Chili or Stew, What Appeals to You? Cook-Off Ideas:
November is known for the feasts around Thanksgiving? But who does the cooking for those? Not likely the boys in your unit. But how are they going to learn to put together some delicious meals?
Chapelgate Presb. CSB 6468 has an annual Cook-Off in which each Battalion member is encouraged to prepare a certain, usually one pot meal. He takes an idea, gets help from a parent at home for the ingredients, cooks the meal at home, serves the family, and makes enough for a second presentation for a taste test competition at Battalion on a scheduled meeting.
Here’s a sampling of their current plan for a Stew Cook-Off on a Tuesday night in mid-November:
We will hold our Stew Cook-off next week during our Tuesday night meeting. Below are your instructions. Note, this is an activity for you to gain experience in planning, cooking, following instructions, etc. Don’t shortchange yourself by asking some else to do this for you. If you need help, ask, but lead the activity yourself.
1. Choose a stew recipe from whatever source you’d like. Family recipe, Internet Sensation, make up your own, it’s up to you.
2. Get your ingredients and cook your stew at home sometime before Tuesday, November 16th. Making enough for a family meal will bless your moms so consider that but have enough left to bring for everyone to taste. Maybe 2 to 3 ounces per person. For 15 people, that’s 4 to 5 cups.
3. Follow safe food handling in prep and storage throughout. Clean hands for cooking. Hot foods at 140°F or greater, cold foods at 40°F or lower. Limit total time between 40°F and 140°F to 2 hours.
4. On Tuesday, November 16th, bring the following
a. Your stew, refrigerated, in an appropriate container.
b. Crock Pot or other means to heat your stew.
c. A spoon for serving your stew.
d. A bowl and spoon to use for tasting other stew dishes.
e. A cup for water to clean your pallet between tastings.
f. stew can be chicken, venison, or beef (if you have other you can also do that, these are just suggestions)
5. When you come on Tuesday, set up your heating device and get things going so they are heated appropriately.
6. We’ll give everyone a number and do our best to make it a blind vote to crown the winner.
7. All may eat stew.
8. This is open to all Brigadiers, Adult Leaders, and Dads so there should be plenty for everyone.
9. If you don’t bring stew you will be disqualified (still can vote but can’t win because you don’t have stew)
Samples of a Chili Cook-Off. You can almost taste it!
Great idea Arden! Thanks for sharing. Our battalion has incorporated a meal time from 6pm-6:30 before we start the actual program. That has been a great time to have the guys think about serving by providing food.
It has also been a great time for conversations and time to connect relationally that can be hard as the program zips through each night.