By Michael Morse
One of the greatest things in the day of a firefighter is mealtime.
We love to eat and put a heck of a lot of thought into what ends up on our plates. It‘s a long-standing tradition — firefighters gathered around the table in the day room, breaking bread and making fun of what they are eating. Even the most perfect meal is subject to ridicule from somebody. It‘s just part of what makes firehouse cooking so much fun.
It takes many different dishes, and personalities behind the making of those dishes to keep our firefighters healthy, happy and well fed.
Here‘s seven of my favorite:
1) THE HEALTH NUT
SIGNATURE DISH: GRILLED WILD-CAUGHT SALMON WITH STEAMED SPINACH
2) THE HOT AND A LOT
SIGNATURE DISH: AMERICAN CHOP SUEY WITH BREAD AND BUTTER
How can you go wrong with 50% lean hamburger, tomato sauce, macaroni and maybe, just maybe, a red or green pepper mixed in with the chopped onion? When there are six to feed, make enough for twelve, and always go back for seconds! When it‘s this chef’s turn to cook, you best bring your own seasonings because while there is plenty of food, there isn‘t a whole lot of flavor.
3) THE CHEAPSKATE
SIGNATURE DISH: GRILLED STEAK AND ONIONS
4) THE GOURMET
SIGNATURE DISH: CRAB STUFFED PEPPERS WITH CAPERS AND A BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE ARUGULA SALAD
“How do I make a meal using exotic ingredients that no firefighter in his or her right mind will actually enjoy?”
The gourmet chef will actually be crushed when nobody eats their masterpiece. This is where the hot and a lot cook comes shining through. A fridge full of leftovers is great in case of an emergency.
5) THE PREPARED FOOD GURU
SIGNATURE DISH: ROTISSERIE CHICKEN WITH MACARONI AND CHEESE
The recipe is simple: hide the apparatus on the side of the market, dash in, fill your basket with whatever prepared food the market has conjured up, and a readymade side of macaroni and cheese and presto, meal done! If it‘s already cooked, the prepared food guru is all in. Chicken fingers, meatloaf, lasagna, rotisserie chicken — the options are endless, and price is not a factor. Bring your wallet to the table when the prepared food chef is cooking!