By J J Cook
from the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mysteries
Cooking for firefighters is no different than cooking for any other large group of people. Possibly the biggest difference is that the people who are eating could rush out at any moment and not return for several hours. That doesn't happen at most sit-down dinners.
I am a member of a family of firefighters dating back to the late 1800s. Foods haven't changed substantially during that time. Whoever is cooking - usually everyone takes their turn - makes a lot of soups, stews, and chili. Foods that are easy and can be re-heated are popular. Sometimes restaurants, and families who want to say thank you, will donate food for lunch or dinner. That can be a nice change of pace from what firefighters make themselves.
You can imagine our food gets to be a little repetitive after a while. Hardly anyone complains though. We know what we do is important to our communities, and we're proud of it.
* That Old Flame of Mine
* Hero's Journey
* Playing with Fire (January 2014)