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Archive for November, 2012

Sandwich Bar Menu for 11-28-12

Wednesday Evening Meal

Calvary Lutheran Church

November 28, 2012

4:45 – 6:15 pm

Members and Visitors are welcome to join us for dinner.

Suggested Donation $4  per person


Build Your Own Sandwich Bar:

BBQ Chopped Beef

Sliced Smoked Brisket

Baked Ham

Hot Dogs

Calico Baked Beans

Assorted Chips

New Orleans Style Coleslaw

Rootbeer Floats and Ice Cream Bars

Best Ever Brownies

Monica of A Beautiful Mess is the host for the Best Ever Brownies this week (November 20th).

The bittersweet and unsweetened chocolate are melted in the top of a double boiler, mixed with sugar, then with the egg and sugar mixture.  The dry ingredients are gently folded in last.  This super rich chocolate batter is then spread into the pan and baked for 26 minutes…and walla… Best Ever Brownies!  We agreed that they are pretty darn good, if not the best ever.  “Chocolatey,” “rich,” and preferred in a taste test by a toddler over banana bread (see photo evidence below).






Thanksgiving Dinner and Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

Happy Thanksgiving from the Wednesday meal team! We hope you enjoyed our turkey and that you will enjoy some family time next week. See you back in the church dining room on Nov. 28th.

Well, another great turnout for dinner, education and worship at Calvary Lutheran Church last night.  We served 600 meals of turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans and cupcakes in four flavors.  What goes into preparing a Thanksgiving feast for 600 people?  Here’s a short synopsis:

On Monday morning the Sysco order arrives on the delivery truck and the cooking begins.  120 pounds of sweet potatoes are washed, baked, peeled and mashed.  These go into the refrigerator to await becoming a casserole on Wednesday.  Also on Monday, chicken breasts are cooked and shredded for the dressing and the broth is saved for making gravy.

On Tuesday morning, a volunteer group of 10 show up at 9:30 ready to cook.  By 1:00 they have prepared 14 large pans of homemade cornbread, 74 dozen cupcakes, rinsed and brined all the turkeys, and  set up the serving tables in the dining room.


20 boneless turkey breasts and 12 whole turkeys are ready to spend the night in the refrigerator in buckets and pans of seasoned brine on Tuesday morning.

Lemon, vanilla, chocolate and pumpkin cupcakes are baked on Tuesday.

On Wednesday morning at 7am, the smoker gets fired up with wood and charcoal by Kim Balay, and the turkeys get seasoned and buttered and go into the smoker for about 7 hours.  Thanks to Dan Ferber for manning the smoker from 8am to noon.  At 1:00, more volunteers arrive and the many recipes are divided up.  The dressing is mixed up by hand and put into the oven to bake for an hour and a half, the sweet potato casserole is whipped up in the mixer and it goes into the oven too.  The gravy is made and put into roasters to keep warm.

Cornbread dressing ingredients lined up and ready to be mixed.

The frosting is made and the cupcake extravaganza begins…

888 cupcakes frosted in under an hour!

A fine team of turkey carvers made short work of all that turkey just before dinnertime on Wednesday…

A little break from turkey carving before dinner starts

The cupcakes are ready to go


At 4:15, Connie has the water boiling and she begins cooking 96 pounds of green beans.  The potato pearls are mixed with hot water, cream cheese and sour cream and put into the insulated warmers.  And then dinner is served:

Recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole for 6 servings:

Sweet Potato Casserole:  6 servings

3 cups baked, peeled and mashed sweet potatoes (about 1 ½#)

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 eggs lightly beaten

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup melted butter



1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup flour

1/3 cup melted butter

1 cup chopped pecans (optional)


Combine first 6 ingredients.  Pour into a buttered 2 qt. casserole dish.  Mix remaining ingredients together and sprinkle over top.  Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes until hot and browned.



Sweet Potato Casserole for a Crowd:

Sweet Potato Casserole  300 servings

12 half size disposable pans, ½ cup per serving, approx 24 servings per pan


140 cups mashed sweet potatoes (120# sweet potatoes, baked and peeled)

15 cups brown sugar  (5#, lightly packed)

80 eggs lightly beaten (6 dozen plus 8)

15 TBSP vanilla

12 1/2 cups whole milk (or more if needed)

5#  melted butter


Divide into 5 batches to combine in mixer.  Beat until smooth.

28 cups sweet potatoes

3 cups brown sugar

16 eggs, lightly beaten

3 TBSP vanilla

2 ½ cups whole milk

1# melted butter


Pour into a buttered  pans.  Bake at 325 for 45 min until hot.   Mix topping ingredients together and sprinkle over top.  Bake an additional 30 minutes to brown.

Topping:  (Add after 45 min of cooking so top doesn’t burn)

8 cups brown sugar (5 1/3# lightly packed)

4 cup flour

1 1/2# melted butter

Menu for Nov. 14, 2012

Wednesday Evening Meal

Calvary Lutheran Church

November 14, 2012

4:45 – 6:15 pm

Members and Visitors are welcome to join us for dinner.

  Suggested Donation $4 per person


Smoked Turkey (thanks to Tony Balay, Lone Star Smoke Rangers)

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Sweet Potato Casserole

Cornbread Dressing

Green Beans

A Cupcake Extravaganza

Roast Beef Dinner and White Pie Recipe

Great turnout for the roast beef dinner last night!  We served 600 people using 300 pounds of eye of round roasts, 72 pounds of fresh broccoli, 600 baked potatoes, 720 dinner rolls, and 80 pies.  There were hardly any leftovers!  Glad you could come to dinner and stay around for worship and education classes afterward.  That’s what this dinner ministry is all about:  serving food and fellowship in the midst of praising and worshiping God.

We can always use more volunteers, both in the dining room on Wednesdays, and in the kitchen on Tuesday mornings (9:30-12:30) and Wednesdays (1:00-8:00).

 No experience necessary!

Cooking is Fun! If you can stir a pot or chop an onion you’re qualified! Sign up today. Call Karen at 484-4858 or email at

I’ve had recipe requests for the chocolate pie and the white pie we served this week.  The chocolate pie recipe is on a previous post, so go to the link and find it there:  Ash Wednesday Meal Recipes

Here’s the recipe for “White Pie”.  It may have other names, but it’s Uncle Rick’s favorite, and it’s always been called White Pie in our family.


1 9″ graham cracker crumb crust
1 8 oz package cream cheese
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whip it up in the mixer! Pour into the crust. Refrigerate at least 3 hours (if you can wait that long!)  Top with coolwhip if desired.

Sorry, no photos available (I was too busy cooking on Wednesday!)


Menu November 7, 2012


Calvary Lutheran Church

November 7, 2012

4:45 – 6:15 pm

All members and visitors welcome to join us for dinner.

 Suggested Donation is $4 per person.

We invite you to stay for the Worship Service from 6:30-7:00.

 Gathering music with the band begins at 6:20


Roast Beef

Baked Potatoes

Steamed Fresh Broccoli

Dinner Rolls

Chocolate Cream or White Pie

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