I had a difficult choice to make the other night and I did not know which way I should go. Should I have the curried chicken salad or should I stick with the traditional tuna salad. You see, Susan Jackson-Rafter, owner of Portable Pantry, has set up a kiosk at the Rochester Regional Center's new site, as a means of helping support her cooking habit.
A self-professed collector of recipes and cookware she has recently turned her culinary talents into a money making venture. Pictured here with Cora-Lynn Hoppe, they set up a small table and tote over pre-made sandwiches at 5:00 pm each night. And again, here comes the hard part, where do I start?
The Homemade food -- YUM! Hot, homemade soup. They use fresh, local ingredients. They offer yummy and interesting combinations for sandwiches and soups. Last Tuesday, I had a homemade meatloaf sandwich on homemade bread with homemade red pepper relish. A bag a chips and a homemade dessert rounded off my meal. To paraphrase my favorite TV tag line - are you "...beginning to sense a pattern?"
Immediately I thought - This would make an awesome blog! It shows something special happening at our Center. It touts a local merchant. It feeds the beast (that would be me when I come running into class, after working all day, and I need to shift my gears!) When talking about writing this blog, people are more than happy to tell me what they think. Actually once I tell folks that 'I write a blog' they don't really say much more to me. It's more of a conversation end-er than anything else, if you know what I mean. This time, when I told folks I was thinking of writing a blog about the Portable Pantry, EVERYONE had something to say! Actually people started telling ME what I should write;
"You should write that you get a good amount of food for what you pay," said one person. While another offered,
"You know - if you email them ahead of time they will make your sandwich and have it ready for you to pick-up at school. Write that!"
When I went to class two other people at my table were also enjoying their Portable Pantry sandwiches. I took my seat and placed my sandwich on top of my books, on the table. Because overall I tend to be nosy, I ask them what they are eating and how they liked it. When I explain that I am going to write about the Portable Pantry, they both agreed that more folks should know about them. Then one of the women took her sandwich apart and shows me her tomato, (she had the tuna salad, which was her favorite; and she gets it every week--"sort of MY thing,") and says,
"Look at this! That's a HOMEGROWN tomato! You can't get that at Subway!”
We gobbled our food. It was good and class began.