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What do you make for breakfast on Christmas morning?

My family tradition--and what I've continued to serve for Christmas breakfast after my mom passed away--consists of:

- Oyster Stew
- Pork Tenderloin
- Sweet Rolls
- OJ

It's that meal every year, and I freakin' love it.

Dec 22, 2010
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Need a name for this snack mix...any suggestions?

Yeah, that's pretty much why I'm looking for a new name. None of my family falls into the "trash" category, but I was hoping for a name that's a little more PC and a little more appetizing.

Dec 21, 2010
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Need a name for this snack mix...any suggestions?

HAHAHAHA! I like that!

Dec 20, 2010
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Need a name for this snack mix...any suggestions?

Yeah, there might be something to keeping the original name. I mean, the best I could come up with was "Snowman Poop." lol

Dec 20, 2010
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Need a name for this snack mix...any suggestions?

It's traditionally called "white trash," I think, and is basically a Chex Mix with chex, peanuts, pretzels, m&ms and Cheerios coated in white chocolate. I want to bring it to holiday parties this year, but would like a better name for it. Any suggestions? Thanks!

Dec 20, 2010
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Would this party menu make you ill?

Good point. I suspect only a few guests will indulge in the jello shots anyway (not everyone attending is a drinker), so maybe I'll just wait to bring them out until the people with kids have gone home.

Jun 21, 2009
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Would this party menu make you ill?

Thanks for the suggestions!

Rethinking the menu based on your ideas, I am now leaning toward:

- Fried Chicken
- Pigs in Blankets made with Lil Smokies
- Mac n Cheese
- Ants on a Snowy Log (AKA Chiggers on a Snowy Log)
- Orange "Smiles"
- Jello Shots & Jigglers
- Pizzettes (AKA Mini Pizzas)

Foods that can be prepped ahead of time are really the best choice for me (I hate spending my time in the kitchen when hosting a party!).

Anyone care to share their thoughts on the revised menu?

And by the way, thanks a ton for all the advice/suggestions! I knew in my gut that the menu was gross, no matter how many times Hubby said "Kids don't like healthy foods. Kids just like junk."

Jun 20, 2009
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Would this party menu make you ill?

I LOVE the idea of Ninja Turtle and other stuff for plates/cups. Had originally planned to go with a plain color... but maybe mixing it up would be funny.

Jun 20, 2009
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Would this party menu make you ill?

I am having cake and ice cream, so I kind of figured that would be dessert.

I like the idea of jello shots, too, as many of my friends are pretty serious drinkers.

I can't do Peanut Butter because of allergies, but was thinking about celery with some type of herbed cream cheese and dried cranberries (i.e. Ants on a Snowy Log).

I plan to get a couple of disposable chafing dishes for some of the items. The mac n cheese (the recipe tastes like cafeteria mac n cheese to me, but my taste testers loved it) is a crockpot recipe that stays edible for a few hours. (Once it gets really late, the serious drinkers will barely be tasting their food anyway. ha ha)

I did think about going with a veggie tray and giving everything "Dinosaur" names like Dinosaur Trees for broccoli and Dinosaur Eggs for grape tomatoes.

I also like the idea of orange smiles! :)

I also considered fried chicken, because we can just buy that from a local store... no cooking required. ;)

Decorations will be childhood fave books/games/toys, like CandyLand, The Velveteen Rabbit, Winnie the Pooh, Checkers. I also plan to cover the tables with white butcher paper and leave cans of Play-Doh and crayons around.

Jun 20, 2009
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Would this party menu make you ill?

Another menu item I considered--but ditched because I really wanted the mac and cheese--was baked spaghetti.

Suggestions from other party guests include: Freeze Pops, Fried Bologna Sandwiches and a cold cereal bar. See? I thought I picked out the good stuff! ha ha

Jun 20, 2009
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Would this party menu make you ill?

Ok... to clarify:

Guest list is mostly adults, just a few kids... about 30 people total.

Yes, I will be serving adult beverages... beer and wine, primarily. (Though liquor is always available to my guests.)

Many of these choices--Capri Suns, Cheetos, etc.--are actual childhood faves of some of the guests. (Everyone knows the theme, and this always leads to conversations of people reminiscing about their personal childhood faves, and I've picked out a few common items that I hear again and again. Maybe my friends/family have low class tastes.)

And in my opinion, the meal is very beige. Yeah... maybe the cheetos are orange and the mini pizzas have red sauce, but overall... Beige.

By serving this menu I was hoping to hit on at least one or two childhood faves for every guest. Conversations have made me realize that there is no universally loved childhood food. lol The result, however, is this carb/sodium mishmash.

Then again, someone did mention (maybe here) that it's a child's party... why does a menu have to be healthy and well-rounded all the time?

All the guests are close family/friends, but I totally don't want anyone walking away feeling a hard lump in their stomach! Basically, if you find the menu gross, I am totally open to suggestions, but they really need to fit within the theme. Personal childhood faves that aren't common kiddie foods or golf-menus aren't really going to help me out too much, though they're interesting to read.

And everytime we have a BBQ, Hubby is always running around cooking, cleaning, serving, etc. while I watch the baby. Just this once I want him to be able to relax without cooking and serving food. The only way I would consider hotdogs/burgers is if he could make them an hour before the party started, but I don't know of any way to keep burgers palatable that way for hours (guests will probably arrive throughout the evening).

Jun 20, 2009
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Would this party menu make you ill?

My baby's first birthday party theme is "Childhood Favorites." In light of that, the food will be kid-friendly fare. (I thought about making "adult" versions of kid faves, like sausage en croute instead of pigs in a blanket, but decided the traditional style was better for the theme.) Knowing the theme, would you be a little disgusted by this party menu if you were a guest?

Sloppy Joes
Mini Pizzas
Tater Tot Casserole
Mac N Cheese
Pigs in a Blanket
Bugles & Cheetos
Capri Sun drinks and juice boxes
Jello Jigglers

I was thinking about adding a green salad for those who really want something that's not beige. What do you think?

Jun 20, 2009
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Help with "Childhood Favorites" theme party menu

Great! I love the idea of celery spread with cheese (have to avoid PB because of allergies)... maybe I can come up with a clever name for the menu (like Ants on a Snowy Log... but better than that lol).

And I have enough space in my oven for one dish, and the sausage en croute might be perfect!

Jun 05, 2009
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Help with "Childhood Favorites" theme party menu

I could use help planning the birthday party menu for my baby's first birthday. The theme is "Childhood Favorites." I'd like the foods to be standard childhood favorites (not the weird stuff we may have personally liked, but no other kid would eat... like my personal fave, beef gravy poured over white bread). I am hoping for as many dishes I can make ahead of time and/or require no oven space.

So far my menu is:

Mac & Cheese
Jello Jigglers

I was thinking about fried chicken because it's easy (just order it from local supermarket), but is that really a childhood fave? Hubby says to do burgers and dogs, but I don't want him working at the grill... I'd rather the food be ready ahead of time. I am also running into the problem that seems like most childhood faves--chicken nuggets, French fries, etc.--are beige. This party will be mostly adults with only some kids.

Any ideas?

Jun 05, 2009
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Does this luncheon party menu sound ok?

ha ha Actually... this is a chocolate theme party. The fruit dip is chocolate. The pork is cocoa rubbed. And the BBQ sauce for the chicken is a dark chocolate bbq sauce. That's why the weird mix! I'm not sure what a strawberry jack salad is... one of my guests is insisting on bringing it.

I am trying to keep this as simple and elegant as possible, without spending the entire pre-party in the kitchen (make ahead stuff is good!). Also, oven space is limited. I don't see how I can cook the pork, keep it hot, then make sandwiches and still have them be warm when it's time to serve... especially if I'm also wrestling with the potatoes and the chicken in the oven... I don't own chafing dishes and would really prefer to avoid crockpots. Do you think I really need something hot? If so, any suggestions how to do it logistically?

Apr 22, 2009
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Does this luncheon party menu sound ok?

I am planning a luncheon party for about 35 people. It will be a buffet. Does this menu sound ok, or is it too skimpy? If it needs another finger food, what would you suggest? I thought about doing mini quiche or cold tortellini with pesto dip if I MUST have something else to avoid the table looking sparse... but I was kind of hoping to keep this as scaled down as possible.

COLD
Mini Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches
Caprese Skewers
Gourmet Cheeses & Crackers & Grapes
Strawberries & Pineapple with Fruit Dip
Strawberry Jack Salad

HOT
Twice Baked Small New Potatoes
BBQ Chicken Breast Tenders

Apr 21, 2009
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Does this cold chicken appetizer sound at all... well... appetizing?

So I am having a chocolate themed party and have a few bottles of dark chocolate barbeque sauce. Was hoping to do cold finger foods rather than hot. Does this sound ok?

- Cut raw chicken breast into bite size pieces
- Marinate in a little bit of bbq sauce
- Roast in oven until cooked through
- Skewer two or three pieces on small party/toothpicks
- Serve with additional bbq sauce on the side

Does this sound at all appetizing if served cold? Can you think of any way to make it better? One possibility is that I may be able to cook the chicken on a charcoal grill rather than in the oven. I'm mostly unsure if this is really going to taste ok cold...

Thanks for any advice or guidance you can give me!

Apr 14, 2009
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Help! Need chocolate/cocoa finger food recipes and ideas...

Thanks for the suggestions! I was hoping to serve 4-6 different finger foods, but I'm starting to think I won't be able to have chocolate/cocoa in ALL of them, or it might be a little overwhelming. Looks like I'll have to try something that may balance the richness of some of the chocolate foods.

Thanks again!

Mar 01, 2009
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Help! Need chocolate/cocoa finger food recipes and ideas...

I am not much of a cook, but thought maybe all you gourmands might be able to give me some ideas...

I want to throw a "chocolate theme" engagement party for my brother. I'd like to have finger foods (no silverware to deal with) that either have cocoa/chocolate as part of the recipe or are paired well with chocolate (perhaps as a sauce on the side). Desserts and sweets aren't a problem... got plenty of ideas for that one. It's the actual food that I'm having issues with.

I've heard of cocoa dusted scallops (though I can't find an actual recipe). And I've also heard of using cocoa in a rub for pork, but not sure how I can turn that into finger food.

Any other ideas or thoughts about it? I really appreciate any guidance you have to offer!

Mar 01, 2009
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