Have Your Cake and Eat Your Vegetables Too!

Written and developed by Cathy Collins It’s zucchini season in gardens and at the Farmer’s Markets.  In my house, it’s also birthday cake season. In preparation for all the birthdays, I thought to myself, “Huh?  Birthday cake and zucchini?  I wonder…”  I know some of you must be thinking, “This woman must be crazy.  Her […]

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What a Difference a Table Makes

The new picnic tables from the West Lafayette Parks and Recreation at the Food Finders Summer Food Service site at Claystone are already a huge help. “In recent weeks, Bunder said the program has seen a surge of community support, including additional volunteers from Mayflower Mill Elementary School. The majority of the children served are future, current […]

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When Life Hands You Chickpeas…Make Hummus!

Written and developed by Cathy Collins – Recipe adapted from Mark Bittman I try to set aside some time each week to make and store quick meals and snacks but it seems there hasn’t been much time lately and I need snack-y type food, the kind that doesn’t require any extra dishes when I want […]

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Pounds of Pepperoni Pizza Muffins

Written and developed by Cathy Collins Once, not too very long ago I mentioned that I would like to make pizza bread with the great big fat sub buns I got from one of the local food pantries.  I also have several cans of unsalted tomato sauce (also courtesy of the local food pantries).  The […]

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Super Food, Super Salad

Written and developed by Cathy Collins My goal in recording my recipes is to be able to provide interesting, healthy meals and food ideas by using as many ingredients as possible from local pantries and Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.  I was in luck again. I got a couple of bunches of kale last week […]

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Friction with Claystone puts free food program at risk

When staff members and volunteers with Food Finders Food Bank pull up to the curb at Claystone at the Crossing each weekday to set up their summer feeding program, children are eagerly waiting. The summer food assistance program — an extension of the free and reduced lunch program carried out by schools during the academic year — provides one […]

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Summertime and This Salsa is Easy

Written and developed by Cathy Collins The inspiration for making my Black Bean and Corn Salsa was the can of Rotel with habaneros I acquired at the Harvest Chapel Food Pantry a couple of weeks ago.  Normally I use jalapenos or green chili peppers for my Black Bean and Corn salsa. The addition of the habaneros […]

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Cathy’s Magic Beans

In the story of “Jack and the Beanstalk,” Jack and his mother were so poor she sent him to market to sell their cow.  Instead of selling the cow for money, Jack traded the cow for some magic beans. Given that I have no cow to sell, nor do I have a son named Jack, […]

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Buddy’s Beans and Crumbles Dip

Written by Cathy Collins Aside from being a mother, cook, survivalist, food pantry recipient and aspiring writer, I am also a caregiver and companion for the elderly and disabled.  What a rewarding job.  I spend my day taking care of people, helping keep them in their own homes, cooking for them and cleaning for them.  […]

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Lunch Time Learning at the SFSP

Written by Alli Turrell, Education Program Manager at Food Finders Food Bank Yesterday, Claystone had some special visitors on site for the lunch hour. A group of nursing students from Ivy Tech Community College joined the fun! The kids played wiffle ball baseball and colored with the students before enjoying a lunch of ham sandwiches, bananas, […]

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