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Hold your nose, it’s liver and onions

The staff and I thought it was time for a wee bit of change; we gathered around a table in the dining room for our weekly staff meeting, and the war began.

Rob had pointed out to me there was a senior meal choice day available in Cahone. Ah ha, let’s toss this one around and see what we can come up with. So, there we were, bouncing around the menu choice ideas when I suggested something I really didn’t want to say — liver and onions, our people like it.

The words just wouldn’t roll off my tongue without a gag. I remember our former senior center setting had poor ventilation, and liver and onions day sent me to my office with the door shut tight, sealed with glue, bolted shut and wrapped in cellophane. I wasn’t coming out until it was time to serve.

Our newer digs have a decent ventilation system, therefore the gagging is kept to a minimum, but just the sight of the liver brings on comments not fit for public ears.

With a lengthy, loud discussion full of laughter, liver and onions was placed on the menu selection. Now, for three more menu choices, here we go again; however, this task did not take us near as long to complete.

Voting day arrived with four selections to choose from, one will be placed on the February menu with the others to follow over the next few months. As I worked the dining room, I visited our people sitting unsuspectingly at nine tables. I pointed my pencil, warning each soul of a liver and onion choice. Only five souls were brave enough to ignore my warning. The voting is not over; we still need to hear from our home delivered meal folks.

Liver and Onions

I eat out pretty often,

But seldom do I see,

A favorite menu item,

That always pleases me.

I grew up eating liver,

With onions piled on high,

Sauteed first in bacon,

With a tasty piece of rye.

Some turn up their noses,

At this kind of fare,

I truly am a connoisseur,

Foie gras is very popular

With all the snobby bunch,

But plain old liver and onions,

Is just a blue plate lunch.

I eat it every chance I get,

And feel I’ve had a treat,

As a long-time comfort food,

For me, it can’t be beat!

Carmen

Really, Carmen?

Dining certificates

United Way dining gift certificates are available again. Just $20 will get you a gift certificate at one of almost 30 participating restaurants right here in our community.

Why should you choose to use one of the gift certificates? Because, if you go out to eat, why not use a dining certificate instead of cash. Four dollars will be donated by the restaurant to United Way at no cost to you, just for using the gift certificate. The Senior Center receives funding from United Way. And, hey, the certificates don’t expire until April 30, 2012.

For more information, call Musetta at 264-2167.

Special events

Winter living. Learn how (or be reminded) to stay healthy during the winter months. Dr. Kurz will enlighten you on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 12:30 p.m.

Coming soon, poker — Texas Hold ‘em style — returns the last Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m., this month Tuesday, Jan. 31. Get ready for some great competition; all levels welcome.

Transportation service

Not driving anymore? Car in the shop? Get to where you need to go; available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday to seniors age 60-plus. Suggested donation is $2 per day. Call for details, 264-2167.

Home meal delivery

Are you homebound, recovering from surgery or an illness? Let us do the cooking. Enjoy Senior Center meals delivered to your door. Our hot meal home-delivery program is available to those closer to town four days per week, with frozen meals onThursdays and weekends. Those living further out of town might be eligible for the frozen meal program. Meals are available to people age 60-plus for a suggested donation of $3 per meal. Give us a call at 264-2167 for further information. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Weekly Activities at The Den:

Friday, Jan. 13 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk.

Monday, Jan. 16 — Closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Tuesday, Jan. 17 — 11 a.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group 12:30 Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing

Wednesday, Jan. 18 —. 12:30 p.m. Dr. Kurz: Winter Living.

Thursday, Jan. 19 — Closed for administrative day.

Friday, Jan.y 20 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. ASI meeting.

This week’s menu

Suggested donation for older adults age 60-plus is $3, kids 12 and under and guests $6. Our meal program is partially funded through the Older Americans Act via the San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging, United Way, Archuleta County, Town of Pagosa Springs and other donations and grants. These funds help support the cost of the meal which is approximately $11.51. Please note our menu is subject to change. The salad bar opens at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 13 - Smothered chicken, cornbread stuffing, plums, peas, creamy coleslaw, whole wheat roll.

Monday, Jan. 16 — Closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Tuesday, Jan. 17 — Baked tilapia with mushroom sauce, peas, yogurt and cucumber salad, mandarin oranges, bran muffin.

Wednesday, Jan. 18 — Spinach lasagna, Italian vegetables, tossed salad, strawberry fruit whip with banana slices, Italian bread.

Thursday, Jan. 19 — Closed for administrative day.

Friday, Jan. 20 — Grilled ham and cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread, homemade chunky tomato soup, salad, banana slices with orange juice.

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