News From the Kitchen
We’ve tallied the votes, counted the generous donations, and eaten to our heart’s content. It’s confirmed: Come Grow With Us 2016 was our best ever. We brought in over $190,000 that will support bright and healthy futures for New Orleans youth through healthy school lunches, career training, and leadership development. Over 500 people came out to have a good time!
Thank you for showing up for youth! Check out some great photos from the night below.
Honoring Chef Alon Shaya with the Youth Advocate Award
With some of us at Liberty’s Kitchen trying to shed the holiday pounds and get in shape for the summer, Chef Tasheena’s roasted brussels sprouts are becoming a popular choice among staff members. Chef Tasheena was willing to give our followers a glimpse into the kitchen and a crash course in making this delicious, healthy snack.
1.5 pounds of brussels sprouts, rinsed
3/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of lemon juice (optional)
1 tablespoon of minced garlic (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Trim the brussels sprouts by cutting off the base of the sprout, then trimming the outer leaves.
3. Mix brussels sprouts in a large bowl with olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and minced garlic until all sprouts are evenly coated with the mixture.
4. Spread out the brussels sprouts on a sheet pan and place in oven for 35 to 40 minutes, occasionally checking the color and tenderness of the brussels sprouts. Shake the pan 2-3 times while roasting to make sure brussels sprouts cook evenly.
5. Once crispy on the outside, remove the brussels sprouts from the oven.
6. Enjoy a flavorful but healthy meal!
My Graduation Speech
When I first came to Liberty’s Kitchen, I admit I told myself that I wasn’t going to try to make any friends. I said I was going to get through it by just being quiet like always, but that didn’t work out because just a few weeks later the quiet Alyssa had vanished. I broke out of my shell and became more talkative. I opened my to bigger and better things. I grew the confidence and found my voice with the support Liberty’s Kitchen and my classmates. We all grew this tight connection. It was an amazing, positive experience and I appreciate all the people that made a positive impact on my life.
When I said I wouldn’t get attached to any one, I think it was a bit of a mistake, because the next thing I know, as if it was a dream, we all together as one and connected. I have met so many wonderful people at Liberty’s Kitchen, it’s almost like my second family. My classmates are my brothers and sisters, we’ve been through these last three months together. Even when times got tough we still stuck together and supported one another. I honestly believe that without you all I wouldn’t have made it. Every time I felt like I wanted to give up, there was always some one there telling me to look up because I have my whole life ahead of me and that I can do it.
My first day I thought to myself, “I will do this, I have a bright future ahead of me, I will not let the darkness overcome my light. I am an intelligent, mature young lady, and I can do anything I put my mind to. Anything I want in life, I’m going for it. I won’t give up because I know I can do it, no standards are too high for me. My goals continue to expand, along with my mind. This is my first step to achievement. I will succeed and be something in life. My future is bright and I cannot stress enough that no one can kill my light.”
And in that moment I knew I was committed and I couldn’t give up because I’d be letting the people that matter the most down and the people that helped me get to where I am today. I said I was going to graduate, and I did it. At Liberty’s Kitchen, I had so many first experiences, so many wonderful opportunities and now I know this was the best decision I have ever made and it taught me that if you want something in life, you have to go for it. Nothing is handed to you. You have to earn it. We worked for this and we deserve it.
I want to thank everyone who taught me something, so I thank the whole staff from the bottom of my heart, because so many people had a hand in helping me to become a better person. I am so proud of myself and my classmates, because – guess what? – WE MADE IT!!!
Thanks to Matt and Christa Schwartz for the shout out as a favorite hangout of theirs, and congratulations to both of them for being named one of New Orleans’ top seven style-makers by the Gambit!