Monday, November 22, 2010

cooking fail...

... you know how some churches have hospitality ministries where a bunch of people sign up to take turns bringing meals to other parishioners who are going through a serious illness or loss of a spouse or family member? The idea is to bring them prepared food to relieve them of the chore of fixing meals.

I signed up for this... and it took less than three weeks for the leader of this ministry to call me and ask that I try and restrict my food items to fruit trays or basically nothing that requires me to cook.

It appears my hospitality makes no one feel better and I have yet to find my niche.

14 comments:

Margaret Mary said...

After one of my babies was born someone from our church gave us a gift certificate to a pizza delivery place. It was the most memorable meal we got (in a good way) because we never do that. The older kids loved the novelty of it all.

s-p said...

LOL! I feel your pain. My wife once made something our dogs wouldn't eat. At least they didn't point you to the "hospitality committee" of the assisted suicide organization. :)

Smiley said...

cola, chips, wine, you bring on the real hospitality not the cookie and cake crap

TCN said...

I should think a nice shot of rum would cure just about anything.

Suburbanbanshee said...

That's me at work. Nobody wants to eat my food. Nobody. And I'm a reasonably good cook, too, but I don't seem to have the knack of cooking what people want to eat. Or when I do hit on something people like, they look at me like they didn't expect it. I think the folks at work just have different tastes.

PaxetBonum said...

Don't feel bad Kat, no one expects a single person to cook real food, hence the recurring theme of crock pots and microwaves in your recent culinary post. Smiley and TCN have the right idea- who's not gonna see a load of chips, salsa and a bottle of SoCo as "hospitality"? Well, maybe a recovering alcoholic... but you'd cetainly be spreading good cheer and Christian fellowship with your perky and vivacious presence, with or without the SoCo. Maybe your niche in the hospitality "ministry" is to be a warm-fuzzy "greeter" at the door of your church before Mass?

3puddytats said...

Hey-I'm single and a decent cook.. :) I'm just not used to cooking BIG meals :)

Chicken casseroles are pretty much fool-proof...make them up ahead of time and put in freezer in disposable foil pans....include baking directions with them...that way when you drop them off to the families they can prepare them at their convenience. Even most kitchen-challenged men can turn an oven on to 350 degrees and set a time for 50 minutes :) Nice hot meal for cold winter days. My grama taught me that one...she was on alot of those "hospitality" committees....and you also don't have to worry about getting your dish back :)

I usually also swing by the grocery store on the way to the house and pick up a loaf of store-made garlic bread...goes with ANYTHING...

Sara

3puddytats said...

Another thing I do particularly around the holidays --again something my grandma taught me--is make a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough, separate it into two pieces, roll each piece into a log, wrap each piece in wax paper and freeze. Then when someone woudl like cookies they just take the log of cookie dough out of the freezer, let it soften a bit, slice into pieces like slicing a sausage, put on a cookie sheet and bake. Great for shut-in, the elderly, sick mama with kids, etc. Include baking instructions.

I also do this ahead of time for the holidays..I make up several batches I can give them as neighbor gifts or if I need a last-minute cookie contribution for work I have dough already made up. My elderly mom thinks it's great.

Sara

Amy said...

Can I give you a simple casserole recipe that even *I* can't mess up?

Take two boxes mac and cheese, 1 lb ground beef (or chicken or turkey), 1 jar salsa, 1 packet taco seasoning, and shredding cheese.

Make mac and cheese according to box directions.

Brown ground meat and season with taco seasoning according to package directions.

Put prepared mac and cheese and ground beef in baking dish that's been sprayed with cooking spray (e.g. Pam).

Add salsa, mix.

Put shredded cheese on top, covering noodles. If eating immediately, serve with sour cream, guacamole, and tortilla chips.

If serving later, let cool and refrigerate. Heat covered in 350º oven until warmed through (make sure cheese is on top to prevent noodles from drying out).

Denita said...

It's OK. I hate to cook. I usually just bring rolls and leave it at that.

belinda said...

Kat, these people have done you a favor.
I'm known for some of the foods I prepare and people will often call for specific things.
For example,... Belinda, can you have 150 cinnamon rolls in the school office by Thursday morning?

So then I drag out three bread machines and spend an entire day baking.

I pretend I'm working off some of my purgatory time.

Foodie said...

Hey, I think it's a great start! Now if only the same person who made that painful phone call to you could be commissioned to, you know, tell people who can't sing they cannot be in the choir or cantor, or tell folks with lousy speaking skills they can't be lectors....

The Crescat said...

Foodie, I appreciate the comment. But in her charity she had a point, no one deserves to eat my cooking.

Dorian Speed said...

Foodie's comment FTW.

You could always say you were trying to encourage prayer and fasting.