Kitchen Angels   |    1222 Siler Road  Santa Fe, NM  87507   |    505.471.7780
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DECEMBER 2016
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Thank you for your on-going dedication
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Kitchen Angels
and the community of Santa Fe.


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1 Year
Ginny Greninger
Tim Dolan
Gwen Warniment
Peter Mizrahi
Kathy Mizrahi
Erna Halewyn
Marcia Berridge
Mike Warren
Kay Condiss
Lino Flores
Ann Maxwell
Stan Cooper

5 Years
Russell Tims
Jocelyn Orner
Karen Wolfe-Mattison
Ada Browne

10 Years

Sandy Seehaver
Will Karp
Karen Kotch
Carol Bronstein
Paul Lange
Barbara Mellers 

IN MEMORIAM


Celebrating the lives of our volunteers and clients


Gary K.
Rafaelita C.
 

Every year at just this time, in cold and dark December, Families around the world all gather to remember,  
With presents and with parties, with feasting and with fun, Customs and traditions for people old and young.
~ Helen H. Moore
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Kitchenality's Holiday Boutique is in full swing, with loads of  lovely kitchen and entertainment items. There are so many fantastic reasons to do some of your holiday shopping at Kitchenality:
Buying used items keeps them out of landfills;   Recycling or re-using items means less new manufacturing, saving raw materials and lessening environmental impact;   Your money stays close to home, helping your local economy; Every dollar goes directly to Kitchen Angels' meal delivery service, helping to end hunger in New Mexico. 

The list goes on, but these reasons alone are enough to make anyone feel good about shopping at Kitchenality. Spread the word!


Alan & JoAnn delivering meals one snowy December
Snowy weather has finally arrived, and that means potentially slippery roads during meal delivery. Kitchen Angels delivers in all types of weather, because hunger doesn't take a day off. If any of our volunteers have 4-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicles and are willing to help out on snowy days, please contact Lauren in the office. She will place your name on the Inclement Weather Call List and contact you in case we need extra drivers on snow days. Thank you so much!

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We hear about this holiday tradition almost every time we turn on the radio or walk through a mall at this time of year - Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Sounds delicious and easy enough - right? Well it turns out there's a bit more to it than just tossing some nuts on the fire. Here's a nice article on the ins and outs of chestnut roasting . And here's a handy little video on the same topic.

How to roast chestnuts on an open fire
How to roast chestnuts on an open fire
 
We have the indigenous people of North America to thank for discovering one of the most delicious sweets known - maple syrup. December 17th is National Maple Syrup Day.  Take a moment and give thanks to our Native American brothers and sisters for this gift of the forests. Want to know more about the history of maple syrup? Click here!
 

Maple syrup soaked donut holes! 
Did you know that maple syrup is better for you than most of the other sweeteners out there thanks to a higher level of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants? Not that you need more reasons to indulge in maple syrup, but here's a great list of 8 Surprising Benefits of Maple Syrup.

Now that you're sold on this delicious treat, why not cook up some goodies in honor of National Maple Syrup Day. Here are 57 Magical Ways to Use Maple Syrup

Volunteer OpportunitiesVolunteerOpportunities 

We always welcome new volunteers! Here are our current opportunities:
  • Wednesday Driver, Route 14 (Eldorado)
  • Friday Driver, Route 8 (Mid-Airport Rd.)
  • Friday Driver, Route 18 (Agua Fria)
  • Substitute Drivers for every day of the week
  • Substitute Kitchen volunteers for every day of the week

 

Upcoming Volunteer Orientations

 

Wednesday, December 7th from 11:00 - 1:00

Wednesday, December 21st from 11:00 - 1:00

 

Please tell people who may be interested to call Lauren at 471-7780  

 

Continuing EducationContinuingEducation  

  Many of us have fond memories of cutting folded paper, then unfolding it to reveal a unique snow flake design. Some of us kids-at-heart still enjoy such things! Well did you know that December 27th is Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day? Now that we're adults, we can really impress people by using one of these special snowflake cutting templates. These beauties are works of art!

If you have some youngsters visiting for the holidays who are glued to their devices, show them the Make-a-Flake site. You're able to move virtual scissors around the screen to cut pieces out of a folded paper triangle. When you're happy with the cutting, click preview and watch as your snowflake unfolds. The possibilities are endless and will keep the kids occupied for at least five minutes!


As individuals who care deeply about issues regarding food security, it comes as no surprise that, even in our country of plenty, one in seven people goes hungry every day. This is ironic since the US wastes over one billion tons of food each year. Kitchen Angels does a phenomenal job of reducing waste by donating scraps, freezing extra meals, and using food before it goes bad. Thanks to everyone who assists us in this effort!

Have you heard about what the rest of the world is doing to help combat excessive food waste? The New York Times has a wonderful listing of various waste reduction efforts throughout the world. Take a look:
 
Harvard University outlines several innovative efforts taking place worldwide to minimize waste.

A pair of apps tackle the problem in two ways. One in San Francisco locates places with unused food so that it can be driven to shelters and churches. Another serving the European Union alerts consumers to deals on items nearing their expiration dates.

Inhospitable climates can also contribute to food waste. A solar-powered refrigerator has been used to preserve food in a particularly hot region of India.

Sometimes it's a matter of looks. Misshapen fruits and vegetables are often tossed. A company in Germany picks up "odd-looking" edibles and cooks them for catered events. Many French supermarkets offer discounts on "ugly" fruits and vegetables - sometimes as much as 30 percent.

The kitchen is also a focal point of a three-pronged program in Washington. Unemployed residents are trained to be chefs. Using unwanted food, they make meals for the homeless.

As for how we can reduce food waste at home, an expert offers a simple tip: Buy less and freeze more. Thanks to Kenneth R. Rosen for this information.
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! Thanks 

We had an incredible turnout of regular and visiting volunteers during Thanksgiving week. A huge round of applause goes to Sotheby's International Realty for their gift of both time and funds. We love seeing new faces in the kitchen and for delivery. Special thanks to our regular volunteers for making space and guiding people who were new to the kitchen. We couldn't do this without each of you, year round. We hope you all had a blessed, joyful Thanksgiving.

Even more thanks to our very own Teresa Norton, who worked to ensure the holiday week ran smoothly. She did a terrific job coordinating food preparation with a crew who was mostly new. We got rave reviews from our clients who wish Thanksgiving came every day at Kitchen Angels. Thank you Teresa, staff and selfless volunteers!


Kitchen Angels | 505-471-7780 | info@kitchenangels.org | http://www.kitchenangels.org
1222 Siler Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507