The Richmond Register

December 22, 2013

A cook’s prayer

By Arritta Morris
Register Feature Writer

RICHMOND — Thank you, Lord, for the thermometer inserted in the Butter Ball and a large family to eat it all

Thank you, Lord, for instant potato flakes and turkey gravy in a can

All those microwave things that don’t need a pan

Thank you, Lord, for Stove Top with its herbs and spices

And for Green Giant and Birds Eye, too

Without their cream corn and brussels sprouts, I don’t know what I would do

Thank you for the Pillsberry dough boy, Betty Crocker and Duncan Hines

When I need their help I reach out my hand

And there they are on my cabinet shelf all the time

Thank you, Lord, for the 1-800 hot line

That is staffed till Christmas time

(p.s. don’t forget their web site-www.tough turkey.com)

But, Lord, I have a question or two

What’s the difference between a sweet potato and a yam?

Oh yeah, Lord, how do you shuck a clam?

Thank you, Lord, for family, country and friends

And all the blessings of the day

Lord grant me enough refrigerator space to put the left overs away

Written by Betty Gonzales

The calorie selfish pay a price

This is the season to really do something good for someone else. If you are able, thank your post person, the letter carrier and even the garbage person.

I did something this year when I decided to leave stuff in my mailbox and in my newspaper tube, etc. I hope they enjoyed my home made goodies.

This really is the time to think back on all of those that have helped us out during the past year.

I was told once in an EKU class that the world may have a lot of automated processes, but we will still need service-type workers. I am thankful for these folks. I would hate to cut my own hair, have to go and get my mail or take my own garbage to the landfill each week, etc. I think you get my drift.

My wish for you in the coming year is good health, good heat and good food. To some folks this is the main source of their income. Be kind to the food bank and remember that the calories you give away may not rest in your bottom tomorrow.

Arritta Morris holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and a master’s degree in counseling from Eastern Kentucky University. She is a certified as a food service specialist by the School Nutrition Association.