I recently ran into a snag when a friend asked for a recipe for a broccoli salad I made a couple years back for another family in our neighborhood, and I had no idea what she was talking about, although I do remember that I brought a tasty broccoli salad. Through my local parents club, I have been providing meals to families who need a little extra support, whether because of new babies, or illness, or tough schedules (going back to work, kids in school, spouse on extended trip). I love doing this for others; it is a challenge for me to come up with an interesting and creative menu, it helps my kids understand the value of doing good unto others, and I like the connection with the families. I remember running into a mother a while back who still remembered the dinner I brought after the birth of her twins!
In any case, I usually don’t write down what I bring, but after the recent problem with the broccoli salad recipe, a little note taking for the benefit of my memory seems in order. Here is the dinner I provided this week:
- Trader Joe’s Flank Steak rubbed with a little BBQ of the Americas spice mix from Penzey’s, along with a sprinkle of chili powder. Grilled on the BBQ and sliced into strips.
- Ground beef mixed with Penzey’s Taco Seasoning
- Bell Peppers, Onions and Zucchini sauteed in the wok, with Lime Marinade
- Homemade guacamole
- Trader Joe’s salsa, sour cream, corn and flour tortillas, and Mexican shredded cheese
- Chocolate Persimmon Buckwheat Muffins from Good to the Grain: Baking with Whole Grain Flours by Kim Boyce
Photo courtesy of gkdavie on Flickr Commons.