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Brownies, Blondies, & Fruit Bars @ the Sept 1st meal

As Fall rolls along and the season starts to shift to cooler days, the meals are getting heartier as we celebrate our local bounty with menus rooted in beets, turnips, squash, and potatoes. At the soup kitchen, we are harvesting the final vegetables from our garden and relishing the final month of fresh produce donated by our neighborhood CSAs and local gardeners. In the dessert corps, we are looking forward to this Fall and filling the kitchen with holiday treats and seasonal glories. Cheers to apples, pumpkins, butter & sugar!

Blackberry Buckle. July 2010.

One of the highlights of our weekly meal is the homemade desserts. They always make our meal complete. To be a volunteer baker, email craigskitchen@gmail.com. Send us the dates you can bake. We will confirm and send you a reminder email the weekend before the Wednesday Meal in which you are participating. If you cannot drop off at the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen before 6pm on Wednesdays, there are drop offs in Greenpoint & Williamsburg on Tuesday & Wed morning. The logistics of it all are pretty easy…

Check out the baking calendar below and email us with the dates you can be a volunteer baker:

  • Oct 13: Apple/Plum Bars, Brownies, or Blondies.
  • Oct 20: Apple Pie.
  • Oct 27: Whoopie Pies.
  • Nov 3: Apple Cake.
  • Nov 10: Seasonal Cupcakes.
  • Nov 17: Carrot Cake or Cheesecake Bars.
  • Nov 24: Pumpkin Pie or Pumpkin Cake.
  • Dec 1: Apple, Chocolate, or Pecan Pies.
  • Dec 8: Couple Dozen of Holiday Cookies. Need 0 bakers.
  • Dec 15: Chocolate Cheesecake Candy Cane Bars, Candy Cane Cake, or Crushed Peppermint Cheesecake. Need 2 bakers.
  • Dec 22: Holiday Pies. Need 1 baker.

We are also looking for more volunteers to help prep, serve, & clean up @ the Wednesday meals. Prep shifts run from 3-6pm. Serving shifts run from 530-730pm, and clean-up shifs run from 7-830pm. Even if you can only help for an hour or so a month, we would really appreciate your helping hands. Email craigskitchen@gmail.com for more info.

Aug 25th: Peaches & Mint, Sauteed Summer Squash, and Green Beans & Corn Salad

Always need more volunteers for the clean-up shift. 7-830pm.

 

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Thanks to everyone who has been baking. It is a highlight of the meal…

If you would like to bake for any of the following meals or to get on our volunteer list, please email craigskitchen [at] gmail [dot] com

  • April 14.  Carrot Cake.  Need 5 volunteers
  • April 21.  Apple Cake.   Need 2 volunteers
  • April 28.  Brownies.  Need 4 volunteers
  • May 5.  Cookies.  Need 2 volunteers
  • May 12.  Zucchini Cake.  Need 10 volunteers
  • May 19. Chocolate Cake.  Need 10 volunteers
  • May 26. Apple Pie or Apple Cake.  Need 10 volunteers

Also, we have A LOT of frozen blueberries. If you want to pick some up in order to create a delicious blueberry based dessert, give us a shout.

volunteer baking = we all eat (yeah) cake

pumpkin cheesecake brownies. march 2010

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The last month was a bevy of amazing treats; volunteers baked up a sweet storm.

Plating brownies

Plating brownies

One week we served apple cider cupcakes with caramel frosting. Another weekly theme was brownies. Volunteers treated us to their yummilicious interpretation of tropical cupcakes and introduced us to their favorite type of cookie. Thanks to everyone who baked and supported this project.

Good eats, tasty sweets.

Good eats, tasty sweets.

Dessert Corps, serving up the sweet spot of the weekly Greenpoint Soup Kichen meal.

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Serving dessert

Serving dessert

For the March 18th meal, 7 volunteer bakers donated Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

The yummy recipe was inspired by a craving for cheesecake and a love of pumpkin desserts.

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Combined with chocolate brownies, it was scrumptious enough to convince even the most “vegetable” phobic dinner to try some pumpkin.

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It was a smashing success and the dessert has acquired many new fans.

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Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips. Plated and ready to be served.

Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips. Plated and ready to be served.

A month ago, on Martin Luther King Day, the Dessert Corps was launched. Starting a few days later with homemade brownies, the weekly meal at the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen now includes scrumptious homemade desserts prepared in kitchens around the neighborhood. Dozens of volunteers from the community have baked brownies, pies, bars, and other treats in their homes, donating them to the weekly meal. For the last 5 weeks, the diners have really enjoyed feasting on these treats and have been gushing with complements for the chefs.

We can’t stop raving either. The treats flowing in each week have been scrumptiously divine. Our project volunteers seriously rock that whole baking thing.  Check out the pics from our Apple Pie night from the Jan 28th meal on the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen Facebook page

In addition to our fundraising brunches and events, Craig’s Kitchen will continue to organize the weekly sweet spot of the soup kitchen meal.  And we can always use more volunteers in this project. If you feel like baking (even just once in a 6 month stint), it will really help us fulfill our commitment to providing yummy homemade desserts for everyone.

How it works: For every week, there is a specific dessert theme. You can always check out the plan for the upcoming few weeks on the main Dessert Corps blog page.  At the bottom of the page, there is a list of dates, dessert themes, and # of volunteers needed (in order to fulfill the weekly goal of 10 volunteers providing a dessert that serves 10).  When you determine that you can plug into a week, email craigskitchen [at] gmail [dot] com with the date(s) you are baking.  The weekend prior to your committed dessert week, you will receive an email with several recipe suggestions (just in case you don’t already have a fave). There are several drop off locations, days, and times; Tuesday evenings in Williamsburg or Greenpoint, Wednesday days in Greenpoint (exact addresses provided in the email), and at the soup kitchen church after 4pm.  It helps if the desserts arrive by around 6pmish because typically, dessert starts getting served around 6:20-6:30pm. Some volunteers have been baking weekly, some monthly, and some plan to plug in whenever their schedule and budget permits. Its pretty mellow and casual and we hope you will join us in the fun.

Feb 4. Lemon Bars waiting to get plated.

Feb 4. Lemon Bars waiting to get plated.

On Feb 4,  Lemon Bars was the theme. The donations were tart, creamy, and divine. The diners were ecstatic over the sunshiny treat on that frigid Winter day. Tasted like Spring was on the way.

Pumpkin Bread. Dessert Corps.

Feb 11. was Pumpkin “Bread” with Chocolate Chips. Seasonal and sweet, one of the best flavor profiles around.  It was a new treat for many of the diners, but now surely at the top of the list of favorites.

My oh my! Chocolate Pie!

Feb 18 was (Oh yeah!) Chocolate Pie week.

Yummy Whipped Chocolate Pie

Both versions were enthusiastically enjoyed. Part of the fun of this project is seeing how many ways a dessert can be made.

3 (frozen) apple pies make a reapperance

We had some Apple Pies and an Apple Crisp in the freezer (from a week when we had many pies but very few clients due to a special “holiday” meal for Polish homeless people sponsored by a local pro-life group that was coincidentally scheduled for the same time as the soup kitchen meal.) We busted them out to supplement the chocolate pies (We were a little short on volunteers this week). One of the goals in the soup kitchen is to not waste any food. Sometimes, due to random circumstances like unplanned donations or a small group of diners due to severe weather, we have leftovers. The soup kitchen has several freezers which allows us to put stuff away for future use.

Apple Crisp-a-licious

Apple Crisp-a-licious

The apple pies and crisp were defrosted and heated up and served alongside the Chocolate Pies.

Portioning the Pies

Portioning the Pies

Once the meal is being served, the kitchen crew gets an approximate count of the diners and then starts to plate the desserts.

Apple slice ready to be served. Chocolate Pie waiting to be sliced.

Apple slice ready to be served. Chocolate Pie waiting to be sliced.

Apple Pie on its way out to the dining room.

Coming soon to the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen. Pear Pie.

Coming soon to the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen. Pear Crumble.

Next week. Feb 25, we are inviting volunteers to get crazy with Pears. We are looking for 10 pear desserts, be it Pear Pie, Pear Crisp, Pear Cobbler, or Pear Cake. That’s right, its gonna be pears, pears, pears, pears pears this week; at “press time” we still need 8 more volunteers.

The March calendar of  desserts will be:

Feel free to hit us up with ideas and suggestions for dessert themes.

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