By: Kelsey Wichman, Executive Director, Woodstone of Hutchinson
This morning at Kitchen Corner Kristen (Food Service Director) and I lead the discussion and learned about what the Residents of Woodstone hope to see in the summer months to come on the menu. We talked about side dishes such as vegetables and if we like the vegetables mixed with different vegetable or severed separate. Majority of the residents would prefer to have the vegetables mixed with each other. Lucille, (Woodstone Resident) said add brown sugar to the squash and carrots. Mary, (Woodstone Resident) stated lets glaze the vegetables, anything can be glazed, it’s the best glazed. Everyone laughed and agreed. Also, we discussed zucchini and Ruthie, (Woodstone Resident) stated, what about zucchini bread. Kristen, (Food Service Director) said we can certainly do that.
Renee, (Woodstone Resident) educated her peers, on how to cook the perfect vegetables. Renee said, it starts with when the vegetable is picked if it has been in the ground too long then it will need to be cooked longer. The residents thought with Renee’s experience growing vegetables on her farm it was great advice for kitchen staff.
Kristen, (Food Service Director) asked if the residents like cabbage. The resident said they love cabbage and would rather eat raw cabbage and coleslaw rather than the brussel sprouts that have been served. Resident defiantly voiced their disgust for brussel sprouts. Kristen, said we will defiantly limit the brussel sprouts and implement different vegetables especially the cabbage. Residents all nodded their heads in agreement to eliminate the sprouts.
Of course, we cannot forget our special treat Kristen made for us during Kitchen Corner. She brought a Citrus Splash which consisted of pineapple juice, orange juice, cranberry juice and ginger ale. Majority of the residents loved the drink and a few residents even gave the treat a thumbs up.
I think implementing Kitchen Corner once a month is a great thing because we get to learn firsthand what the resident’s dis-likes and likes are. Along, with what the residents hope to see more or less of.