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Old 08-05-2008, 08:52 AM   #1
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OK.. Family Reunion time.

We haven't had one for a long time. There are no guidelines on what to bring. This is a pitch in..

Any suggestions. There are usually tons of salads and desserts at these things. I am not sure if there will be room to reheat things etc.

I was thinking of roasting some type of beast and slicing it, maybe making my cole slaw... any other suggestions???

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Old 08-05-2008, 08:58 AM   #2
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Roasted beast sounds good...!

baked beans
fruit tray
Mac salad
Deviled eggs
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Old 08-05-2008, 09:49 AM   #3
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At our reunion, I try to do 2 things...

1. do something for my elders. Most of my Aunts and Uncles are into their 80's now, so I try to make a nice meat dish for them....

something easy to eat and not too spicy. Slow cooked meat balls in sauce, or Ribs in sauce are easy on Elder pallets, again, not too spicy.. a crock pot works well.

in a pinch a big bucket of Kentucky Fried Original is always liked as it's soft too.

2. celebrate your family's Ethnic Heratige...

my parents are German/ Czech Texan farmers..

so I make a big bowl of Saurkraut Salad...

though my young cousins and children may not touch it..It's always a hit, and my Aunts and Uncles love it!..

I think it brings back fond memories... that always makes me feel good..

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Old 08-05-2008, 04:32 PM   #4
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Jeff, for these kinds of things, traditionally the women decide. We will bring salads and desserts forever. Roast beef or ham is a good idea. I'd put them in those little rolls we get at wedding receptions sometimes - Are they called silver dollar rolls? Add some mustard or cheese or whatever you're in the mood for. I think they'd be a welcome addition to the salad-dessert menu.

Just a thought.
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Old 08-05-2008, 04:38 PM   #5
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I think you should smoke a couple pork butts. The recipe I have for a BBQ sauce also is the sauce you use for the coleslaw. They can also be done in the oven - just wont' have that smoked flavor but they are still awesome!!!!!

Let me know if you want it - just PM me.
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Old 08-05-2008, 05:24 PM   #6
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I was thinking pulled pork, too, ke. Saucing it and keeping it warm in a crockpot or two.

But I do love the ham idea, too. I have a recipe for double-smoked ham (you have a smoker, right Jeff?) that is easy and delicious and would be a big hit sliced thin.

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Old 08-05-2008, 05:37 PM   #7
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Hey Jeff...I usually take a whole, bone-in ham to these kinds of functions that I run through the BBQ pit... I'm lucky to get home with the ham bone to make beans and rice with...it goes so fast! If you think you may be interested... PM me for details!!
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Old 08-05-2008, 05:41 PM   #8
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Oops!! I missed the fact that you offered the ham plan Miss Lee!!...Sorry!
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Old 08-06-2008, 10:09 AM   #9
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I'll let you all know what I ended up with on Monday. It all depends on whats on sale. My plan is a bone in ham at this point... If they have pork loin on sale again, I might have to switch to that. I just can't get enough of that stuff..

I thought about the pulled pork, and I have a fantastic recipe for that. But I don't think I want to work that hard.
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Bring a large jug of homemade root beer. That is always a hit at our family reunions.
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