Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tous mes excuses...

All my apologies! So, where the heck have I been??

I happen to be in charge of feeding 60 college students at the moment. I live in a co-op, and right now I have to feed people breakfast, lunch and dinner, all while keeping them happy and staying within budget. A budget that equals about $130 per person, per month. Not too bad, but not fantastic, either.

Here's how it works:
  1. I get a cool meal idea into my head.
  2. I write down said cool idea and make sure it has a meat entrée, a vegetarian entrée, a carb side and a vegetable side (plus all dinners have salads.)
  3. I go dig up recipes for said cool meal.
  4. I print out recipes and put in kitchen for cooks.
  5. I look in pantry, fridge and freezer to see what ingredients we still need.
  6. I order ingredients from various outlets and, on occasion, go to the store to pick some up myself.
Not too bad. It's the finding recipes that is the hardest part. Loads of things don't scale up well. Have you tried to cook for 60 people lately? Yeah, I didn't think so. Actually, I don't do the cooking. But I have done it before, so I know what works or not, to an extent. I have some resources for large-scale recipes, but they often aren't that cool. Try finding beef korma for 50. Or bibimbop for 60. (If you do find them, let me know, they are two of the ones I'll need to print by Sunday night!)

Luckily, once the cool recipes are found, I can scale them up with a nice program I have and then pull it out again in 3-4 weeks so people can have more of it.

I really should be taking pictures. I really should be putting my recipes, on a smaller scale, here for you. Even if I am not cooking, I can still take credit as the evil overlord, trying to trick people into eating more healthy foods.

I think I'm winning.


  1. Nope I haven't done that lately but I did do it for 2 years and I still find ways to use all that useless knowledge. This weekend I'll be involved with cooking for 30 :)

  2. I love it when you post.
    Your food sounds exotic and fascinating, I keep thinking of ones I might send you. Especially from my "say yes to less" ancient Pillsbury cookbook.
    I love you! xoxoxox

  3. I totally can help you make bibimbop for 60...well i guess when i'm there it would be for 120ish people. It would be super hard to totally replicate, so I can come up with a similar version that would taste more or less like Americanized Korean food. Ohhh let's do it...!!!


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