your blog hopefully will inspire others to contribute their time.
Feb. 25, 2013 4:46 pm
I knew you would treat your customers right! You didn;t disappoint!
Feb. 25, 2013 4:49 pm
Wonderful,you are.
Feb. 25, 2013 4:49 pm
Cliff G, It is as good for me as it is for them, maybe better.
Feb. 25, 2013 4:51 pm
gderr,I have had my eyes opened to the willingness people have to help if they know there is a need.
Feb. 25, 2013 4:52 pm
Mike, I think of you every time we actually make soup. You once said you'd bet it was gourmet.
Feb. 25, 2013 4:53 pm
That looks amazing, and you can stretch those food dollars until they squeal!
Feb. 25, 2013 5:01 pm
You go, BigShotsMom! While watching the Oscars last night I was told of a woman in Los Angeles who cooked up a VAT of soup once a week, taking it to a specific corner, and feeding it to anyone who cared. Apparently a documentary was filmed about her... Will you be next? Be well!
Feb. 25, 2013 5:39 pm
Awesome. It's good of you to cook for a soup kitchen :)
Feb. 25, 2013 5:40 pm
Doc, I am by nature fiscally prudent and I have to make do with a minuscule budget and donations. It is almost a game seeing how far we can stretch the meals and still offer good food.
Feb. 25, 2013 5:41 pm
Stevie, I sincerely hope not! I would not impress anyone with my baggy sweats and braided hair.
Feb. 25, 2013 5:42 pm
Rae, it is a blessing to me, I really enjoy it.
Feb. 25, 2013 5:44 pm
manella, it all works because there are some very generous people who keep us up and running. I do the easy part, our director balances the books.
Feb. 25, 2013 6:42 pm
Ah, it is so nice to see you blogging. Your creativity is great when it comes to turning stew into different things! I'm sure your efforts are very much appreciated!
Feb. 25, 2013 8:07 pm
Very nice to see people giving of themselves to receive the rewards of those actions. Your food looks wonderful. - Yes, one dish can be re-made and take on a whole new life, in the home kitchen as well as the soup kitchen. Bless you for all you do.
Feb. 25, 2013 8:13 pm
Cat, I learned how to remake leftovers because my DH wouldn't eat them if he'd seen them before. Wait a day, make them look different and he was none the wiser.
Feb. 25, 2013 8:16 pm
Penny, I honestly think I get more from it than our guests. So many of them are families with children. If we can give them a leg up, it is the least we can do.
Feb. 26, 2013 7:24 am
Very creative kid! I bet they love your cooking at the soup kitchen!
Feb. 26, 2013 9:25 am
Julie, we try. We haven't had to resort to beans and rice every day yet.
Feb. 26, 2013 11:41 am
My children's school works very closely with the local soup kitchen. It's great to see what can be done with the food you receive. I'm going to steal your "pot pie" idea.
Feb. 26, 2013 11:49 am
Thanks for making a difference Big Shots Mom!
Feb. 26, 2013 4:29 pm
Doug, I love having kids involved. They are so accepting and gracious. I'm honored that you like the pot pie idea.
Feb. 26, 2013 5:52 pm
Your pot pie made me think back to when my granddaughters would eat at our house at noon. Once in a while,I'd make hamburgers and a pan of gravy from French Onion Soup mix. Lay a slice of toast on a plate, ladel gravy over it, lay a hamburger on that, ladel more gravy, cover with another toast and finally ladel more gravy. I called it "Soggy Woggy Steak Sandwich" and they would try to eat it all. Success never bade them the satisfaction. They claimed it was better than a Happy Meal!
Feb. 26, 2013 9:01 pm
Yes, Mike, Kids sure can come up with clever names. Despite the name your dish sounds tasty and I bet it tasted even better because Grandpa made it. My kids thought my father walked on water.
Mar. 1, 2013 10:50 am
Great job BSM!
Mar. 4, 2013 6:36 am
BSM-I am sure people appreciate a hot meal and especially meals that are gourmet. I love the scone on the lamb cobbler. I commend your efforts to help others! Thanks BigShotsMom!
Mar. 7, 2013 4:55 am
God Bless your service.
Mar. 25, 2013 11:13 am
BLESS you for your giving, your sharing, your recipes and your heart. And thanks so much for your comment on my Jane Jetson post. Glad I could make you laugh.
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I am a mother, grandmother, great grandmother by marriage and great aunt. My empty nest seems full most of the time and they all are ready to eat at any moment. I am busier now than I ever imagined once I retired. I now manage our parish friendship kitchen and help in the food bank. Part of what I love most is helping our clients learn to eat nutritiously on their very meager budgets and Allrecipes has been an invaluable tool.
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I love anything i can make from scratch, i like to bake breads, rolls, cookies, cobblers, pies. I like to make large dinners too and entertain frequently. I love trying new recipes out on friends and family. Sunday brunch has become a family focal point and if something new doesn't appear they act deprived.
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I didn't really grow up with any. Neither my mother or grandmother were great cooks. I learned to cook by trial and error on my own. But I married into a family of excellent cooks who went all out for holidays. All of my children cook well and we work well together preparing holiday meals.
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My first successful yeast bread. I spent years being terrified of yeast. The first time my MIL complimented me on a meal I felt like I had won an Emmy.
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My early years of cooking were one fiasco after another. I could actually cook fairly well, but had no idea when to start things so they all were ready at the same time. Some meals took whole evenings. My poor husband never once complained, although he did once mention he hoped dinner would be over before it was time for breakfast.
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