PORTLAND, Maine – What started with one employee sharing a recipe with colleagues during the COVID-19 pandemic is now a cookbook, featuring recipes from Transportation Security Administration (TSA) coworkers throughout Maine.
The Cookbook, an idea that TSA Stakeholder Liaison Janine Hodel cooked up, is designed for expansion if others want to contribute and share with their colleagues. So far, TSA employees from Portland International Jetport, Bangor International Airport and Knox County Regional Airport have submitted nine recipes.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused people to spend more time at home and eat in, so it has been a great opportunity to try new recipes, said Hodel, who contributed her favorite breakfast recipe of lobster scrambled eggs.
“It’s all about quarantine cooking and so far we’ve gotten a good response,” Hodel said. “We hope to get more submissions and continue to share with the workforce. I think people are eager to try new dishes with all of the cooking at home that everybody has been doing.”
Recipes include photos of the contributors and their families cooking at home along with detailed instructions on how to make dishes, including chicken spinach pesto pizza, no-bean chili, beef and broccoli with Chinese five spice, family style white bread and pumpkin cookies. Of course, since these TSA employees work in Maine, for a recipe for steamed Maine lobster seemed to be a requirement. The book also includes a cocktail to cap off an evening meal.
“This is great! It just goes to show our folks are a team even outside of work,” said Bob Allison, TSA’s Federal Security Director for Maine. “I’m looking forward to trying to make the Lobster Scrambled Eggs myself.