I just finished my first week of cooking school afforded to me from Shore House. I took the class with my fellow member Kerri. The instructor’s name was Dominic. We shopped for all the ingredients for our menu two days before cooking them.
Dominic taught us some helpful shopping tips, like not buying whole fish if the eyes are cloudy, and substituting in season produce in our menu planning. We then took a three hour cooking lesson, where I learned to make fresh chili, baked fish and hamburgers. The hamburgers were topped with Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and fire roasted peppers. Kerri and I both got enough food for seven meals each.
I shared mine with my mother. She told me it was the best hamburger she ever had.
This is why I love being a member at Shore House. We learn to do things for ourselves, and therefore learn to care for ourselves instead of others caring for us. This is the whole philosophy behind the work ordered day. I am so grateful to be part of this unique service for those living with a serious mental illness. There is nothing else like it in the state of New Jersey.
I would like to thank the board members and generous donors for making Shore House club possible.
Thank you, Sam Ferro.
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