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    Helping Don Litten's family - Emergency

    Two ways to help - pick one.....or both.

    Need volunteers, helpers.
    What - Preparing Brunswick stew to raise funds for family & Jane Litten, wife of Don.
    When - Fri. May 13th, 6:00pm - Chop night, set up and preparation, cooking pot w/accessories weighs a lot - one person cannot do it.
    ...........Sat. May 14th, 5:00am - cooking, stirring, dispensing, cleanup, general tending.
    Where - Deep Run Baptist Church, 10907 Three Chopt Road, Henrico, Virginia 23233

    This will only work if people are willing to help, give of their time. Many hands make light work. Each batch produces about 50 gal of this delicious Brunswick stew or 200 quarts. Sidestreet has pre-sold 79 qt. already!
    Pre-sales are $8.00/qt, and day of sale at $10.00/qt.

    This stew is so thick that a spoon will stand up straight in the middle of a bowl - it is famous in these here parts.

    Arrangements will be made for anyone to donate to reduce the expense of supplies. An additional account will be established to direct funds to the family to defray the horrendous expense of Don's medications, funeral expenses, much needed repairs to the home, and other critical shortfalls.

    Let's pull together and make a difference. We CAN do it.
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    I'm busy on the Saturday, but I'll step up for the chop night on the Friday
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    Quote Originally Posted by scouser View Post
    I'm busy on the Saturday, but I'll step up for the chop night on the Friday
    count me in for Friday grapenut

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    Thanks guys…,

    if you have a good peeler and chop knife, you might want to consider bringing them, we have a number of peelers and knives already but lots of folks discover that they are more comfortable using what they are familiar with…, oh, and we have band aids too!!! I usually have a few pizzas and drink on "Chop Night" for the "help" that I pay for out of my pocket, not out of proceeds, and some Jimmy Dean Breakfast sandwiches and coffee, sometimes doughnuts too for the "help" on the morning of the stew so that folks don't go hungry while stirring the pot. I'd say that folks like us are pretty familiar with "stirring the pot", so this many not be very different, and all that stirring and the smells of the stew cooking can make a person powerful hungry!!!

    I told the Grape, that we have a tried and true product, a driven staff, and a noble mission. I intend to give it my all, will you join us? I certainly hope so, the experience is enlightening and the fellowship is priceless. I hope to see many of you there, and as Grape pointed out (and as my Father often said) "many hands make light work".

    So far 86 quarts have been pre-sold. We are "shooting" to sell at least 220 quarts. $8.00 pre-sold and $10.00 after that on the day of the stew and after, but I'm hoping that all 220 will be sold out before we ever light the fire. We will sell the stew in the order that the request were made, so that we don't short someone trying to accommodate late comers. The very first order I took was for 20 quarts, so you see, this could go very quickly.

    We are also asking that folks arrange to pick up their stew on the 14th between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. and pay for the stew as they pick it up. Our capacity for storage is very limited, but some is possible for extenuating circumstances, oh, and did I mention that this stuff freezes very well? Another good point is that the container is microwavable and reusable! Cash is preferred, but we'll take a check too.

    If there are those who would like to contribute to the cost of the stew, but are unable to participate or live too far to buy the stew, I think Grape is setting something up for you to do that.

    Again, thanking you in advance.

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    Chop chop

    I will do Friday, my slicing skills are fair enough, but my dicing could use some work. Possible for Saturday also, but I can't make any promises on that one.

    I do have the memory of an old shoe, so don't be afraid to remind me that Thursday.
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    As my niece's wedding isn't until the afternoon, I'm going to step up and volunteer a few hours on the Saturday morning too.

    Mr Sidestreet, is it possible that my purchase can be stored as I'll be at the wedding at pickup time?
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    Peeling LOTS of potatoes?

    Ok this might seem goofy, but I do mean it with the best of intentions.

    I have seen this idea in several places, but I don't know if it really works. If it does, and especially for a large quantity project such as this, seems that it has the potential to save a significant amount of time. Just a thought. Anybody ever done it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TFred View Post
    Ok this might seem goofy, but I do mean it with the best of intentions.

    I have seen this idea in several places, but I don't know if it really works. If it does, and especially for a large quantity project such as this, seems that it has the potential to save a significant amount of time. Just a thought. Anybody ever done it?

    TFred
    Thought I had seen everything before - this could revolutionize KP.

    Now to slice and dice. French fry slicer available from Northern Tool - would only be one step away from dicing.
    http://tinyurl.com/jj3o9zy
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    I will make arrangements for that…,

    Quote Originally Posted by scouser View Post
    As my niece's wedding isn't until the afternoon, I'm going to step up and volunteer a few hours on the Saturday morning too.

    Mr Sidestreet, is it possible that my purchase can be stored as I'll be at the wedding at pickup time?
    I appreciate your volunteer spirit!

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    Thank you Tanner…,

    Quote Originally Posted by Tanner View Post
    I will do Friday, my slicing skills are fair enough, but my dicing could use some work. Possible for Saturday also, but I can't make any promises on that one.

    I do have the memory of an old shoe, so don't be afraid to remind me that Thursday.
    I was secretly hoping you might show up, because you are needed, because I know how deep your volunteer spirit runs, and I know how you felt about Peter Nap!!!

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    Not goofy, TFred…,

    Quote Originally Posted by TFred View Post
    Ok this might seem goofy, but I do mean it with the best of intentions.

    I have seen this idea in several places, but I don't know if it really works. If it does, and especially for a large quantity project such as this, seems that it has the potential to save a significant amount of time. Just a thought. Anybody ever done it?

    TFred

    Believe I have seen or heard about this somewhere, some other time and didn't remember it. Principle sounds okay, may be a little more to finding the appropriate brush, and I'm thinking it may require some extra modification, but it seems like a very viable idea, and I'm going to see if I can't rig something up and try it. But please bring your peelers and knives just in case I can't get it set up. Nothing like the "old reliables".

    Anyway, great suggestion, thanks!!! You guys are great at improvising, adapting, and overcoming, it should serve us well in the not so distant future!!!

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    Yes, another good idea, but…,

    Quote Originally Posted by Grapeshot View Post
    Thought I had seen everything before - this could revolutionize KP.

    Now to slice and dice. French fry slicer available from Northern Tool - would only be one step away from dicing.
    http://tinyurl.com/jj3o9zy
    I think the size of the slices might need to be a little larger than regular french fries, but it's worth a look to see just how big they truly are, some of those gadgets come with different size blades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sidestreet View Post
    I think the size of the slices might need to be a little larger than regular french fries, but it's worth a look to see just how big they truly are, some of those gadgets come with different size blades.

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    Comes with 2 blades, one for 1/2" and one for 3/8" fries. If you were to buy a can of diced potatoes they'd be about a 1/2" cube anyway. No I'm not suggesting using canned veggies, can't beat fresh, just saying I think this would work
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    Quote Originally Posted by sidestreet View Post
    Believe I have seen or heard about this somewhere, some other time and didn't remember it. Principle sounds okay, may be a little more to finding the appropriate brush, and I'm thinking it may require some extra modification, but it seems like a very viable idea, and I'm going to see if I can't rig something up and try it. But please bring your peelers and knives just in case I can't get it set up. Nothing like the "old reliables".

    Anyway, great suggestion, thanks!!! You guys are great at improvising, adapting, and overcoming, it should serve us well in the not so distant future!!!

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    It does work. Back home we have what I grew up knowing as a "chippy", chips being what you know as steak fries. It's a takeout that serves fish and chips, etc. Do you think they peel all those spuds by hand? They use a large scale version of this, and the potatoes are peeled and washed by friction, although not with a toilet brush
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    Back to the main reason for this thread.

    We need volunteers, think about what peter nap has done for you at his expense, now is a chance to give something back and help his family
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    I can be there Friday night. I am not sure about 5 AM Saturday, but I will try. I would like to purchase 10 quarts (I have a freezer and hungry friends) and will pay the $10 per quart.

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    I'll be there on Saturday. I can make 5AM for Don's family, but if you decide to divvy up the shifts differently on Saturday, let me know and I'll sleep for an extra hour or so. Either way, I have to be on the road early to avoid traffic on my way down.

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    Yes, scouser…,

    Quote Originally Posted by scouser View Post
    Back to the main reason for this thread.

    We need volunteers, think about what peter nap has done for you at his expense, now is a chance to give something back and help his family
    this, exactly. Peter AND "The Saint" many, many times were together doing tons of stuff behind the scenes, gathering information, all the driving that they did going to so many places to gather information, evidence, you name it!!! I don't think Peter ever slept!!!

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    Thank you speed41ae...,

    Quote Originally Posted by speed41ae View Post
    I can be there Friday night. I am not sure about 5 AM Saturday, but I will try. I would like to purchase 10 quarts (I have a freezer and hungry friends) and will pay the $10 per quart.
    was wondering only when, but not if you would show up, and as usual, you have done so with "big shoulders" as I like to say, as have many others. It truly lifts the heart.

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    Tess, that's just awesome...,

    Quote Originally Posted by Tess View Post
    I'll be there on Saturday. I can make 5AM for Don's family, but if you decide to divvy up the shifts differently on Saturday, let me know and I'll sleep for an extra hour or so. Either way, I have to be on the road early to avoid traffic on my way down.

    Tess
    the early hours are usually the most physical, and more relief is needed then because until the chunks of potato start to break down and some of the edges start to round off its sort of like stirring blocks of wood in big bowl. A couple of years ago, it was only me and a 70 year old member of the church there to do it, and it dang near killed us until some help showed up an hour and half later!!! It can be a back breaker without good help, but this group proves themselves over and over again, and it seems that we will have a number of folks to be there @ 5, so thank you Tess, for whenever you'd like to be with us!!!

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    Folks...,

    May 1st was so full of blessings that it's hard to fully fathom at this time, the outpouring of love and honors for our friend and brother Peter Nap and his family, and the message to all of us at his memorial service was most gratifying. There were blessings bestowed that came from the true heart of your brothers and sisters, and now it is up to us to use them as best that we can. If it's one thing that you learn from being around these folk, it's that they are a truly caring sort, have many talents, and the courage to share from their hearts and souls as well as their time and talents.

    Thank you all again.

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    Solus...,

    it was a pleasure to meet you and your lovely wife yesterday, I'm sorry that we didn't have more time to talk, I spent some time down South working on the railroad, i have many, many fond memories of friends and family there, and the cuisine too! Thank you for taking the time and making the effort to come so far and be with the family, and also for your generosity, I am humbled.

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    Double Tap...,

    you're an amazing lady, your natural beauty is overshadowed only by the beauty of your generous heart and soul. I'll say as I have many times before..., that Grapeshot is a blessed man, and thank you again for sharing your love and blessings so generously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sidestreet View Post
    it was a pleasure to meet you and your lovely wife yesterday, I'm sorry that we didn't have more time to talk, I spent some time down South working on the railroad, i have many, many fond memories of friends and family there, and the cuisine too! Thank you for taking the time and making the effort to come so far and be with the family, and also for your generosity, I am humbled.
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    sidestreet, the pleasure was actually all ours to see who was assisting in such an exemplary manner...however, i do want you to know i am mad at ya cuz i have the tune(s) i've been working on the railroad & the eyes of texas medleys now running concurrently in my mind...sigh...

    look forward to saying hello under better circumstances in the near future.

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    added, and who is dinah in the kitchen with...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by solus View Post
    --snipped--
    added, and who is dinah in the kitchen with...?
    Answer- all of Don Litten's friends.
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