It is my good fortune to be a part of a Toastmasters club at the state prison just outside our little town. We meet on Mondays and each week we are treated to a variety of speeches on topics ranging from soup to nuts. Last night Phil did a “TV segment” as he taught us the fine points of cooking in prison. IT WAS HILARIOUS! But every guy in the club assured me that this is truly one of their favorite treats. They make them regularly and highly recommended to me that I try it. SERIOUSLY.
Here’s how Phil makes PRISON P’ZONES:
*Please note that Phil shops in the prison canteen so his package sizes will vary from the choices we have using SNAP, Angel Food Ministry choices, food commodities or food pantries!
1 package of 6 tortillas
1 package of pepperoni
1 package of cheese
1 small jar of jalapeno peppers
He uses one paper towel per P’zone and lays each tortilla atop a paper towel. Using a standard issue protractor as a cutting tool, Phil divides the cheese into very small pieces and arranges them on one half of each tortilla. Then he divides the pepperoni accordingly and places that on each tortilla. He then folds each tortilla in half, taking care to keep all the ingredients inside at all times. Then, using a second paper towel on the top, he IRONS with the iron that is chained to the wall, each P’zone until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is nicely warmed. He recommends for those of us on the streets we would find it easier to use our George Forman grills! Phil eats the jalapeno peppers separately -the way I might enjoy chocolate chips! I guess we can use our own discretion when it comes to jalapenos!
Incidentally, Phil’s speech evaluator was gracious; he did share his disappointment, however, that Phil did not furnish the club with samples of this delicacy!
Phil is not alone in his culinary prowess. I once attended an event at the prison where someone made nacho cheese dip IN A 30 CUP PERCOLATOR! It was delicious!
Creativity seems to bloom when funds are scarce and kitchen equipment is absent. Think about how YOU might create tasty, interesting dishes for the people you love even though you may not have a tricked-out gourmet kitchen and a ginormous food budget!
Your comments have been coming in at firstname.lastname@example.org and we deeply appreciate that. We note that people are signing up for tips and information at Food Stamps Cooking Club, too! Thanks for getting the word out!