Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Chowder for the Kids and a Flood

Yesterday was the first day back for the after school kids since before Xmas.  I spent a lot of time over the holidays thinking about what I have started here.  I am cooking for almost 40 kids a day now which means I am making lots of casseroles and soups.  It's the only way to do this economically.
 As it is, I am constantly pouring through the newspaper looking for the best sales.

 When I am not cooking, I am shopping.

 Nothing is wasted.  I figure out a way to use everything.

 I bake a lot of bread and rolls because they are the cheapest things to make.  If any of you have suggestions for inexpensive meals, I'd love to hear them.

 For the first day back, on a frigid day, I made them a smoked sausage, potato, cabbage and corn chowder with 8 loaves of french bread.  I used 3 pounds of smoked sausage I bought on sale

 The leeks were saved from my CSA.

 Potatoes were on sale for buy one 10 pound bag and get one free.

 I found cabbage for 1.00 a head and corn was on sale for 49 cents a can.

 I made the stock from chickens that I roasted and I had some cream so I added it at the end.  Twenty quarts of chowder and there was actually a little left so some of the kids took it home in containers.  For most of the kids, this was the first hot meal they've eaten since I last cooked for them.  I don't know, I look around at the craziness in this country right now and I shake my head wondering how kids like this can be ignored.  These kids are not the only ones in this country that are suffering.  How can we live in a country where our children can't get food.  There is no program to feed these children. They live in a small rust belt town that has been forgotten.  It's so poor that there isn't even a pizza parlor or a fast food restaurant.  I don't have the answers.  All I can do is cook.

 Oh well...on the flip side...here is a frozen puppy.  We are getting freezing rain this morning and Teddy is covered in a coat of ice.

And last night we had a pipe burst in the wall in the garden room.  It flooded the entire room with 4 inches of water.  So, we have no water and I can't cook.  I am sitting here trying to figure out how to feed the kids today. And I have to figure out how to get the plumber in here without the frozen pup eating him.  What fun!  At least the floor is clean now!