Stumbling on Creativity
CHAD MORRIS, Program Director
While there is a wide array of ways to satisfy our social needs, I personally experience great joy in the combination of friends, family, and food. For many of our dinner parties, our guests arrive to a meal already prepared and waiting to be eaten. But when possible, I find it rewarding to create culinary events where everyone participates in the process. Our recent culinary crescendo was pot stickers. These Chinese dumplings filled with pork and garlic chives take time to make and benefit by many helping hands.
We all had roles – harvesting the chives from our garden, making the dough, rolling it, filling the dumplings, and finally cooking. I, along with many others, was a dumpling sous-chef. Cindy was the pot sticker director—ensuring the flour wasn’t flying too far and the dumpling had the correct number of folds (three on each side). Aside from the pleasure of making something incredibly delicious, this process gave us the opportunity to leisurely catch up with one another and discuss current events—potential new jobs, recent vacations, and family happenings.