The breakfasts got a bit boring (a lot of oatmeal), but the cereal bar is also always open, and I LOVE the homemade granola. Lunches often consisted of homemade soup and salad. Since we were there 2 years ago, Holden has VASTLY improved its gluten-free options. Not only did they provide gluten-free coffee break snacks, but we also got gluten-free hot dog buns and pizza. They also regularly offered gluten-free bread.
Check out this blog post from a young woman who worked at Holden during the spring (and loves to bake). She has some beautiful photos of the snow and also of the bread.
The Holden food is not for everyone--it's much healthier than what most people are used to eating. One day is "Hunger Awareness Day," where previously we had baked potatoes, but this year we had brown rice. They offered condiments to spice up the rice--I used soy sauce, hot sauce, and parsley--and it was actually surprisingly good and filling. Holden donates the money they save on that day each week to hunger organizations.
If the food is not filling enough--or even if it is--there's always ice cream. The ice cream shop is open each afternoon (except Sunday) and evening after vespers. A "Holden scoop" is three generous scoops, for $1.50. It's the best deal around! Mike and the kids had ice cream every day.
|Mike and Nick waiting for ice cream|
|Nick's very generous "Holden Scoop"|
|Even 90-year-olds love their ice cream!|
|Sophie working hard scooping ice cream|
|The family that eats ice cream together stays together|
|Silly Drew (who got to clean out the tub)|
|Mike talking to my childhood friend Arne and former pastor Dale|
We resolved to eat more Holden meals back at home. Last night Mike made black beans and rice for dinner. He followed Mark Bittman's recipe for beans, and they were even better than Holden--they had tomatoes and onions in them--and we had cheese, avocado, sour cream, and spinach on top. Delicious!!