Cops prepare jambalaya for isolated neighbors

SHEBOYGAN – Half a dozen local police chiefs and the Sheboygan County Sheriff traded their badges for aprons Wednesday morning to help prepare special meals for Fresh Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County recipients.

As a part of Meals On Wheels America’s national “More than a Meal” campaign, Fresh Meals On Wheels is focused on increasing collaborations with local companies and leaders in the community to enhance services for clients, deliver elevated meals, and offer unique volunteer opportunities.

The special meal featured New Holstein Police Department Captain Jeff Hebl’s Jambalaya recipe, which he’s prepared in large quantities for the New Holstein Huskies. “Jambalaya is very filling, but we toned down the spice factor for Meals On Wheels,” noted Captain Hebl.

Jambalaya, a dish popular in Louisiana, is traditionally made in three parts with meat and vegetables, completed by adding stock and rice. A side of corn, fresh baked bread, a piece of fruit and chocolate cake were served with the meal.

Top law enforcement officers worked alongside Meals On Wheels’ culinary team to prepare nearly 300 meals for homebound neighbors throughout Sheboygan County. “Cops in the Kitchen” began in 2014 when the organization approached Captain Hebl of New Holstein, who has won several cooking competi- tions. Hebl challenged other law enforcement leaders to join him.

Police Chiefs Christopher Domagalski of Sheboygan, Jeffrey Tauscheck of Plymouth, William Rutten of Kohler, Craig Plehn of Chilton and Sheriff Todd Priebe of Sheboygan County accepted the challenge. “This is my second year participating and I enjoy the opportunity.” Sheriff Priebe shared, “Helping out by taking care of our neighbors is what our community is all about.”

“We offer more than a meal. Besides a daily safety check, new clients receive a lap blanket, volunteers decorate meal bags, quilters sew placemats, clients receive a cupcake on their birthday, law enforcement and firefighters replace smoke detectors and help winterize homes,” said Saunders Kohn, Meals On Wheels’ Vice President of the Board of Directors. “We appreciate the little things community members do to brighten our neighbors’ day and to help clients remain independent in their homes.”

With no formal training as a chef, Hebl began cooking competitively a few years ago after a couple convinced him to share his recipe for jumbo shrimp with Cap’n Crunch stuffing on “Living with Amy,” a local show on a Green Bay station. After his first appearance, Hebl had the itch to compete, entering his recipe for Cap’n Crunch stuffed pork chops in Mad Dog and Merrill’s cookoff at the Fond du Lac County Fair where he took first place.

Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to addressing isolation and hunger. It is the first home-delivered meal program in the nation to significantly partner with local farmers and gardeners who donate fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs to be integrated into meals. Fresh produce ensures Meals On Wheels can continue to serve the highest quality and most nutritious meals, along with caring social interaction, to more than 300 residents throughout Sheboygan County every day.

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