Kitchen Angels   |   1222 Siler Road  Santa Fe, NM  87507   |   505.471.7780
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NOVEMBER 2020
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Thank you for your on-going dedication and support of Kitchen Angels and the community of Santa Fe.

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1 Year
Linda Reid
Kathye Segala
 
 5 Years
Joni Neutra
Ruth Omlin

10 Years 
Susan Kilkenny
Tim Kilkenny
Carleen Miller
 

"A few days ago I walked along the edge of the lake and was treated to the crunch and rustle of leaves  
with each step I made. The acoustics of this season are different and all sounds, no matter how hushed,  are as crisp as autumn air."   
~Eric Sloane 
AnnouncementsAnnouncements
 
 
There's still time to donate to the Spirit of Giving! We have had some generous funding so far, but we still have a ways to go to reach our goal. We have 200 clients for whom we will be purchasing gift baskets, at $50 apiece. Our clients love to be remembered during the holiday season. They talk and write about their gratitude for months into the new year. Click here to make a donation. Thank you all!
 
 

Kurt and Caroline - Thanksgiving 2016 
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we need to know who will be here and who would like to take a well-earned rest for the week. As is our custom, we invite community members to volunteer the week of Thanksgiving. Since we have special circumstances this year, we won't be inviting visiting volunteers into the kitchen, but will allow them to assist with meal delivery.  
 
The Lyons cooking Thanksgiving dinner back in 2018 
Please look ahead at your Thanksgiving week plans and let Lauren know ASAP if you are going to be in town and want to stay on your shift, or if you will be traveling or would like to take the week off. The sooner Lauren knows, the easier it will be for her to schedule the shifts accordingly.  
 
Here's how the schedule will look for the weeks of Nov. 16 and 23:  
 
November 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25: Normal volunteer shift  times for the kitchen. We are seeking two extra volunteers for morning kitchen shifts (10-12) on each of the days. Sign up in the volunteer room or with Lauren.
 
November 26th (Thanksgiving Day):  
  • One kitchen shift (8am - 11:30pm) 10 volunteers in total - 8 meal assemblers, 2 dotters
  • Delivery Prep shift (10am - 1:30pm) 4 volunteers in total - 2 meal runners, 2 traffic details
  • Meal Delivery shift (12:15 - 12:45pm) 23 volunteer drivers
November 27th (Black Friday): Kitchen Angels is CLOSED!   
 
Tasty TidbitsTastyTidbits

Throughout the pandemic one trend has been evident all over social media: people are baking bread. The warm yeasty smell and chewiness of homemade bread can make anybody happy, but making your own bread can cause a lot of frustration. From problems with dead yeast, to sourdough starters that won't start, or dough that won't rise, breadmaking is a craft honed by lots of practice. So how to begin? Bon Appetit has thirty-three bread recipes that you can try including recipes for naan, rolls, and sweet breads.  
 
 Bon Appetit's Best Bread recipe  is slightly more complicated and requires a "poolish" or a pre-fermented mixture not unlike a sourdough starter. Baking with poolish can be a little intimidating so the blog Sourdough and Olives has an entry defining the ins and outs of poolish. Once mastered, a bread made with this added step is more flavorful and has a better texture. The author of Sourdough and Olives also says that making a poolish is just as easy as making pancake batter. 

In Santa Fe, bread bakers also have to worry about altitude. Check out this handy guide from Epicurious if you have any questions about high-altitude baking. Now . . . bake!
 
If you start now, you might perfect that bread with enough time to serve a fresh loaf at Thanksgiving dinner. But what is Thanksgiving going to look like this year? Getting together with family members, traveling, even going to the grocery store are all normal holiday activities that we have to think twice about. 

The New York Times and Retail Me Not both have guides for celebrating Thanksgiving 2020. Our favorite: sending food to family members or friends we can't see during the holiday.  
 
If you're the only cook in the kitchen this year, here are some tips for streamlining your Thanksgiving dinner prep.
 
Spending the holiday solo or Zooming with some friends, doesn't mean you should skimp on the food. Here is a one-pan recipe with all your Thanksgiving favorites. We're ready for some turkey.
Volunteer OpportunitiesVolunteerOpportunities 

We always welcome new volunteers! Here are our current opportunities:

Delivery Drivers (4:30 - 6:30pm) (Remember, the time will be changing November 9)
  • Friday permanent drivers 

Substitute Delivery Volunteers

  • Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Delivery Room Preparation Volunteers
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
  • Substitutes
Thermal Bag Sanitizing Volunteers
  • Mondays
  • Substitutes
Frozen Meal Program / Meal Counts Substitute

 

Our long-time volunteer Juliana does a LOT for us! She is here three days a week setting up our delivery room, preparing the entree checklists, and filling bags for the frozen meal program. That's a lot for one volunteer to handle! 

 

We are looking for a volunteer to learn the ropes from her and be available to step if Juliana is unable to make it to her shift for any reason. We like to have plenty of back-up volunteers just in case. With all the curve balls 2020 has thrown us, we're not taking any chances. If you would like to train to be a substitute for this position, please speak with Lauren and we will schedule you on a day when Juliana is here. Thanks!

Thanksgiving Kitchen Preparation

In order to keep volunteer numbers in the kitchen to a minimum, we must plan ahead for all of the prepping and cooking a Thanksgiving feast for 200 clients. We will be recruiting two extra volunteers each day during the AM kitchen shifts from November 16 through November 25. If you would like to help cook Thanksgiving meals this year, please contact Lauren or sign up on the sheet in the volunteer room. 

 

We're so thankful for our kitchen volunteers!

 

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

 

Continuing EducationContinuingEducation  

 
November is Native American Heritage Month, also called American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. It's a time to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, contributions, and histories of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and American Pacific Islanders.  
 
Santa Fe is one of the few places in the country with museums dedicated to the history of Native America. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts are both great resources for learning about the history of Native peoples and also what Native art and culture look like in the twenty-first century. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture especially has a lot of online exhibitions that are easily accessible to those wanting to learn more and also for remote-learning students who might need ideas for school projects.
 
It is also an appropriate month to learn the history behind the celebration of Thanksgiving. Most of what people know about Thanksgiving - Pilgrims and Native Americans sharing a peaceful meal foreshadowing the birth of American love and democracy - is a myth. Native historian and author Philip Deloria lays out the actual history of Thanksgiving, turning the myth upside down, in his article The Invention of Thanksgiving.  Just be warned: it's not a pretty history and centers around colonialism and bloodshed.
 
Because of this history, it is even more important that we learn and honor Native American history and culture. One way to do that is through food. Here are twenty-five delicious recipes that stem from Native American tradition.If you're in Albuquerque, you can always stop by the Pueblo Cultural Center for a bit of takeout.
Community Connections

There's a wonderful organization we'd like to tell you about. The Community Desk Project is a  non-profit whose sole purpose it to provide desks so young learners have a personal space to study and learn. Volunteers build simple, sturdy desks, sanded and ready to be painted and decorated. The desks are presented to students free of change so kids can have a space that is uniquely personal while they are schooling from home.  
 
Our volunteer Chuck Zobac has been volunteering with the Community Desk Project and wants to get the word out. If you know a school-aged child who would like to receive a desk, please direct them to the request page.  
 
We think this is a great little project and there are plenty of deserving kids out there who could use a nice space where they can do their homework. 
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! Thanks 

When COVID hit our state back in March, Kitchen Angels had to rethink all of our volunteer processes. Back then, there was a lot we still didn't know about the virus - how it spread, and how long it lived on surfaces. One of the biggest changes we made was switching from large thermal boxes to the thermal tote bags that can easily be sanitized. Some of you might not know that we have volunteers who come in each day 
Waylan sanitizing the Wednesday bags
to make sure the bags are all sanitized before we load them up with entrees. 
It's not the most glamorous job, but it's very important, and we couldn't deliver meals to so many people without this work getting done.  
 
Elder Johnson is serving a mission through his church community and sanitizes bags for us on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Elder is nothing if not thorough. He takes this task very seriously, and it shows. Greg and Waylan take turns cleaning bags on Wednesdays, when all of our frozen meal bags come back to be detailed. They have a huge job, and rise to the occasion. Bunny finishes up the week, making sure all of the bags are sorted and ready to roll for the next week. The picture wouldn't be complete without the reigning queen of bag cleanliness, Trish Bellia. Trish has been with us since the start and has helped evolve our sanitizing process into the efficient system it is today. No matter what state the bags are in, when Trish leaves her shift, they are all perfectly clean and ordered.  
 
Thanks to each of our bag sanitizing volunteers who are working behind the scenes to make sure we're placing our delicious meals into sparkling clean bags for transport.   
 
 
John K. picking up meals for delivery on a snowy day. 
We want to extend our deepest heartfelt gratitude to our force of 280 volunteers who show up week after week throughout the year to fulfill Kitchen Angels' mission. As our organization has grown over the years, so has our number of volunteers. We have welcomed many visiting groups from the community, but our number of "regular" volunteers has remained remarkably stable. It's these 280 volunteers who keep us trucking along through the dark of the winter, the wind of the spring, the heat and rain showers of the summer, and the golden glow of autumn. We simply couldn't manage this complicated process without each of you showing up and doing your part. 

In the words of Margaret Meade, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Together, we're changing our little corner of the world.
Kitchen Angels | 505-471-7780 | info@kitchenangels.org | http://www.kitchenangels.org
1222 Siler Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507