SPREADING LOVE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON ON CAPE COD
GREEN BEAN CASSEROLES FOR CHARITY = LOVE
Pictured Above: all the ingredients for the Green Bean Casseroles
The Holidays are a great time to share and create new traditions with friends and family.
And what could be more traditional and memorable than the beloved Green Bean casserole to complete your holiday meal? But did you know you can also make them to support charities in your area and make sure people in need get a complete hot holiday meal as well?
That’s what two friends on Cape Cod do every Thanksgiving Day.
For the last 20 or so years, two charitable and big hearted friends in Provincetown, MA ,Ted Cormay and Courtney Spitz have been making and delivering Turkey dinners to support the Aids Support Group of Provincetown @ASGCC_Ptown Thanksgiving Dinner.
Ted has been cooking and donating turkeys for charities on the Cape for over 20 years. A few years in he recruited his close friend Courtney to prepare sides and desserts to make the donated dinner complete. Over the years, these two friends have created a Green Bean Casserole Exchange event with their close friends that is steadily growing.
But, what is a Green Bean Casserole Exchange, you might ask?
Well it starts very early on Thanksgiving morning. Ted, a former restaurant owner and amazing cook starts the day by preparing and cooking two large turkeys, while Courtney cooks a large number of Green Bean casseroles. This is in addition to preparing another turkey and sides for a friends and family dinner to be served at Ted’s home later in the day.
The Green Bean Casserole recipe is simple and traditional which adds to the holiday cheer and brings back memories of childhood years eating Thanksgiving Dinner with Family. Courtney keeps it simple and uses the original recipe of cans of Demonte French style green beans @DelMonte , Campbells Cream of Mushroom Soup @Campbells , French’s Crispy Fried Onions @frenchs, Worcestershire Sauce, milk, pepper and a lot of “Love” when making the casseroles.
Above: Finished Casseroles. Yes they were delicious
This year Courtney cooked 13 casseroles for donation and more for a friends and family dinner that evening.
Just before noon, Ted and Courtney (pictured above) bundled up and packed their car to the brim with turkeys and casseroles and made their way across town to spread some holiday cheer.
And that is when the Holiday magic happens.
Ted and Courtney make several stops (the number increases every year) to visit friends and neighbors who are eagerly awaiting their arrival. At each stop, they barter one of their tasty green bean casseroles for a homemade side dish or dessert and some holiday cheer. Each dish adds variety and flavor to their donated Thanksgiving Meal. And being in Provincetown, one can only start to imagine the variety and beauty of the dishes they receive in exchange for one of their coveted casseroles.
Above: Ted Cormay, Courtney Spitz and the amazing volunteers at the Aids Support Group in Provincetown.
A few hours later, Ted and Courtney arrive at their final destination, the Aids Support Group and are welcomed by an appreciative group of amazing volunteers who organize and serve Thanksgiving Dinner each year to those in need.
This year was special. Ted and Courtney received so requests for green bean casseroles that they were able to donate desserts to another Provincetown charity, the Soup Kitchen in Provincetown @soupkitcheninprovincetown as well.
As word gets out about this special tradition, it makes me wonder if they will need additional cars to handle the donations next year. One can dream!
So what’s the lesson in this story?
Giving back is one of the most fulfilling things you can do during the holidays, or any time of the year. Whether you donate a hot meal, some much needed funds or volunteer some of your time to support a local charity, you will be amazed how much joy you get back in return. If you have not started donating to a charity yet, start with something small like Ted and Courtney did with a Turkey and a Green Bean Casserole or two. You might even start your own local tradition and if lucky gain the participation of your friends and family in the process. What’s better than that?
HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND BEST WISHES FOR SAFE AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR!!!!!