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Oct 22, 2012 10:35 AM

Ideas requested as thanks to my Fire Dept.

I didn't have the best morning - 5 trucks from the fire dept. at 8:15 a.m. is not a great way to start the day. Fortunately, a smoke detector and their fast response kept the situation from being terrible.

I'd like to make some food to take to the station as a thank you, but I'm on a *very* tight budget. Judging from how many people arrived at my house, it's a pretty big crew. Though I know snickerdoodles will do, I thought I'd ask for other suggestions that might be more interesting. I'm still a little rattled and, therefore, brain dead.

The problem is that $20 is the most I can do (which sounds awful considering they saved me, but I'm unemployed). Should I just do baked goods?

Thanks for any more interesting ideas.

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  1. What about something more healthy, like some homemade hummus or salsa? Was thinking these guys probably stay pretty fit for their job and might appreciate it, and a big batch would be pretty cheap. You could determine if you had money for chips, or let them decide what to do with it (ex: use as part of a staff meal).

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    1. re: jboeke

      Probably just me but I don't like homemade food gifts from strangers. Cynical maybe but you just don't know other people's standards.

      If I were you, I'd go to the bulk store and buy as much as $20 would get you of jelly beans or something cheery like that and Bob's your uncle. Besides these guys like to do their own cooking. How about a nice bottle of olive oil?

      Afterall it's the thought that counts.

    2. Baked goods are probably the most budget-friendly way to go - it doesn't get a whole lot cheaper than sugar and flour. If you wanted to do something a little more interesting, though, what about quiche? Eggs are cheap, and you don't have to use a ton of expensive cheese/cream if you don't want to - I've had perfectly tasty quiche made just with whole milk and a little cream cheese to add richness. A little sausage or other meat to flavor it, some onions or other veg and you're all set. Along the same lines, a breakfast strata made with homemade bread can be pretty economical and delicious - you could even cook it in muffin cups for individual servings.

      1. I know our local crew always appreciates cake.

        1. I'd go for the cookies -- they'll appreciate it, it doesn't require any special care, there's enough in a batch to make sure the entire station gets at least one, and they don't go bad.

          1. How about caramel corn? $20 should go far and the homemade variety is amazingly delicious. If you want to vary it, I have seen some recipes which use kool ade for flavor and color.

            Glad you are safe!