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Friday, May 27, 2005

Shepherd's Pie for 120

On one of the hottest days of the month (this past Saturday).

With an absolutely minimal supply of volunteers - most people were wisely avoiding campus area on graduation days (hey, we charged $10 for "event parking" in the church garage for non-volunteers), and otherwise enjoying the lovely day.

We did it. Fortunately Shepherd's Pie is easy to put together, after you have peeled, boiled, and mashed 45# of potatoes, that is! I should take a picture of our potato mashing setup; a gentleman from the church made a monster masher and attached it to a broom handle for just this sort of volume cooking.

And if there is any breeze at all, it comes in through the kitchen windows on the second floor.

So, dinner was shepherd's pie (meat, tomatoes, onion, spices with potato topping), cooked snap peas (a food bank score), and salad. No garlic bread, as the Bread Workshop had given away all the bread by the time we got there because they hadn't gotten our message. But I didn't hear complaints.

If you are driving distance from Berkeley and can help us out on the afternoons of June 18, July 16, or August 20 (or, for that matter, any third Saturday of the month ... November (19) and December (17) might be light), let me know via email or comment and I'll give you further information. Plenty of things for non-cooks to do, so if you have some high schoolers looking for a public service project, we can put them to work.

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