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Friday, May 7, 2010

What I learned in the Cafeteria

Another week has passed. Only two work days remain until my little stint as cafeteria manager is over and all I have to say about that is hallelujah.
Here's what I learned this week:
  • Gravy. I enjoy gravy, but I don't often make it. What I know about gravy is that if you are going to make it from instant, you better make it ssssllllllooooowwww. So I said I think we should bring the water to a boil and add that packet gradually. This was translated into dump the packet into water and put it in the steamer. For added spice, cook the whisk too. I kid you not....the sub cooked the whisk in the gravy which congealed to the bottom of the pan in the cement-like gravy.
  • Boss's boss. If you are having a shitty day, it is likely that your boss's boss will visit. She will see the gravy/whisk disaster. She will find should-be-frozen cookies mixed in with your dry stock. She will come to learn that your sub made enough mashed potatoes to feed a small Haitian village. She will inform you one day too late that there were 'special' muffins for staff appreciation day and that you weren't supposed to serve the not-Panera-like muffins reserved for Muffins with Mom.
  • Grandparents day. An order with enough chicken patties for the kids as well as any grandparents they may or may not bring will completely fill the freezer. I almost needed a ladder to find the frozen blueberries today.
  • Muffins with Mom. Setting up muffins, juice and coffee for 300 plus by 8 a.m. in the morning is a piece of cake as long as I have my 6 year old and my 8 year old helping. No one could ask for more eager employees.

In fact, I'm wondering if my 8 year old could have made the gravy better. At least she would have followed the directions...

7 random thoughts:

Anonymous said...

love gravy too....makes me think of the Gordon ramsey episode when he started a campaign to bring back

Anonymous said...

Haha! Yeah, your 8 yo probably woulda done a better job. What a nightmare. Kudos to you for even tackling that job. I have MUCHO respect for lunch ladies, you guys rock!

Jenners said...

I love a little whisk in my gravy!

Becca said...

A whisk in the gravy? What in the world?! I think you are definitely right about the kiddos doing a better job!

Gina said...

Our lunch ladies always seem calm and composed...your blog has been an eye-opener for me. And thanks for your sweet comment about how you'd make me fries if I worked at your school. I would have run back in the kitchen and hugged you. You know, if I was allowed back there.

Janis said...

I hope you had a nice Mother's Day! What a daily adventure you have. I post my first ever challenge on my blog. I know you are always so busy, but if you have time, I'd love for you to participate. :) Hugs Janis

Pearl said...

Good Gravy! as my grandmother used to say.


Nice post!


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