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Chutz
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   Posted 7/26/2009 10:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Happy Monday to all!! smilewinkgrin It's the beginning of the week and new opportunities to find happiness and fun in our lives. We all like to talk about food on this forum and this is often the time of year we have picnics, barbecues and get togethers with family and friends. Those family events are often the best because when everyone brings a food dish you know that something good is coming. Maybe it's your aunt's pasta salad, or a desert that a cousin always brings to family affairs. Maybe it's a church picnic and pastor's wife makes the best cake ever...maybe angel food???...hahaha..OK, that was bad.

But do you have any fond memories of picnics or gatherings where you were looking forward to one person's dish that they are famous for and/or usually bring??? When we were young and would meet family at a local swimming pool/park I remember one aunt would bring the very best chocolate frosted brownies. OM Goodness! I'm drooling just thinking of them. I have no idea if they were from a box or from scratch but I would always hope she would show up with the brownies!!

What memories do you have of friends or families bringing food to a gathering? It could be a summer event or even Thanksgiving.

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Tony McGuire
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   Posted 7/27/2009 12:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I am a big lover of potatoes in any way you can make them except scalloped; scalloped for some reason make gag at the site let alone of the smell.

However, one very special way to use potatoes is in a potato salad. We drove to my wife's uncle Max and aunt Jodie's to fix their computer once. While there they happened to have potato salad. You can ruin potatoes in potato salad but Jodie's was heaven. From then on Jodie just offers a bribe. I have even offered to come over to break their computer so that she will make some potato salad and invite us over.

I'm not her only fan. It is a fine line whether people leave enough for firsts for everyone, let alone there be enough for seconds.

PAlady
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   Posted 7/27/2009 12:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I come from an Italian family. Need I say more regarding food, the varieties and the amounts on hand for any and every gathering? LOL

What initially came to mind, especially for summer gatherings, are my one cousin's baked beans. She makes them with bacon and brown sugar and I'm not sure what else but I can never get mine to taste the same. And I never have just one helping - although I try to do it when people aren't looking!! :-)

I have been known to have even a third helping....

PaLady

jujub
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   Posted 7/27/2009 12:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm up hurting with the CP folks this morning, so I'm going to play with you.

My mother's family had a reunion every summer. In the park, everyone brought a dish. I always looked forward to my grandmother's cherry cobbler. She was living half-time with my parents and the other half with my uncle by then, so this was pretty much the only time she cooked. She'd bring it in all warm and bubbly and with just the right amount of almond and cinnamon in the filling...

Yum!
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PAlady
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   Posted 7/27/2009 12:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Judy,
Sorry you're hurting but glad you jumped in with us!

That cherry cobbler - warm, at that! - is making my mouth water! Almond and cinnamon...yum! I put cinnamon in lots of things - when I make a blueberry pie, in my coffee on some days, and even just a dash in my chili!

I have a feeling this group is going to create quite a picnic menu!

PaLady

jujub
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   Posted 7/27/2009 2:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I use cinnamon in most anything I don't use tabasco in. And I love it in coffee too.
 
 
It really isn't the hurting that gets to me, I'm used to that. It's the keeping me all night that irritates me.


Judy
 
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Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001.
Flared for 5 years, finally in remission with Remicade since March 2006.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroids.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. 
"My life is an ongoing medical adventure"
 


pnmorlando
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   Posted 7/27/2009 4:37 AM (GMT -7)   
we have a great recipe for potato salad in our family and either myself or my wife make it all the time. the trick is boiling skin-on potatoes ubtil just done then cooling just enough until you handle them to peel and dice. then the right amount of sugar and always "mircle whip" never mayo. my wife always makes scalloped potatoes with whipping cream instead of milk and lots of butter,mmmmmmmmmmmmm

mike
61 yr old, male, have had back issues for 30 yrs, had fusion L5/S1 in dec 08, am totally fused but could never stand up or walk without a walker, have seen multiple drs, the last mri showed that a bone in back had totally disengrated , so i have a75 degree kypohisis. I also have 4 screws starting to poke through my back and they wanted to take out hardware and fix kypohsis but had a heart attack in march 09, so iys on hold now. cant lay down flat in bed have slept in recliner for 18 months. have pain 24/7. was forced to quit job, was chef at small college, on disability now.

taking oxycontin 60 mg x 2, oxycodone 10/325 x 4, lyrica 100 mg x 2 plus diabetes meds plus heart meds


anice
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   Posted 7/27/2009 5:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Most times when there is a get together from family or work, I am always asked to bring my pinwheels. This is tortillas-cream cheese,ham(chuncked from the can) and green onions. The ingredients are all mixed together and put on the tortilla,roll them up and cut in small pieces. Then you dip them in picante' sauce. I know it sounds wierd, but everytime I make them, there is never any leftovers. They are all eaten up. These little things are wonderful!!!!
Anice

White Beard
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   Posted 7/27/2009 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
My Mom and my Grand mother on my Dads side used to make a concoction called Pineaple Dope! It is pineapple chunks, several big cans with the juice heated in a large pan, with lots of minute Tapioca and sugar, you heat it till the sugar and Tapioca desolves, then you add maraschino cherries, drained ( no juice at all) mix it all together and then take a large high sided glass dish, and fill the bottom with miniture marshmellows, and pour the hot pineapple, cherry, tapioca mixture over the marshmellows. The Marshmellows melt and rise to the top through the pinapple, put in the frig and serve it cold in a dish. The tapioca thickens the mixture, and it is a refreshing summer time dish, that as a boy we always had it at get-togethers! I learned how to make it from my mother and I make it quite frequently in the summer!!

PALady you have now become my best friend!, you make Blueberry pies? mmmmmmmm good! I don't usually like Ice cream but Blueberry pie served with DQ soft serve, well........ is there anything better? mmmmmmmmm!

White Beard
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PAlady
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   Posted 7/27/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
White Beard,
Your recipe reminded me of something my mother used to make. Sounds very similar. I think hers had cream cheese in it, and I remember she put it in the freezer, and then we'd thaw sections of it when we wanted it.

I only just started making blueberry pies a couple of years ago. I'm really not a great pie maker (my pies taste good but they don't always look great like some people can do!). I decided a couple of years ago to make one for some family event just as a change of pace (I usually do the pumpkins, but in the fall as you know! LOL) and hunted up a recipe on foodtv network. It had the cinammon in it and I was even surprised at how good it came out.

I may have to make one soon. It's a good season; the blueberries aren't as expensive as in the winter!

My, this group is coming up with a great menu - but I had no doubts about that! :-)

PaLady
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