Summer on a Shoestring

After long days…
July 31, 2012, 12:56 am
Filed under: Cooking in the white house


After long days of fieldwork, dinner is a much-anticipated event at White House every night.

Every Shoestring crewmember pays $6 a day for food and someone is assigned cooking duty each night. This is no small task; cooks usually spend about two hours in the tiny White House kitchen to make dinner for our seventeen-person crew. At the beginning of the summer, when the Shoestring crew numbered a mere four people, we could eat at the kitchen table comfortably, but now that we are in the midst of the busiest part of the field season, the crew has swelled to almost twenty people and we eat in the living/dining room, where seats at the table are first-come-first-serve and many stand or eat sitting on the couch. However, dinner is always full of laughs and talk about things that happened in the field and lab that day. Dinner is also Yukon’s (Craig’s dog) favorite part of the day and a dinner at the White House wouldn’t be complete without him under the table, begging for scraps.

With so many Shoestring crew members from different parts of the country and from around the world, there is never a shortage of exciting new food cuisines. So far this summer, we have had Korean, Hawaiian, Indian, Chinese, Tex-mex, and Southern dishes. Everyone agrees that some of this summer’s dinner highlights have been Craig’s curry, Kikang’s Korean dishes, the Kalua cake, Adam’s kabobs, and Hannah’s enchiladas.



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