|Re: common meals||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Judy Baxter (BAXTERepivax.epi.umn.edu)|
|Date: Mon, 26 Jan 1998 16:51:11 -0600|
I appreciated many of John Poteet's comments, esp. keep it simple, and cook what youknow. and my experience may be different. (we tend to serve 15 - 25, not 40). But, he wrote: <<I think I have several complaints about our common meals here. One is that the food is generally too oily, bland, (Moosewood I think) frequently under or overcooked, and heavily focused on dessert. I think this is largely the result of cooks that are inexperienced with the recipes they are using or inexperienced at cooking in general. As a former resteraunt cook I am frequently surprised at the culinary ignorance of the average person. Most adults nowadays are very poor cooks. >> snip... <<you have to focus your attention on the meal. Unless your entree, salad, vegetable and condiments are restaurant quality (not Denny's!!) you are just asking for poor dinners, weight gain and damaged health by having anything but fruit available for dessert. >> I think we have to remember that cooking for 20 or 40 can be daunting, and that most of us have no ambition to be restaurant cooks. I think we eat well at Monterey Cohousing, but I want to encourage people to cook, not scare them away. So sometimes I accept things not "restaurant quality". I expect some variation, but the company is a pretty good spice. Sorry to hear your frustration, John. We recently discovered a cookbook called Vegetarian Express, and I have been trying things from that. I have found a couple of favorite, easy recipes from there. Judy Judy Baxter, Monterey Cohousing Community,(MoCoCo) Twin Cities Area, Mpls.,MN -- e-mail: baxter [at] epivax.epi.umn.edu 15 homes - 7 new townhomes and 8 coop apartments in a rehab Georgian building built as a retirement home in 1924 - **** back to appreciating our tunnel from the townhomes to the Common Space in the Big building, as the snow flies. **** starting to think of an "interested people"/waiting list of some kind Voice Mail for Monterey Cohousing - 612-930-7554
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