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Old 08-15-2011, 09:17 PM   #1
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Suggestions for Family Reunion

I have a family reunion coming up and it is a potluck type of arrangements. I always seem to go for desserts to take. I am looking for some suggestions on something different and maybe a little challenging to take this year. I have to put it together the night before or early the morning of and serve it at around 4pm. Anyone up the the task of providing me the challenge?

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Old 08-15-2011, 09:37 PM   #2
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I have a family reunion coming up and it is a potluck type of arrangements. I always seem to go for desserts to take. I am looking for some suggestions on something different and maybe a little challenging to take this year. I have to put it together the night before or early the morning of and serve it at around 4pm. Anyone up the the task of providing me the challenge?
Hi Harold. In my experience, potlucks without any structure can be pretty tricky.
I've seen them end up with way too many desserts, and not enough "food" if you know what I mean. For example, is the main dish being provided, and others are expected to bring the sides and desserts?
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You could make a "basket out of a watermelon and fill it with fresh melon balls, blueberries, strawberries, and any other fresh fruit you can find. Usually goes over well.
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Harold how many are invading?
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Old 08-16-2011, 06:58 AM   #6
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The meats are provided and everyone brings a veggie/salad/side item and a case of drink. We are expecting approximately 50-60 ppl this year according to responses. I am leaning towards a 4-5 loaves of fresh breads and rolls. I love to bake bread and the smell just warms the house.
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The meats are provided and everyone brings a veggie/salad/side item and a case of drink. We are expecting approximately 50-60 ppl this year according to responses. I am leaning towards a 4-5 loaves of fresh breads and rolls. I love to bake bread and the smell just warms the house.
are you accepting applications for family membership? i do so love good homemade breads....
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I used to make beans for get togethers. The kind you soak and make from scratch. I left them in the CI Dutch oven for serving, plus it kept them warm for transport. Everyone thought that was pretty cool. A break from the usual tin foil cookware you often see at such events.
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Thanks for the details Harold.
The bread, fruit basket and beans all sound like good ideas. Anything but potato salad. We went to a huge 4th of July potluck, and I never saw so many boring potato salads in my life.
This is what I took, and it was a huge hit.
Something "different".....side dish
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I used to make beans for get togethers. The kind you soak and make from scratch. I left them in the CI Dutch oven for serving, plus it kept them warm for transport. Everyone thought that was pretty cool. A break from the usual tin foil cookware you often see at such events.
Oh yes Pac, Harold could theme the get together, Blazing Saddles I'd be made up if I was invited to a bash like that.
Ps I don't mean I would put make up on, its UK slang for happy.................well maybe just a touch of blusher
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That's a great idea, Bolas. Harold could arrive on an ox
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I like the combination of ideas here. I think I will do the fresh breads and a fruit arrangement around the breads. sounds good to me.
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I did the melon inside a melon thing one year and it was a hit. Who doesn't like fresh fruit? Also did fruit kebobs one year, very easy and eye-catching.
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Old 08-16-2011, 04:21 PM   #14
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Here's a great fruit dip to add to your fruit:

I am not much on measurements:

Equal parts heavy duty mayonaise & sour cream
Marashino cherry juice
Honey
Fresh garlic
A touch of cayene pepper.
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[QUOTE=simonbaker;1037898]Here's a great fruit dip to add to your fruit:

I am not much on measurements:

Equal parts heavy duty mayonaise & sour cream
Marashino cherry juice
Honey
Fresh garlic
A touch of cayene pepper.[/QUOTE

wow, fascinating mix of flavors?!
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my family has a get together every year that is big enough to be called a sort of a reunion.

last year, i made a huge pot of manhattan clam chowder that everyone loved. soup makes a really good starter/appy at pot lucks that a lot of people overlook.
not a drop was left.
it would go really well with your fresh bread.

i'll post the recipe if anyone's interested.
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my family has a get together every year that is big enough to be called a sort of a reunion.

last year, i made a huge pot of manhattan clam chowder that everyone loved. soup makes a really good starter/appy at pot lucks that a lot of people overlook.
not a drop was left.
it would go really well with your fresh bread.

i'll post the recipe if anyone's interested.
that's it--now i seriously have to crash this party!!!
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Interested! Please post, BT!
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ok, will do. gotta get to a real computer to do so, not this star trek thing of a phone i have.
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my family has a get together every year that is big enough to be called a sort of a reunion.

last year, i made a huge pot of manhattan clam chowder that everyone loved. soup makes a really good starter/appy at pot lucks that a lot of people overlook.
not a drop was left.
it would go really well with your fresh bread.

i'll post the recipe if anyone's interested.
I would love the recipie!
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