The Internet Kitchen: Giving Back

These days I have a somewhat flexible schedule so I decided to start volunteering once a week at a local homeless shelter. Specifically, I’ll be working in the kitchen there. Since I’ve been spending a lot of my free time over the last few years learning how to cook, I figured it would be a good way to give back to the community.

So, once a week I’m going to be cooking breakfast, my favorite meal to cook by far!

There are two details about this though that make me a bit nervous:

1) I’ll be cooking by myself. No helpers.

2) On average, I’ll be cooking for 90 people. Minimum.

So it’s sort of like having my own restaurant once a week. I actually think I’m going to really enjoy it and I really hope that I help people out and give them a good meal to start their days.

But yea… a bit nervous for my first breakfast!

Let’s make something Spring-y for the poll this week.

And a few links as always…

Prince William’s Groom Cake – Guess what? I didn’t wake up at 2AM today to watch the Royal Wedding. I was going to go to the wedding, but I think my invite got lost in the mail or something. Maybe I’ll just make this cake instead… (@ Sprinkle Bakes)

Mint Juleps – My boy Dan is devoting a whole week to Beastie Boys recipes and posts. He’s crazy like that. These mint juleps caught my eye because I’m a big fan of mint syrup. (@ Food in My Beard)

How to Make a Steamed Artichoke – Artichokes are one of those baffling veggies for most people. But if you can get past their strange leafy armor, they’re really delicious eating. The only thing I would add to this steamed ‘choke is butter. Lots of butter. (@ Summer Tomato)

Cilantro Lime Hummus – Three of my favorite things! I know some people hate cilantro and so this recipe, to them, would be like garlic on a vampire. But for those cilantro lovers out there, this looks pretty solid. (@ Make It Naked)

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

 

9 comments on “The Internet Kitchen: Giving Back

  1. Nick: I did the same thing when I lived in West Virginia, but at least I had some helpers. I must say that I enjoyed it immensely, and I'm sure you will as well. You will certainly learn how to make due with what is "on hand", which, undoubtedly be a lot of canned goods. I normally did lunches, which made it a little easier when it came to using the in-stock items. Hopefully, they'll have plenty of eggs, but if they run short, don't rule out the old Army standby of "S.O.S.". I still make that at home occasionally, and grew to like it.

  2. Once a week? This is hands down my favorite post of yours OF ALL TIME. This is really inspiring. A lot of people want to give back, but really, to make breakfast for strangers who are down on their luck once a week will be so fulfilling. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Wow, that is so amazing about your volunteer work. Are you going to blog about it? I'd love to hear about how it goes!

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