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Lessons From the Kitchen
I have learned a lot in the church kitchen over the years. Things like butter always makes things taste better and when I was asked whether I should put a half or whole stick of butter in a large kettle full of mashed potatoes, I was told to go for the whole stick and never skimp on the butter.
I have learned that a huge pan of soup beans can be made in the oven at 300 degrees for three hours or so with ham or smoked turkey pieces and it is delicious and doesn’t even need salt. If you don’t have meat, just use butter. Yes, a whole stick. Never skimp on the butter.
I have learned that you can make garlic bread with leftover hot-dog buns and they are delicious. Just toast them in the oven after slathering them with garlic powder and butter. Remember, never skimp on the butter.
I have learned that you can still eat at church dinners if you can’t have butter or you are concerned about those annoying numbers on your blood work from the doctor’s office. The church kitchen people are all about trying to have something for everyone. You may find that you like our unique, tasty green salads even if you thought you didn’t like green salads. We will even leave off the butter on some garlic bread to with the salad.
I have learned that you eat with your eyes first. You can make anything look pretty on a plate if you take a little extra time.
I have learned to not give up. One of the best cooks I know told me that some of her best dishes were a failure the first few times so don’t give up, keep trying.
I have learned that you don’t come into the kitchen unless you want to work because, trust me, you will be given a job. As Proverbs 14:23 says, “Hard work always pays off; mere talk puts no bread on the table.”
I have learned to make a little more food than you think is required. Leftover food can be sent home with those who need it or delivered to those that are home bound.
I have learned that listening is just as important, if not more important, than talking. Learning happens when listening.
Yes, I’ve learned a lot in the church kitchen but some of the most important things I’ve learned is not about cooking or food but about meeting the needs of others and how to help and pray for each other.
The church kitchen is a place for working, learning, fellowship, and laughter. It is where we do our best to love God and serve others, and, of course, to never skimp on the butter!
Contributed by Pamela Perry Blaine