Now that our OAMC day is over, I can take a deep breath and exhale a sigh of relief! I'm happy to report that all eight women went home with 12-16 meals to feed their families yesterday, all of which took less than 5 hours to prep, assemble, and clean.
Suzanne, Shelley and Teresa cavort in the kitchen...it was all work...and some chit-chat, too!
Ginger and Tracy face off at the cooking stations...we used every available inch of space!
I was really intimidated by the thought of eight people in one kitchen, but with all the preparation and organization, there was plenty to do. Having all those hands turned out to be a blessing!
Even with a nice big kitchen, the dining room table was pressed into service as a prep station.
Our final cost per family came out to about $72...a bargain for so many great meals!
We tried the Sausage-Stuffed Shells last night and they were absolutely delicious! The Loaded Spuds were a hit with Teresa's family. Both of these recipes are from You've Got It Made, by Diane Phillips.
(I have a confession to make...I burned the first batch of 40 potatoes. That was my only do-ahead job - well, besides planning and coordinating everything - and I botched it! We had to buy 40 more potatoes on C-Day...added cost: $16 on the total bill...I was completely prepared to foot the bill, but these awesome ladies are so gracious, they insisted it be added to the total. They are so classy!)
Our saucy lady, Rachel, whips up a rue...well, about 4 batches of rue. Then she took on the parmesan cream sauce for the shells. She swears standing over the stove is great because she gets a nice steam facial...I'm glad someone enjoys it!
I can't wait to do it again, ladies! (Especially since I don't have to coordinate it next time!!!)
For the list of meals we prepared, see my previous post "OAMC: What IS that?"