Recently I’ve taken up the task of cooking for a dinner at church on a fairly regular basis, so I started to search for “cooking for a crowd.” It was really sad that I’d get recipes that has 6 servings and that is defined as a crowd. I guess I’m always cooking for a crowd then. And maybe having hung around too many home school families with families of unusual size (okay I like Princess Bride and the ROUS’s reference–rodents of unusual size and that’s almost how people today react to even our family with just four kids), six almost seem like a non consequential number when it comes to cooking.
At some point, I’ve done full multi course meals for up to 50 people and since I like baking, I’ve done enough to feed people at church functions. So I guess my definition of a crowd is also rather skewed.
Anyway, then I stumbled onto cooking with hotel size pans. Now, that’s what I mean by cooking for a crowd. If started off when I stumbled onto this lasagna recipe. Then it ballooned into school cafeteria recipes and I think food bank type homeless shelter recipes. Okay, it does bring back some bad memories of school days where the rice was still crunchy and the meat felt like leather, and the vegetables were mush, but not all cafeteria food were bad. I remember sophomore year in college staying in a school owned but privately operated dorm that was just two blocks from my department building. For the most part, the food was great, the service was great and it was cheaper than the regular dorms to boot.
I have not tried any of these recipes yet, but I will try to comment on how things went as I start down this journey of baking in hotel size pans. I will start with the lasagna recipe tomorrow and then go from there.