Love in The Time of Corona – Menu Week 2

Herbed Citrus Turkey

I’m suddenly aware of many things I’m grateful for this week – my husband who is shouldering a good deal of the mental and emotional burden of our world and local situation, my friends who keep me laughing, and my pug Floyd who only knows love, food, forgiveness and cray-cray (which keeps me laughing also!)  How about some decent weather and the ability to take a walk and chat with our neighbors (from 6 feet, of course)?  This, and sourcing some fine turkey has made me want to cook Thanksgiving all over again!  So…this week’s menu includes an Herbed Rubbed Citrus Turkey Breast with Savory Cranberry-Celery Sauce on top of homemade Mixed Bread & Parsley Stuffing, along with our fantastic Chicken Divan Casserole (think cheesy broccoli), and Mixed Winter Greens Lasagna with Pumpkin Marinara and our House Herbed Ricotta.  If we haven’t hit your spot, click here on Comforting Casseroles to choose your own for next week.  First come gets first served and to help pick the casseroles for the week!  My client SJM Picked the Chicken Divan for this week.  And don’t forget to dunk your spoons into our Gratitude Soup (Turkey Tarragon LOADED with veggies and Forbidden Rice, this soup is broth based and on our Feed your Brain Menu.  Need I say more?!?)  Also, our Roasted Broccoli and Welsh Cheddar continues to be a hit so it’s back again this week.   For more Soulful Slurpy Soups (same as above applies – first come first on the menu!) click here.  Just call or email to order for your family or friends in need, and you can pick up or I can deliver!

Don’t forget, it’s only me folks, along with my 90% isopropyl alcohol, my bleach, and my vinegar…and if you want, my mask, and my gloves too!  If you’re wondering how you can help battle this pandemic, don’t worry – I’m helping for you.   When you order, I make a little extra to deliver to Welcome House to help keep our homeless population healthy.

If your office or your family needs sustenance, you can’t get it from a safer place.  Let me know how I can help.  I’ll do everything I can to be there for you.  With, in, and for love – Lula!  PS – for the recipe for our delicious Corona Cocktail – look below!

A Note From Chef Lori ; 859-360-0251

Introducing the Corona Cocktail! It’s what two boozehounds do when they’re stuck at home with ingredients they need to get rid of…and it’s DELICIOUS! 1.5 oz of your favorite bourbon or whiskey, 5 oz of Unsweetened Almond Milk, 2 tsp Maple Syrup, and two dashes of Nutmeg. Pour over ice!

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Love in The Time of Corona

I’m an introvert.  Go ahead, laugh if you want.  It’s true.  I totally get recharged by being alone, and though I enjoy being in the company of others, I am always completely depleted after a gathering.  This is the main reason I structured Lula’s to be the way it is – THESE TWO HANDS, and ONLY these two hands, lovingly preparing every dish, every creation, every morsel, just for you.

While even I am shuddering at the prospect of physically/socially distancing myself from others for an extended period of time (I am EXTREMELY touchy-feely), I am at the same time grateful for my business model and being able to reassure you that I’m safe and my food is safe.    It’s only me folks, along with my 90% isopropyl alcohol, my bleach, and my vinegar…and if you want, my mask, and my gloves too!

If your office or your family needs sustenance, you can’t get it from a safer place.  Let me know how I can help.  I’ll do everything I can to be there for you.  With, in, and for love – Lula!

A Note From Chef Lori

Soup’s on!  We have Morrocan Red Lentil (gf, ve), Loaded Chicken Noodle with Garlic (gf), and Roasted Broccoli and Welsh Cheddar (vg) by the 1/2 Gallon this week and next.   Or order one of our Comforting Casseroles.  Reserve yours today!  We’ll safely deliver.

Eco Info Part 3 – Biodegradable

Clean and Green…biodegradable refers to the ability of a material to be naturally broken down by living organisms.  Biodegradable products release significantly less amounts of greenhouse gases because the materials break down into non-toxic elements without causing a negative impact on the environment.  The process of manufacturing biodegradable packaging helps increase energy conservation and reduce waste.

DID YOU KNOW… that there are biodegradable plastics made from all-natural plant materials?  These can include corn oil, orange peels, starch, and plants.  Traditional plastic is made with chemical fillers that can be harmful to the environment when released, when the plastic is melted down.  The orange peels in the picture above can be used to create biodegradable plastics, AND are both biodegradable themselves as well as compostable.  We will discuss the difference in the next post.  Lula’s Catering CARES!

Coronavirus and Covid-19 – Wash Your Hands!

In light of what’s “going around” and some silliness I’m seeing on social media, I thought I’d skip this week’s “sustainability” blog and re-print from the CDC, WHO, and FDA experts.  Yes, Corona has been around forever, but Covid is the strain that we have no vaccine for.  Below is some gross info and a “wash your hands” primer that we all can benefit from reading:

Foodborne illness is a serious threat to the nation’s public health and many people put themselves at risk for illness by not adequately washing their hands, or by washing their poultry. Many people continue to wash their poultry because that’s what they grew up doing or seeing in their homes. But this is dangerous and can spread bacteria around the kitchen. Juices from raw poultry can transfer bacteria onto kitchen surfaces, utensils, and other food. Once bacteria lands on a surface it can remain active for up to 36 hours, unless the surface is sanitized.

Recent USDA research conducted in a test kitchen revealed some startling results: 60 percent of the test kitchen participants contaminated the inner sink after washing or rinsing raw chicken. Participants also frequently placed raw vegetables and lettuce in the same sink, which ultimately led to cross-contamination.

Researchers also observed that 99 percent of participants either didn’t wash their hands or didn’t accomplish all steps of correct handwashing. Inadequate handwashing has been identified as a contributing factor to foodborne illness, especially when preparing raw meat and poultry. Hands can become vectors that move potential pathogens found in raw meat and poultry around the kitchen, which can contribute to foodborne illnesses.

I understand that old habits may die hard, but I encourage you to wash your hands, not your poultry. If you are brining or marinating your poultry and must rinse or wash it, be sure to thoroughly clean and then sanitize all kitchen surfaces to eliminate the risk of cross- contamination. Also remember that proper hand washing after handling raw meat, poultry and eggs can greatly reduce the risk of bacterial cross-contamination.

I realize it might seem ridiculous for me to explain how to properly wash your hands, but research shows that we all need reminders to achieve basic public health prevention. Here are the five handwashing steps that everyone needs to remember:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel.