Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wordful Wednesday: A Welcome Fundraiser

I'm not crazy about fundraisers.  They usually find us buying or trying to sell things we don't need. Plus, when most of one's family lives out of town, there aren't many to whom one can sell.

A flyer came home in the children's school folders indicating we were doing a fundraiser with a local produce company.  I was thrilled, because I've wanted to use such a delivery service for some time, but I am just far enough out of the wrong side of the city, that none seem to come to my house.

For $25 a box would be delivered to the school for me.  Turns out, as a teacher, they even brought it right to my door;  Broccoli, lettuce, potatoes, tomatoes, apples, apple cider and a HUGE butternut squash!

On Thursday night when I got it, I made a half batch of cream of broccoli soup. Monday night I made macaroni and cheese with Muenster cheese and put the rest of the broccoli into it.  Last night, I made roasted tomato sandwiches.

I'm thinking I'll pick up the makings for Cheeseburger Chowder, similar to this one from Mimi at Woven for Words for this weekend which will use up the potatoes. 

Not a bad way to eat home-cooked and healthy AND support our school and local farmers! That's what I call a welcome fundraider!

Sorta Southern Single Mom's Roasted Tomato Sandwiches
2 tomatoes, halved horizontally
salt and pepper
1 mozzarella cheese stick cut into sixteenths
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 T chopped fresh oregano
olive oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
8 slices bread

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place tomato halves cut side up on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and half of the oregano. Place 4 pieces of mozzarella on each half.  Divide cheddar evenly among the four halves. Sprinkle with remaining oregano. Drizzle with olive oil and bake for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a skillet. Place garlic cloves in oil and heat pan over medium heat until the garlic is fragrant.  Remove garlic and swirl oil to coat pan (I wipe with a paper towel.) Add bread slices in batches, re wiping with oiled paper towel between sides and batches) and toast until golden on both sides.  Place one tomato half between two slices of bread and smoosh. Serve immediately.

Yield: 4 sandwiches.


Kimberly said...

My son is frequently bringing home fundraising forms from school. I swear we get one per week. Jeesh.
That sounds so tasty!!

Michelle Saunderson said...

I hate dealing with fundraisers. But this is a great idea. At my daughter's school, the band sells onions of all things for a fundraiser. But most people buy onions, so they actually make quite a bit of money.

Blond Duck said...

I wish we had something like that here.

Andrea (ace1028) said...

DUDE. I am all over that. I need to send you $25 so you can get it for me next time.

And these sandwiches? For certain on my must-have list. The hubs isn't a tomato fan, but I absolutely AM. Yum!

doseofreality said...

This is awesome! I wish we had school fundraisers like THIS!! I could actually welcome one for a change if this was the case!!

angie said...

Those sandwiches look delicious with a capitol D! :)

Stacy Uncorked said...

Ooooh YUM! I wish Princess Nagger's school did fundraisers like this - I'd be all over that! :)

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Mimi B said...

Now that's a fundraiser I can sink my teeth into. bahahaha I crack myself up. That sandwich sounds delicious! Love tomatoes like that!

Babes Mami said...

I like this fundraiser very much!!

Nicole said...

You're right that is a great fundraiser!