Cooking Maple Soy Chicken For THIRTY PEOPLE-Is it Less Intimidating if They Are Strangers?

 Hi everyone! I had the honor today of cooking with the Mayor of Montclair, NJ, Jerry Fried for the MESH program. We were assisted by our friend  Victor who is visiting from Barcelona.

We will be feeding 30 community members tonight  who are in  need of a healthy, tasty meal.

Our town has really stepped up to cook for the MESH program this summer and some of the volunteers have surprised me because many of them would not consider themselves cooks. It made me wonder:

When you really know you are nurturing others with food and showing them you care, does it make you less self conscious and allow you to just get in the kitchen and make it happen? Does it help if they are strangers?

Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section and PLEASE register to cook for the MESH program by emailing me at Here is the MESH program site:

Thanks to all who are volunteering and hope to hear from the rest of you locals!!

Chicken with Maple Soy Marinade:

30 boneless chicken breasts and tenderloins

2 bunches fresh, washed and chopped cilantro


Maple Soy Marinade:

1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup canola oil
8 TBS soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 tsp sesame oil

Whisk all marinade ingredients together and pour over chicken breasts and tenderloins. Coat chicken by stirring and leave to marinate overnight or just a few minutes!

Grill until opaque in the center. Test with a knife in the fattest part of the breast.

Top with chopped cilantro. YuM!!!


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