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Orange Chicken, Mandarin Cake and Oriental Slaw Recipes

Last week’s recipes were requested by a blog follower and fellow church cook.  We served 375 people with Orange Chicken with an Asian vegetable blend, Oriental Coleslaw with Ramen Noodles, the weekly salad bar, and Mandarin Orange Cake for dessert. I’ll start with dessert first, because life’s too short not to…

Mandarin Orange Cake

Serves 40 in 12x20x2 inch cake pan, cut 8×5.

Make 14 times for 540 pieces (total ingredients needed is in parentheses)



This recipe makes one 12x20x2 inch pan or two 9×11 inch pans

2 boxes (18.25 Oz. Box) Yellow Cake Mix, any brand will do (28 boxes total)

8 oz Margarine, Softened  (7#)

28 oz Mandarin Oranges, drained, 1 Cup Juice Reserved (4 #10 cans)

8 whole Eggs  (9 dozen plus 4)

2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract



8 oz Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix  (4 28oz packages)

40 oz Crushed Pineapple, Juice Reserved  (6 #10 cans)

1 cups Powdered Sugar  (14 cups)

8 ounces, fluid Frozen Whipped Topping (such As Cool Whip) (7 16oz containers)

Extra Mandarin Orange Slices, For Garnish



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For the cake, combine cake mix, margarine, 1 cup juice from the mandarin oranges, eggs, and vanilla. Beat for four minutes on medium-high. Add drained oranges and beat again until pieces are broken up and small. Pour batter into greased and floured 12x20x2 inch baking pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown and set. Remove from oven and cool completely.


Once cake is cool, blend juice from drained pineapples with the vanilla pudding mix. Add powdered sugar and mix, then mix in whipped topping. Stir in drained pineapple. Spread on cooled cake and refrigerate several hours.

To serve, cut cake into squares and top each square with a mandarin orange slice.



Crispy Orange Chicken

 450 servings 

Mix the following ingredients in large pots, bring to simmer:

3 gallons orange juice

24 cups brown sugar

9 cups orange marmalade (about 72 ounces)

6 cups soy sauce

½ cup parsley

4 Tbsp chili flakes

4 Tbsp minced garlic

2 Tbsp dried thyme

Mix 3 cups cornstarch with 3 cups cold water.  Add to sauce and whisk.  Simmer until thick.  Remove from heat and add:

3 cups rice vinegar.


130 # tempura breaded frozen chicken breast nuggets or strips, cooked in oven at 350* for 20-30 minutes until 165* and lightly browned.  Toss chicken with orange sauce. Keep warm until served, and if the crust becomes a little soggy, as ours did after sitting in the warming oven over 45 minutes, return to 350* oven for 5-10 minutes to crisp up again.

Serve with rice if desired and mixed vegetables. For 450 servings, we used three 30# cases frozen Sysco Stir fry Vegetable Blend, quickly cooked in boiling water. Have extra orange sauce and soy sauce available on the serving table for the rice and vegetables.



Oriental Coleslaw

12 servings

Mix together just before serving so noodles don’t get soggy:

16 oz  pre-shredded coleslaw mix

4 green onions, thinly sliced (about ½ cup)

1 3 oz pkg chicken or oriental flavored Ramen noodles, broken up

½ cup slivered almonds, toasted

½ cup sunflower kernels


Whisk dressing ingredients together:

½ cup vegetable oil

¼  cup vinegar

1 TBSP sugar

1/8 tsp pepper

Flavor packet from Top Ramen noodles


400 Servings:

30# coleslaw mix

16 cups green onions

33 pkgs ramen noodles

16 cups slivered almonds

16 cups sunflower kernels

16 cups vegetable oil

8 cups vinegar

1 cup sugar

4 TBSP pepper

33 flavor pkts from noodles



What We’ve Been Up to Lately…

The last meal before the Christmas break was a lively one.  We served 620 diners with 260 pounds of honey-bourbon glazed pork loin roasts, 30 pans of potato casserole, spinach salad, dinner rolls and 72 dozen cupcakes.  After dinner, we had a wonderful live nativity service with singing angels, friendly beasts, and appearances by shepards, wisemen and the Holy Family.  It was an evening filled with the spirit of Christmas.

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Here’s a recipe for our homemade vanilla bean cupcakes.  We think these are more flavorful and less likely to fall apart than the ones from a mix. We topped them off with Gold Medal Vanilla Cream Ready to Use Icing from Sysco and Christmas candies.


Vanilla Bean Cupcakes: 16 dozen (192)

20 cups all-purpose flour
6 TBSP plus 2 tsp baking powder
4 teaspoons baking soda
4 teaspoons salt
12 cups white sugar
16 eggs
16 egg whites
2# butter, melted and cooled
5 1/3 cups buttermilk
10 TBSP vanilla bean paste

Heat the oven to 350 F and line muffin pans with paper liners.

In a bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Whisk until well blended.

In mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until well combined and lighter in color.  Add the eggs and beat until completely incorporated into the butter mixture.  Beat in the buttermilk.

Add dry ingredients to wet, mixing just until combined and no large lumps remain.  Fill paper cups about 3/4’s full and bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until the cakes spring back when pressed gently in the center.  Allow the cakes to cool in the pan for five minutes then carefully transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

After the Christmas break, we started off the year with a Sloppy Joe Dinner, complete with Tater Tots, a crunchy Broccoli Salad, a nice fresh fruit salad and lots of homemade cookies.


Here are a couple of these recipes that are really easy to make for a large crowd.  The Sloppy Joe recipe we used can be found here in a previous post:  Sloppy Joes for a Crowd

Broccoli Salad

350 servings, ½ cup each

24 lb. broccoli florets

150 slices Fully Cooked Bacon, cut into bite-sized pieces and fried on the griddle until crispy

12 cups raisins

5 cups finely chopped red onion

6 cups Sunflower Kernels


14 Cups Mayonnaise

2 Cup Vinegar

7 cups Sugar

TOSS broccoli, bacon, raisins, onion and sunflower kernels in large bowl.

ADD dressing; mix lightly. Cover.

REFRIGERATE at least 30 minutes or until ready to serve. Mix lightly just before serving.

Fruit Salad with Banana Dressing

450 1 cup servings

 450 cups cut-up fruit, approximately 85 pounds of fresh fruit

Blueberries, fresh or frozen (10#), Bananas (10# peeled and sliced), Strawberries, fresh or frozen (15#), Cantaloupe (16# peeled and sliced), Honeydew Melon (16# peeled and sliced), Mango spears (16# cut up)

For the dressing:

25 bananas, peeled and sliced

4 32oz containers lemon or vanilla low-fat or Greek yogurt

2 ½ cups sugar

¾ cups lemon juice

Blend bananas, lemon yogurt, sugar and lemon juice in blender until smooth. Chill dressing for up to 2 hours. Toss with fruit to serve.

And then last week, we served 450 with Breakfast for Dinner, including 1000 homemade pancakes, 32 pans of Egg and Hashbrown Potato Casserole, 36 quarts of yogurt with fruit and granola, 1400 link sausages, fruit smoothies, 300 mini cinnamon rolls and 400 danishes.

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Here’s the recipe we used for the egg bake this year. (I personally cracked open most of those 42 dozen eggs!)

Egg and Potato Breakfast Casserole

Makes 32 half size disposable foil pans: 512 servings if cut 4×4 for 16 servings per pan

The amount for each pan is listed first, with the total amount for all 32 pans in parentheses

16 large eggs   (42 2/3 dozen eggs)

1 cup whole milk   (2 gallons)

2# frozen hash brown potatoes   (64#)

2 cup diced red and green peppers   (64 cups)

½ cup diced onions   (32 cups)

2 tsp minced garlic   (1 1/3 cups)

2 TBSP Dijon mustard   (4 cups)

1 tsp salt  (32 tsp)

1/2 tsp black pepper  (16 tsp)

2 ½ cups cheddar cheese   (96 cups, approx. 20#)

Saute’ onions and peppers in olive oil. In a half size disposable buttered pan, layer 1# of the potatoes, then the peppers and onions, then 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese. Spread remaining hash browns over top. Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl and add salt, pepper, mustard and garlic. Pour over the potatoes. Cover, refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Heat oven to 325*. Uncover; bake 60 minutes or until 165*. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese. Bake 3-5 minutes longer.

So that’s what we’ve been up to in the Calvary Kitchen.  Coming up this week: Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes.  Next week:  Spiral Sliced Ham and Broccoli Rice Casserole.  See you in church!

Photos and Recipes from October 1st Dinner

Great attendence of 550 last night for our BBQ dinner at Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid City, SD.

Great attendence of 550 last night for our BBQ dinner at Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid City, SD.

The menu was BBQ pulled pork or brisket, salad bar, southern style baked beans, apples and caramel dip, and carrot cake.  Some of these recipes (or links to the recipes) will follow at the end of this post.

The menu was BBQ pulled pork or brisket, salad bar, southern style baked beans, apples and caramel dip, and carrot cake. Some of these recipes (or links to the recipes) will follow at the end of this post.

These guys like to come early and get the window seat.

These guys like to come early and get the window seat.

Our food seemed to agree with everyone of all ages tonight.

The menu gets a thumbs up from all age groups tonight. We love seeing these happy faces on Wednesday nights.


Kitchen clean up is under control. Did you know that Calvary’s Kitchen received a 100% on a surprise health inspection this week?


The key to our success…we enjoy each other’s company and keep smiling!


Pork or beef?


…she chooses the pork!

Our hard working volunteers are a dedicated bunch.  These 2 keep the drinks filled up, which isn't an easy job.  Each week we go through 500 half-pints of milk, 12 gallons or more of lemonade, 12 gallons of water, and 6 gallons of iced tea.

Our hard working volunteers are a dedicated bunch. These 2 keep the drinks filled up, which isn’t an easy job. Each week we go through 500 half-pints of milk, 12 gallons or more of lemonade, 12 gallons of water, and 6 gallons of iced tea.


Just hanging out in the kitchen waiting for the dirty dishes to come rolling in.



New Orleans Style Coleslaw

40# shredded cabbage with carrots (2 20# cases)

10# shredded carrots

12 bunches green onions (about 160 onions)

12 bunches celery, about 80 stalks

26 cups mayonnaise

8 cups buttermilk

6 cups maple syrup

2 cup apple cider vinegar

salt and pepper to taste

chopped pecans (Optional)

Mix all vegetables. Whisk dressing ingredients, toss with vegetables. Salt and pepper to taste.

The Carrot Cake recipe can be found here in a previous post: Calvary Carrot Cake Recipe

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

This little cutie was licking her frosting off her cake as she walked back to her table!

This little cutie was licking the frosting off the cake as she walked back to her table. She proclaimed it to be “Delicious!”

Broccoli Rice Casserole Recipe for 500

This is the broccoli rice casserole recipe we served at church last week.  The recipe has been perfected over the last 7 years of making it for our Wednesday night meals.  The original recipe for 6-8 servings can be found here  Broccoli Rice Casserole   A blog follower from a church in Rockwall, Texas requested the large quantity recipe to try for their Wednesday meal.  Enjoy!




Broccoli Rice Casserole

Serves 480. Makes 24 half size pans, 12x10x2 ½. Approx. 20 servings per pan.

Total ingredients needed:

168 cups cooked rice (about 27# uncooked long grain rice)

35# frozen chopped broccoli, boiled or steamed until hot but still crisp

15 cups raw chopped onions (or about 5# diced frozen onions)

10 cups raw chopped celery (or about 3 pkgs celery hearts)

1# butter (or more if needed) to sauté onions and celery, or use vegetable oil

7 50 oz cans cream of chicken soup

7 50 oz cans cream of mushroom soup

28# velveeta


Make cooked rice:  Use 9 cups of rice (about 4 ½ #) in each of 6 deep steamtable pans. Add 18 cups boiling water, 1 TBSP salt and 2 TBSP butter to each pan.  Cover with foil.  Bake at 350* convection for 45 minutes. 

Saute diced onions and chopped celery together in butter until tender.

Mix ingredients in 7 batches.  For each batch use 24 cups cooked rice, 5# cooked broccoli, approx. 2 cups cooked celery and onion mixture, 1 can (50 oz) cream of mushroom soup, 1 can (50 oz) cream of chicken soup, and 4# velveeta (melted in microwave or double boiler).  Divide the 7 batches evenly into 24 half size disposable steam table pans.

Bake immediately at 350* until hot and bubbly or cover with foil and refrigerate overnight. If cooking the next day, cook at 350* for approximately 2 hours, covered, stirring as needed about halfway through for even heating.  Uncover towards the end of cooking time to lightly brown the top.

Edamame Salad Recipe

We got lots of compliments on the Edamame Salad that we served last Wednesday, and again for the Sunday meal for the Feeding South Dakota fundraiser.   Here’s the recipe for those of you who asked for it, and if you didn’t get a chance to try it, I highly recommend it.  You can serve it as a side salad or as a dip with tortilla chips.  Shelled edamame (soybeans) can be found in the freezer section of your grocery store.  If you like it spicy, add the jalapenos or if you want a milder chili pepper taste, add some canned mild roasted green chilis.  This recipe is adapted from the cookbook Raising the Salad Bar, by Catherine Walthers.


Edamame, Corn and Bean Salad

Serves 6-8

1 cup edamame (15 oz), boiled until just tender, then rinsed under cold water and drained

1 cup kidney beans (or black beans) (or a 15 oz can) Rinsed and drained

2 cups corn kernels, canned or frozen, if frozen boiled until tender and rinsed under cold water and drained

1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 cup diced tomatoes, canned or fresh

diced jalapenos or roasted green chilis, optional


Salsa Dressing

Mix dressing ingredients together and toss with salad.

2 TBSP minced red onion

1 tsp ground cumin

3 TBSP fresh lime juice

2 TBSP olive oil

salt to taste


Edamame, Corn and Bean Salad

Serves 500

40# frozen, shelled edamame, boiled until tender, then rinsed with cold water and drained

5 #10 cans Black Beans, rinsed and drained

50# frozen corn kernels, boiled until tender, then rinsed with cold water and drained

20 cups chopped fresh cilantro (1 case 30 count bunches)

5 30 oz cans roasted green chilis (optional)

diced jalapenos, fresh or canned (optional for added spice)

5 #10 cans petite diced tomatoes

Salsa Dressing

7 cups minced red onion

1 1/3 cups ground cumin

5 ½  cups fresh lime juice (about 6 # limes)

8 cups olive oil

salt, to taste


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

Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe

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We had a special request to share the rice recipe from dinner this week:  “Supper was great. Thanks to everyone! The rice was awesome. Any chance we could get the recipe for it?”  Here you go:

Cilantro Lime Rice

About 40 servings per full size steamtable pan.

Make recipe 9 times for 360 servings.

 9 cups long grain white rice (about 4 ½#)  Total rice: 40 ½# or 81 cups

18 cups boiling water

 Bake rice at 350* for 45 minutes, covered.

 After cooking rice, add to each pan:

2 TBSP Lime Zest

½ cup Fresh lime juice

2 cups chopped cilantro

2 TBSP salt, or more, to taste

Cilantro Lime Rice:  8 servings:

Cook 2 cups of long grain rice (not minute rice) according to package directions

After cooking rice, add:

1 1/2 teaspoons grated lime zest

1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Salt to taste


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