Calling all cooks…and parents…and people who eat food

11 Mar

As you might have heard or read, Wilson and I are now cooking all the food in the Promise House.  If you know anything about my culinary experience or lack thereof, you could see how this might be a bit challenging.  So here’s where you join in: I need your recipes.  Your breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners.  Your tried and true, all your kids eat it, you are confident when you bring it to a potluck, recipes.  The simpler, the better, but I don’t mind spending extra time in the kitchen for extra deliciousness.  A second recipe using the leftovers from the first earns you bonus points.  Comment with a link to the recipe or just type (copy/paste!) the whole recipe right in the comment.  Maybe some of you will get some new ideas for yourselves too!  Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a recipe or meal idea to share:

  1. In general, if your recipe involves 4 cans of this or that, or a boxed mix, chances are we don’t have those things.  Think fresh.  Think natural.  But also feel free to throw something out there and maybe we can find it.  I am looking for an excuse to do some grocery shopping in the Dominican anyway.
  2. If your recipe involves some specific spices and you want to send us a big ‘ole container of that spice (or other random ingredient), we can hook you up with an address, and we can make your recipe over and over.
  3. Kid-friendly is ideal, but Wilson and I also eat the same food as the kids.  We will then chop that food into small pieces for some of the kids and put the rest in a food processor (An awesome donation from our bus!) to puree it.  We can add water, milk, broth, or whatever liquid “matches” to get the consistency we need for the rest of the kids, so most anything can be modified, just something to keep in mind.
  4. We do have an oven, stove, and crockpot, so pretty much any cooking method is possible.  Meals that don’t require much (any?) cooking are also nice for the summer months to avoid adding any more heat to an already sweltering climate.

Alright, who’s in?  You just may change our lives here and some of the cutest kids on the planet could be enjoying your recipe for years to come 🙂


Posted by on March 11, 2016 in Life in Haiti, Sheila, Support, The Kiddos


7 responses to “Calling all cooks…and parents…and people who eat food

  1. Charlene Brown

    March 11, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Lentil Rice Casserole

    9 cups broth (or water… can add bullion etc)
    2 1/4 cups lentils (rinse them!)
    1 1/2 cup brown rice (can also sub in part barley if desired)
    1-2 finely chopped onions
    2 tsp basil (dried)
    3/4 tsp thyme
    1 tsp garlic powder (or 2 cloves fresh garlic minced)

    Cook on high 5-6 hours

    Cover with cheese.

    Variations: add some cooked sausage or other finely chopped meat last half hour
    Add a can of tomatoes
    Add chopped carrots, kale, other veggies
    Serve as a side with larger portions of meat and a salad

    If leftovers: can be re-warmed and served, or eaten cold with salad.

  2. Charlene Brown

    March 11, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Pancakes (always a favorite for dinner too!)
    Recipe given in triple and single form since I’m sure you’ll need the triple.

    Flour: 1 cup 3 cups
    Salt: 1 tsp 3 tsp
    Baking Soda 3/4 tsp 2 1/4 tsp
    Baking Powder 1 tsp 3 tsp
    Sugar 1 Tblsp 3 T

    In a separate bowl–

    Eggs 1-2 3-6 (more eggs means more protein)
    Butter 2-3 T 6-9 T
    Buttermilk 1 cup 3 cups (add more if batter is too thick to spread)
    (You can also mix yogurt and milk, or squeeze lemon into the milk)

    Cook on medium on a griddle or flat pan

    Variations: Add crumbled sausage to the top of the cooking pancakes before flipping
    Mix in little bits of fresh fruit (bananas finely chopped work great, as does lemon or orange zest)
    Add cinnamon and apples to the batter

    • nursegal513

      March 12, 2016 at 3:45 am

      love that you tripled the recipe…definitely will need to do a few batches 🙂 and i appreciate the buttermilk substitution options as well!

  3. Angela Covington

    March 13, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    I’ll have to think of some others, but this is a newly discovered, very easy breakfast that’s got protein in it and tastes great!

    I love Hootenanny ’cause it’s like eating pancakes, but you don’t have to cook eggs on the side. It’s all inside. 🙂

    And kids love to see it puff up!

    • nursegal513

      March 13, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      awesome, checking it out right now!

  4. Jon Kim

    April 20, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    I follow a food blogger @ and he’s great at recording the cooking process and making simple and delicious recipes.


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