Thursday, February 10, 2011

Hello, Change!

New lunch favorite: chicken tacos w/ cheese and salsa 

Hi All, Happy New Year! Sorry it's been such a long time since my last post.  For the last three months, I've been quite busy: I got married, and I'm preparing to open my own food business this spring.  However, I would like to continue blogging about school lunch.  
30 pounds of locally-sourced roasted butternut squash

Change is the current theme in my school kitchen, and my six-person staff is accustomed (and perhaps a bit wary) of this.  As the new director of food services, I have implemented some drastic changes.  I'm proud of how far the kitchen has come in five months, and I'd like to share the successes and failures.         

Chicken and veggie stir-fry, a tough dish to make for 500
So, here's a preview of some future blog entries that will be coming your way: 
-lessons learned at a School Nutrition Association conference
-making homemade mac and cheese 
-working with a local burger company to bring well-raised and locally-source burgers to my school
-the search for quality processed products
-testing and standardizing recipes for 500 
-and of course, lots of pictures and info about changes to my school lunch menu, including menu items pictured above


  1. Ali,

    Welcome back. Congratulations on the wedding. I wish you all the best. I look forward to your future postings, as they sound quite interesting. Finally, the chicken and veggie stir-fry dish looks absolutely fantastic as a school lunch. Trying to determine how to divide it into the serving trays and then portioning it onto plates would be quite a challenge indeed. I look forward to reading about it. Bob, in Virginia

  2. Mmm that butternut squash looks delicious! Go girl!

  3. Hi Ali, It's been a long time but I still check to see what you've been up to. Sounds like theres a lot of exciting things in the works. I can't wait to hear about them all!

    Laura, MCCPS


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