KITCHEN ANGELS | 1222 Siler Rd Santa Fe, NM 87507 | 505.471.7780
JULY 2022
Kitchen Angels is excited to announce our 30-Year Anniversary Benefit Concert at the Santa Fe Opera featuring Emmylou Harris.

A 14-time Grammy Award winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, Emmylou Harris’ contribution as a singer and songwriter spans 40 years. She has recorded more than 25 albums and has lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. In recognition of her remarkable career, Harris was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008 and earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 2018. She has sold more than 15 million records and garnering 14 Grammy Awards, three CMA Awards, and four Americana Music Awards.

A limited number of VIP tickets may be purchased for $275 through Kitchen Angels, 505-471-7780 x 204. Each VIP ticket includes Cantina Pre-Party, Orchestra Seating and Preferred Parking.

General seating tickets can be purchased through websites or Tickets are also available by phone through Hold My Ticket at 505-886-1251. Ticket prices range between $44 - $165, including all service charges.

Come help us celebrate 30 years of serving the Santa Fe community with this special event and the loveliest venue in Northern New Mexico. It'll be a night to remember!
The Volunteer Appreciation Picnic is Back!

Kitchen Angels' volunteer appreciation picnic will be held at ReUnity Resources on Sunday, July 31, 2022 from 12-3 pm. The informal picnic will be held outdoors under the historic cottonwood tree. There are tables and chairs, but you are also welcome to bring your own outdoor seating or a blanket to spread out.

If you arrive between 12-1, ReUnity Resources' farm stand will still be open for you to purchase fresh produce. ReUnity is located at 1829 San Ysidro Crossing. If there is water running through the Santa Fe river that day, the crossing will be closed off but you can access the farm from West Alameda.

While we won't be having a dessert contest this year, the food will be fabulous and the company even better! There will be live music, so put on your dancing shoes. A food truck will provide free food to Kitchen Angels volunteers. If you'd like to bring along a significant other, they are welcome, but will have to pay for their own food.

Please RSVP to Lauren no later than Sunday, July 24th so we know how many people to plan for. We can't wait to gather together and see your smiling faces!
Lauren is taking volunteer pictures in front of the painted angel wings during the month of July. If you don't have a picture up on the wall, please stop by her office either before or after your volunteer shift. We can't wait for you to join the wall of fame!
“Thanks to everyone at Kitchen Angels for taking such good care of me.” Arlene O.

“You’ve been lifesavers. We appreciate everything you’ve done for us.” Dan S.

“I’m deeply grateful for the food you’re providing. It’s helped me so much. The quality of the meals is excellent, delicious and nutritionally sound.” Rhett B.

“I have been a client on and off for quite a few years now. I’m dealing with multiple health issues that zap my energy and make it hard to use my hands and stand. I really, really appreciate the meals, the volunteers, and the wonderful staff at Kitchen Angels. The organization works for the community and for me personally. It's really helped me get through some tough times, including fears of the pandemic. So hats-off to everyone out there who is a volunteer or staff. Thank you so much!” Kate N.
Tasty Tidbits
Are you enjoying all of the foods of summer yet? Are you going to the Farmer's Market regularly to pick up fresh everything? Are you starting to see produce coming out of your own garden? We hope so! If the sheer volume of crisp-fresh produce isn't inspiration enough and you need a little nudge to help get you started preparing meals from summer's bounty, then here's some help. A Couple of Cooks prepared this gorgeous list of 55 Summer Recipes to Try this Season. Try the Three-Bean salad for a lunch-time protein hit to go alongside salads. It's always a winner.
Speaking of protein...many folks are reducing the amount of meat they eat each week. Turns out it's good for humans AND the planet! You might be interested to learn that Tuesday, July 26th is World Tofu Day. Click on the link to find out WAY more about this special day than you probably ever wanted to know.

Or, you can jump right in and celebrate by trying one of these 41 Tofu Recipes for Stir-Fries, Stews, Dips and More, compiled by our friends at Bon Appetit. Gone are the days of soggy, tasteless cubes of bean curd. There are so many ways to eat tofu, you'll never get bored of this versatile plant protein. Lauren eats a LOT of tofu, and here are her two favorite recipes: Korean-Inspired Crispy Tofu Tacos (yes, tofu can actually be crispy), and Warm Tofu with Spicy Dipping Sauce (fabulous with the blackened broccoli). That should save you time trying out sub-par recipes.

All hail TOFU!

What if tofu is just not your thing and you'd rather not celebrate a block of beans but still want to lay off the meat? How about the incredible, edible egg?

Check out this link for some guidance on how to prepare eggs. Just remember to add one solid minute because of our high-altitude.
Need someone else to run the experiments on how best to scramble an egg? That is literally what the internet is for. We can't vouch for the results, but the hot water whirlpool method is intriguing. Someone needs to try these 8 tricks and then report back!

Ultimately, who needs tricks when you have good, quality recipes to select from? The Modern Proper has you covered with The 45 Best Egg Recipes Ever. The pictures alone are to die for.
Delivery Volunteers (3:30-5:30)
  • Tuesday, route #16 (Far south Cerrillos Rd.)
  • Wednesday, route #5 (W. Alameda)
  • Substitutes M-F

Kitchen Volunteers
  • AM shifts (10-12) - Substitutes M-F
  • PM shifts (1-3) - Substitutes M-F

Delivery Prep Volunteers (1:00 - 4:15)
  • Substitutes M-F

Encore Bites Snack Bag Program
  • Tue, August 23 (10am-12pm) 2 Volunteers to load food into bags in warehouse
  • Tue, August 23 (3-5pm) 2 Volunteers to prep fresh food w/ kitchen manager
  • Wed, August 24 (1:30-3pm) 2 Volunteers to distribute snack bags in the delivery room

Information Table
  • We are seeking outgoing, friendly volunteers who are interested in staffing information tables at various events this summer and into fall. You would work with one or two other volunteers giving out information, telling people about Kitchen Angels, and signing up potential new volunteers. If you're interested, contact Lauren and she can give you further details. Thank you!
Continuing Education
Here we have more helpful kitchen tips that will be added to the new kitchen manual:

Hair Nets, Aprons & Gloves
  • When you put on a hair net, make sure it covers ALL of your hair, including your bangs. Those with long hair may find it easier to tie it up with a hair tie before putting on the hair net. You can re-use your hair nets by saving them in your bag/purse/wallet.
  • Please remove your apron BEFORE you leave the kitchen, especially if you need to use the restroom. Never wear your apron into the restroom.
  • Gloves must be changed frequently! Never wear them out of the kitchen, into the restroom, or while touching a phone. If you sneeze or touch your face or hair with your gloves, throw them in the glove recycling box, wash your hands again, and put on a fresh pair. Always change gloves when switching food prep stations to prevent cross-contamination.

Sanitation Buckets
  • Sanitize your work station after use. Do not use the rag and bucket from one station to clean another station. Again, the issue is cross-contamination.
  • Empty the sanitation buckets at the end of each shift.

  • When walking with a knife, always point the tip down to the ground and keep it close to the side of your leg.
  • Never gesture with a knife or walk with the tip pointing out.
  • Do not carry knives to the dish washing area on top of cutting boards. They can easily slide off the board and injure people while falling.
  • Never submerge a used knife into the dish water until you are ready to clean it. Leave it on the sink counter top where people can clearly see it. When you clean the knife, be cautious and always use a brush or scrubbing sponge.

If there's anything else you'd like to know more about in the kitchen, please contact Lauren or Joe.
Community Connections...
We are so grateful to Del Norte Credit Union for sponsoring client meals on the 4th of July. Thank you!

In addition to donating meals, DNCU also regularly donates insulated thermal bags. We utilize the thermal bags to deliver both hot and cold meals to our clients. With our frozen meal program, we deliver a week's worth of frozen meals to clients living outside the city limits. The hot meals are also delivered in thermal bags and go to our clients living within the daily delivery area.

Keeping approximately 150 thermal bags in circulation can be expensive, and having DNCU foot this bill is a considerable help to our organization.
We’d also like to thank Enterprise Bank for their $30,000 matching grant to celebrate our 30 Year Anniversary. The Kind World Foundation is fully matching the grant! They are a private family foundation that supports community enhancement and human services, among many other needs. We feel truly grateful to be the recipient of these generous donations.
Thank You
When Jeanette’s dad, Wilfried, went into hospice in June, she could not go home, as she had tested positive for COVID. Her brothers made trips to bring him the treats he craved.
Trained as a Hofzuckerbäcker (Head sugar chef) at Café Demel in Vienna and then spending the next 60 years working in the hotel and restaurant industry, great food was everything. During their last conversations, Wil reminisced about some of the amazing food he'd eaten in over 100 countries. His children grew up eating everything from chicken feet (chewy! licorice!), snails (nutty, and more garlic butter, please!) to calf brains with scrambled eggs (they loved it) to his amazing strudels and cakes.

Volunteers Alison and Kay Jenkins surprised Jeanette with a homemade Sacher Torte. Alison, the head chef at Arroyo Vino, made it for the first time. The (mostly) secret recipe is not a simple one, even for a gifted chef, but it is a gift to cook for people who are grieving and Kay and Allison are in all ways generous. Jeanette sliced the cake and shared it, a tasty memorial. When her family gathers for their father’s memorial, the meal will be perfect and will include a Sacher mit schlag (more whipped cream, please!).

When our “chef” is gone, we realize we will never have the thing they cooked just right. When our loved ones are ill or dying, food holds history, legacy and eventually, memory. At Kitchen Angels, we never know if the meal we are cooking and delivering may be someone’s last one. By putting our attention to it and intention into it, we make meals special for our clients.
We recently welcomed a few visiting volunteers to Kitchen Angels for special events and projects. The Miller family from Massachusetts just spent a few hours at Kitchen Angels in memory of their mother/grandmother Claudia Miller who used to volunteer with us. Kim Miller and her family assembled spices for "Jefe Joe's Spice Rubs." They filled and labeled tins, then sealed each one. We sell these spice rubs in Kitchenality, both individually and in gift packs of three.
Kim Miller and her family volunteering in memory of Kim's mother Claudia
Volunteering at her mother's favorite nonprofit was a heart-felt memorial. Cooking is such a meaningful way to express our love, to those who are still here and in need of nourishment, and in honor of those who are no longer with us.

1 Year
Phyllis Bolen
Mark Gayer
Gilbert Levy
Iana Mason
Jon McDonald
Bruce McReynolds
Tiller Russell
Sally Swisher


Celebrating the lives of our volunteers and clients.

Russell Tims
Yolanda A.
Susan F.
Connie A.
Diane C.
Nancy S.

Thank you for your on-going dedication and support of Kitchen Angels and the community of Santa Fe. Please forward this email to a friend. It's a great way to share our mission with new folks who may want to join our group.