This blog is posted by "Elijah's Table," a joint project of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration (1 Hood Road, Derry, NH) and Etz Hayim Synagogue (1-1/2 Hood Road, Derry, NH), both located on Hood Road in Derry, NH. Twice a month we provide free, family-friendly dinners, which are served in a relaxed atmosphere. There are other organizations in the Derry, New Hampshire area that also offer free and delicious meals to the public. Please see the calendar on the right-hand side of this blog for a list of upcoming meals. And don't forget the offerings of the Sonshine Soup Kitchen (described on the left-hand side of this blog) and The Derry Salvation Army!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Salad Days

I may have used the expression "salad days" before in this blog.  The expression comes into my mind when I think of summer and our young and youthful participants so enthusiastically helping out.  This morning, I wondered why the phrase was popping into my mind, and looked it up on the internet. According to Wikipedia: "'Salad days' is a Shakespearean idiomatic expression used to refer to a youthful time, accompanied by the inexperience, enthusiasm, idealism, innocence, or indiscretion that one associates with a young person. More modern use, especially in the United States, refers to a heyday, a period when somebody was at the peak of their abilities—not necessarily in that person's youth."  So, it's a fair fit.  Some pictures from our wonderful July meal are set out below.  Please join us in August.   

Making lemonade.

Friends wearing matching pink shirts.


Smiling girl.

Giving away salad.

Giving away salad, part 2.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Scenes from a summer meal.

We had a full crowd on Sunday.  And fresh food,  with cake and watermelon for dessert. 
Check out the cute little boy with a chocolate ice cream mustache.
Please join us in July!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The beginnings of spring?

We had a full house tonight, with quite a few new faces.  And so that makes today an especially good day.  Is it the good weather that has brought the new faces and, if so, does that mean we will continue to have new clients as the weather continues to warm?  I hope so.  The food, as usual, was wonderful, with several extra special veggie dishes prepared by volunteers, fresh orange slices, and some crazy good desserts.  Kids got ice cream.  P-L-E-A-S-E join us in June.

"Delicious" is what several clients said as they left, thanking us for a great meal.

New faces #1

New faces #2
(There's ice cream in their future.)

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Noodle What?

We've officially switched to one of our summer menus:  noodle kugel.  This dish is as addictive as our eggplant parmesan.  We receive a lot of compliments and most people want seconds. I had an near Abbott-and-Costello moment tonight with one of our customers, that went something like this:

                            Guest:  Honey, what is this called?
                            Me:  Noodle kugel.
                            Guest:  Cooked noodles?
                            Me:  It's called noodle kugel.
                            Guest:  Noodle good what?
                            Me:  Kugel.  That's what it's called.   It's just a funny name.

So, I thought I would give some explanation.  First of all, "kugel" is pronounced "coo-gul."  It's a noodle casserole made with egg  noodles, and it can be sweet or savory, and maybe even both. Apparently, kugels were originally cooked in a round pan and were puffed up and round, so the dish was named "kugel," meaning "ball" in German.  Whatever, join us in May, when we'll be having that yummy noodle dish.

Below are some pics from the evening.  The lady on the bottom was the lucky recipient of our monthly free raffle.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Klondike Series

Last week, I wandered down to the cafeteria at work and was thrilled to find some pretty good-looking vegetarian chili.  Our chili tonight was even better, and it was free.  We hope more people will discover us.  We are a wonderful source of healthy and delicious home-cooked food.  Tonight we had two kinds of home-made vegetarian chili, baked potatoes with shredded cheddar cheese, butter and sour cream, salad, hard-boiled eggs, and Klondike bars.  Please join us next month.  We'll have another great meal and we may have some music. 

Monday, February 29, 2016

Klondike bars and music: what a life!

I was away for the February Elijah's Table dinner at the synagogue, and it looks as though I missed a great time.  Live music and Klondike bars for dessert!  What could be better?  I dare say the young helpers, and the lovely teen volunteer who took these pictures for me.  Join us in March.  I'll be looking for you.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

"You're a godsend."

Gosh, tonight was so busy that I failed to take more than just a handful of pictures.  Here are two that I like, of new and happy customers.

Don't let the empty table in the top picture fool you.  The folks pictured came early and the place was hopping by the start of the meal.  By the way, the salad and tangy green bean dish were especially delicious.  And, aside from the great dinner, we had a TON of desserts to give away.

As she was leaving, one of our regular customers said, "You're a godsend."  Funny, but that is how I feel about our customers and our volunteers.  You are all wonderful.