Once upon a time I worked at a distribution center where we had frequent potlucks. Everyone would bring a dish to pass and we would pig-out the majority of the day. One certain individual brought various treats and was happy to do so. In fact she was one of those people that would insist that you tried what she brought. Problem was, her food tasted funny and many people claimed they had gotten sick after eating it.
One day this person complained that there was a
foul odor in her house and she couldn’t figure out where it was coming from. For days she told the tale of going through all of her things trying to find the culprit to no avail. She finally decided a mouse must have died inside her wall.
Weeks passed and early one morning she was proud
to tell us that she discovered where the smell was coming from. It was the container that held her flour. She told us that she make chicken one night and
just put the raw chicken into the flour jar to coat it. She forgot to take a piece of the chicken out of the flour and it had rotted causing the stink in her house.
We questioned her cooking/baking methods and
listened in horror as she told us that she used the same large container of flour for everything from cookies to bars or chicken to pork chops and just added to the jar when it needed more flour. Some of the older ladies in the department schooled her on the risks associated with what she was doing. She had no flippin clue. Did she listen that day and change her habits in the kitchen? I
have no flippin clue either but I wasn’t taking any chances.
From then on whenever she brought cookies to work
we called them ‘Chicken Cookies’ but never to her face. And when she was eating lunch or outside at break I would happily throw away a portion of whatever she
brought. She was happy to see that some of her treats got eaten and I was happy to know that less people would have salmonella that day.
So there you have it. Beware of the Chicken Cookies because they hide out at pot-lucks, office parties and family gatherings.
And while we are on the topic please keep an eye
on the food your coworkers bring. I once remember a person bringing a cake that his wife baked. No one took any of it and he ended up taking it back home. His
wife was devastated as she spent a lot of time making the cake. He said she even cried. If it’s getting towards the end of the day and you see food that hasn’t been tasted, at the very least throw some of it away when no one is looking. That way everyone is happy and after all that’s what this time of the year is all about.
And WOW you just never know where your picture will turn up these days!