Monday, October 1, 2007

Stake Relief Society Dinner

Friday my fridge was crammed with 37 quarts of half and half, 21 pounds of bacon, 10 pounds of butter, 13 pints of sour cream, 7 pounds of sharp cheese, 21 bunches of green onions, and 12 stalks celery and.. stacked around my house was 90 pounds of potatoes and...

192 sourdough bread rounds... and
an ice chest full of various vegetables.
All this was purchased for the Stake R.S. dinner on Saturday.
We served:
Loaded Baked Potato Soup in Sourdough Bread Bowls
Vegetable Trays with dip
BYU Mint Brownies
Pumpkin Squares
As Jocelyn and I were hollowing out the sourdough rounds to make bowls, David had a great idea. POWER TOOLS! Here he is hollowing out a sourdough loaf with a hole cutter while I am protesting. He almost lost a finger.
This, on the other hand, was a great idea, and saved me cooking 21 pounds of bacon in my fry pan.
Here is part of my crew after it was all over. That's why they are smiling!
Here is the remains of the feast. We were asked to pack it all up for the Relief Society Presidents to take to those in need.
Here's the story:
Last Saturday our stake had an enrichment activity in conjunction with the Relief Society Satellite Broadcast from LC. It began at 3:00 p.m. with a musical program prepared by members from all nine wards in our stake. At it's conclusion, dinner was served, followed by the broadcast at 5:00 p.m.. I was asked to prepare the dinner by our past Stake Relief Society President. Then, a couple of weeks ago, a new presidency was sustained. Sister Phillips (old president) had suggested serving soup in bread bowls. At first, I was opposed to the idea because it seemed so labor intensive, but I like to do what is envisioned, so I agreed. Also, my niece, Maryellen, was considering a similar menu for her upcoming wedding reception, so I thought it would be good for a trial run. I'm glad she changed her mind, since it ended being pretty labor intensive. Also, they called me after I had done most of the shopping and passing out of ingredients to tell me to add 50 to the count. So, I had to do all the shopping twice. The bread bowls had to be special ordered in quantity, so I scoured every Vons in town the day before and bought all they had just to get 42 more. Thank goodness for all my wonderful family members who agreed to help me cook and serve! David, Jocelyn, Anita, Randy, Gaye, Karl, Maryellen and my other sister who doesn't like her name or picture to be blogged all were all wonderful helpers! Dayna and Georgette also came in to help serve and were greatly appreciated. We were so busy we didn't have time to take pictures during, so that's why have only the "before and after" pics above. It was yummy and I think everyone enjoyed it. (We didn't tell them the calorie information.)


lacey said...

I know it was good- you are an excellent cook. But, oh, labor intensive is right! I worked at a bread store in HS and had to carve out the bread rounds for the same thing. Serious focus required to spare the ligaments. Of course a power tool came into play- this I smiled at. Congratulations on your new grandbabies that are coming!

Katie said...

I'm sure the food was amazing! Especially since you were involved. Uncle David's a genius with the sour dough bowls--I'm glad he didn't lose a finger!!

Eliza said...

You and and the family are total go to people in your stake. I am so impressed. I on the other hand have not been asked to do so many things in my stake. Go figure...

Jane said...

You and your crew are amazing! The food was sooo good, thank you! I will never look at power tools the same way:).

Jordan & Nikki said...

You always pull things off perfectly, no doubt it was a success. I still don't think anybody should have to take charge of that on their own - you have a great family to jump in and help so much!