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Old 11-14-2008, 06:48 PM   #1
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Our annual Christmas buffet

Each Christmas my family gathers and we each bring a dish.
It's our Thanksgiving. I love all the family, company, togetherness.
Seems like everyone just loves the dish that each family member brings to the buffet and we can't break tradition because everyone would be disappointed if someone brought something different.
We all look forward to my mothers candied ham, gramma's corn casserole, sister-in-laws broccoli & cheese bake, etc.........
Everyone seems to like my crock-pot bean recipe.
Just once I'd love to bring something different but I know I would catch H_ LL if I tried it.
One year I printed my bean recipe and handed it to everyone just in case they wanted to try it themselves sometime other than at Christmas.
Guess I'm just getting old and lazy

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Old 11-14-2008, 06:55 PM   #2
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so..bring two things. The beans that everyone NEEEEDS and introduce a new dish for them to fall in love with!
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Old 11-14-2008, 07:01 PM   #3
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I agree - take along an extra dish for everyone else to try.
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Old 11-14-2008, 07:42 PM   #4
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chef, you're right------you're lazy........BUT in your defense if you're tired of making the beans make them one last time.......festive them up a bit --------print out so long farewell.......goodbye to the memories, etc, and tell them that you are going to do something different even if it's to put a relish dish together or open a few bags of chips with bean dip, etc, etc,.........you've given them your recipe and someone else of the younger set can make them........better yet invite one of them over for an afternoon of bonding and show them how to make them..........then they take the tradition over.........beans from scratch are time-consuming..........I was just teasing you about being lazy..........
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Old 11-14-2008, 07:51 PM   #5
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I would make whatever the heck you want and too poo with them. It's about family and friends getting together, that is why we love the holiday. That is what you can tell them too. Next year, you will send the beans and stay at home and relax!! HEHEHE
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Old 11-14-2008, 09:25 PM   #6
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The first question to ask yourself is, what will my reaction be if my sister-in-law doesn't bring her broccoli and cheese bake? Or, what will my reaction be if gramma doesn't bring her corn casserole?

If everyone really is locked onto this menu, you might want to make a few calls and find out if it would bother anyone if you brought something different. Or, as has been said, you can bring something new in addition to your regular contribution. And of course, you could just shake things up and bring something new, along with extra copies of your bean recipe.

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Old 11-14-2008, 09:31 PM   #7
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I'd make the bean dish and something new then you can tell them you're only going to bring one dish next year and ask them which they would rather have.
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Old 11-14-2008, 09:52 PM   #8
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As long as there's enough booze I don't care what they bring!
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Old 11-14-2008, 10:03 PM   #9
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Why not do 2 things ? That way you have your old traditional favorites, and maybe a new one too ?
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I'd make the bean dish and something new then you can tell them you're only going to bring one dish next year and ask them which they would rather have.
Great idea!

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