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Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Cheer

A few days ago I received this forwarded email from a friend who is a member of the Kauai Interfaith Roundtable:

"Aloha and Shalom!
We are again planning to serve a Christmas feast to the emergency shelter and transitional housing occupants at KEO (Kauai Economic Opportunity, 2804 Wehe Rd, Lihue -- across from Water Department). This year we are fortunate to have help from the Interfaith Roundtable. I still need volunteers for many areas if anyone is interested --

Cooking (at home and delivering to KEO at ~4:30 - 5:00pm on 12/25/08): turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls. Each item cooked should serve ~15-20 people. I will need ~3-4 volunteers for each item.

Bringing drinks
Donating decorations
Donating papergoods: paper plates, cups, utensils
Donating presents for the children at KEO
Serving the meal
Please contact me at () if you are interested in volunteering in any capacity."

So we volunteered to prepare a turkey (a butterball donated by Costco) and mashed potatoes. #2 son volunteered to peel potatoes. As soon as #3 son and I returned from Oahu, I got the bird into the oven (convection roasting was pretty fast) and cooked the potatoes.

The smell of Christmas dinner was fantastic! I carved the turkey and mashed the potatoes and got the food to the KEO center around 4:45pm. Volunteers were already setting up the food and getting ready for the guests.

It's a wonderful thing to share and to serve on holidays! Especially in the spirit of love and collaboration.

Have a blessed and happy holiday season!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha. That's great, Liz! I have roasted turkey only twice in my life, and both times, it was a disaster. Brown on the outside, but raw inside. ugh.

Merry Christmas!

December 26, 2008 at 5:45 AM  
Blogger LizKauai said...

Hi gigi1
325 degrees
never higher.
I used the convection roast setting on my little oven to speed up the cooking time.Ihis is the first time I did not have to cover the top of the thighs or breast to prevent it from getting too dark.

December 26, 2008 at 8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liz, David saw the Food Saver at Costco. It cost $148 and was not on sale, so we decided to wait. In the meantime, we have 4 New York steaks in the fridge. Yum.

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