Submitted to the Williams Pioneer Review
Aptly named, Dynamite Sisters Home Cooking, a new Colusa County eatery is now providing home cooked breakfasts and lunches daily at the Colusa Industrial Park (CIP).
Katie Newton, owner of the mobile kitchen, and her sister Mary actually got the idea for the business while hauling dynamite in Oregon.
“That’s what we were doing,” said Katie Newton. We hauled dynamite for a pipeline company in Oregon,” she said. “We noticed that the project site was well out in the middle of nowhere, and there certainly wasn’t anywhere for the crew to get their meals,” she said.
“I thought if I had a mobile kitchen I could provide good, nutritious food for crews like the one working on the pipeline,” she said.
She was drawn to Colusa County when her boyfriend came here to work for a pipeline company, but once here she saw the opportunity she was looking for, and she has discovered the area is a place where she is comfortable. “It is a place filled with hardworking people who understand what it is like to value the land, and the country we live in,” she said.
“I mentioned to Ed Hulbert at CIP that I wanted a mobile kitchen, and he was able to give me a lead to where I could find one right here in Colusa County,” she said.
For the last few weeks, Newton has been operating out of the mobile kitchen parked in the Colusa Milling parking lot at CIP.
“We are providing breakfast and lunch for employees on the Park, but we are open to the general public as well,” she said. The kitchen, where Newton serves up such homemade dishes as biscuits and gravy, cinnamon rolls and muffins, breakfast sandwiches, ham and egg burritos, tri-tip sandwiches, steak, bean and rice burritos and hamburgers is open from 6 am until 3 pm daily. She also serves up her signature garlic mashed potatoes, and homemade potato and pasta salads as well as her own apple pie. She will also be adding daily specials to the menu.
Newton, who learned to cook from her mother, said that she was baking bread by age 10 and doing the family canning and freezing by age 14.
“My sisters; Mary, Grace and Patie, and my brother Paul (he calls himself TNT) and I grew up in Oregon where we had our own garden, and orchard,” she said. “We had a cow as well, so I also made homemade cheese and butter.”
Newton has lived in a variety of places including Hawaii. “My time in Hawaii taught me to appreciate Kona coffee, and that is why that is what we serve,” she said.
This is a new adventure for Newton and her siblings. “We have set a goal of providing good, nutritious and tasteful food,” she said.
Everything served at Dynamite Sisters Home Cooking is fresh. “We don’t use packaged items, and we use locally grown items whenever possible,” she said.
Even the sauces are made fresh.
For now, the kitchen is open for breakfast and lunch only, but Newton said she’d like to eventually add a dinner menu as well.
The location, with picnic tables sitting in a grassy area is perfect for a family dinner,” said Newton. “I’d also like to add the occasional Saturday family ice cream special,” she said.
“Some folks may not know we are here, but we’d like to see that change,” said Newton.
Although they are located on the industrial park, the public is encouraged to come by for a home cooked meal. Newton also commented that they are considering offering a delivery service. Call in orders are