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 V.19 No.48 | December 2 - 8, 2010 

Mina's Dish

Sharing the Good Stuff

Roadrunner supplies the barrels and picks up the donations. What could be easier?
Mina Yamashita
Roadrunner supplies the barrels and picks up the donations. What could be easier?

Be Sweet to Your Friends

We’re in the holiday homestretchmarking time with lunches, dinners, incoming guests, shopping and all the rest that fills December. It’s when you learn to say “no” or commit yourself to a month of event-hopping.

There’s one gathering in particular that I look forward to every yearmy friend Kay’s cookie exchange. I’ve known Kay for nearly a decade and we share a number of friends. I’ve been going for the past seven years for an afternoon of visiting and sipping hot mulled cider.

Attendance requires that you bake homemade goodies and bring along containers so others can take away the booty. The best part of this gathering is that it consolidates a lot of visits into one, and it provides treats that can be used as gifts or contributions to the next party you attend. There are usually about a dozen guests and each guest brings three-dozen cookies. During the afternoon, people take three cookies from every tray, going home with a festive assortment.

We’ve also thought about expanding the exchange to other homemade items like spiced nuts, preserves, candies, or herb-and-spice sachets for cooking and mullingspecial treats to fill a gift box. I have to admit, not all of the goodies escape snacking at home. But who’s counting?

Food Banks and Shelters

While we’re on the subject of holiday cheer, consider donating to one of the Duke City’s food banks or shelters. The economy has hit those in need especially hard, and even small donations add up.

It’s no small accomplishment to keep folks warm and fed, and it’s not hard to help. Many shops and grocers provide inexpensive food to charities for a donation at the register.

These organizations will be happy to accept your items. You can follow the links or call to find information on the group or location nearest you. Somewhere between shopping and your next holiday gathering, consider giving a little to a friend you’ll never meet.

Roadrunner Food Bank
rrfb.org, 247-2052

The Storehouse
thestorehouseabq.org, 842-6491

Joy Junction
joyjunction.org, 877-6967

Barrett House
barrettfoundation.org, 246-9244

Albuquerque homeless shelters
homelessshelterdirectory.org

In-Demand Food Donations

Boxed meals (especially macaroni and cheese)
Canned fruits and vegetables
Canned soups and entrées
Canned meats
Cereal bars
Uncooked rice
Uncooked pasta
Sugar
Baby food


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