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Ideas for religion-themed dinner party?

eel Aug 6, 2010 01:22 PM

I’m seeking ideas for a dinner party with a “religion” theme. No particular religion, nor is it to be any kind of religious event. It’s just a starting point to spark creativity for a pot luck dinner of chowhounds. I hope nobody takes offense.

I was thinking along the lines of monk fish, Buddha’s hand, Trappist ale.


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    smartie RE: eel Aug 6, 2010 03:10 PM

    Christmas Pudding, Christmas Cake? Easter Eggs? Hot Cross Buns?

    1. bagelman01 RE: eel Aug 6, 2010 06:34 PM

      St John's Bread (carob)
      Angel Food Cake
      Devil's Food Cake
      B&B (brandy and Benedictine)
      Christian Brother's Brandy
      background music--stairway to heaven
      St. Peter's Fish (Tilapia)
      Chorba El Jourad (Locust Soup) (the Plagues)

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        soupkitten RE: eel Aug 6, 2010 06:39 PM

        deviled eggs (etc)

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          pickychicky1979 RE: eel Aug 6, 2010 07:03 PM

          Angels and/or devils on horseback

          1. Glencora RE: eel Aug 6, 2010 07:29 PM

            Nun's sighs. (My French FIL calls them Nun's farts. Not entirely sure if they're the same thing.)

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              pamiam RE: eel Aug 6, 2010 09:58 PM

              Religieuses: http://www.cuisine-french.com/cgi/mdc...

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                LuckyCharm RE: eel Aug 7, 2010 07:22 PM

                Lutheran casserole (green bean casserole)
                Mormon funeral potatoes
                Anything Jello salad...

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                  GraydonCarter RE: LuckyCharm Aug 7, 2010 08:31 PM

                  For some reason this reminded me of the family that kept getting tuna noodle casseroles while the mom was getting chemo treatments so they started calling it "cancer casserole."

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                    Will Owen RE: GraydonCarter Aug 7, 2010 08:58 PM

                    Up in Lutheran Country it's apparently a major funeral dish, which is probably the next step down... Remember Garrison Keillor's song about it, with the verse that says: "After my sojourn is over / Then shall I take to the air / Afterwards in the church basement / Tuna casserole will be there."

                    Being a Midwestern Methodist (lapsed) myself, I'm tempted to suggest cubes of white bread and tiny glasses of Welch's grape juice... that'd be the Communion Course.

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                      c oliver RE: Will Owen Aug 8, 2010 11:31 AM

                      Recently I've bought some very mildly flavored crackers that remind me incredibly of communion wafers (lapsed Catholic so we got wafers).

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                        Will Owen RE: c oliver Aug 8, 2010 02:38 PM

                        In the Church of Christ (quite austerely Fundamentalist) they use matzoh, which makes perfect sense. And of course unfermented grape juice, which doesn't.

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                        mpjmph RE: Will Owen Aug 8, 2010 12:15 PM

                        Oh, the little plastic cups...

                  2. Veggo RE: eel Aug 7, 2010 08:53 PM

                    Maybe pour your wine from Evian bottles?

                    1. ipsedixit RE: eel Aug 7, 2010 09:08 PM

                      Have people bring what they believe was served at the Last Supper.

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                        Veggo RE: ipsedixit Aug 7, 2010 09:16 PM

                        So doggie bags are out?

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                          c oliver RE: Veggo Aug 8, 2010 11:32 AM


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                          mamachef RE: ipsedixit Sep 6, 2010 07:41 AM

                          I was going to say....have people bring what they'd WANT at their last supper. Or make an entree and salad, and have people bring favorite breads and (red) wines. Also - pretzels are said to form the shape of a child's praying hands, and were developed by a monk - don't know what to do with that one, but it's interesting.

                        3. greygarious RE: eel Aug 7, 2010 09:24 PM

                          Moros y Cristianos (Moors & Christians, another name for black beans and rice)
                          "Stake" Diane?
                          Loaves and Fishes - that seafood-stuffed loaf from Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home
                          hearts of palm
                          'Nilla "wafers"

                          1. soypower RE: eel Aug 7, 2010 11:31 PM

                            This may take alot of chickens, but perhaps a dish full of pope's noses?

                            1. Tripeler RE: eel Aug 8, 2010 12:11 AM

                              I am certain that each guest must have a very well developed sense of humor. I could see this turning into a mess of squabbles.

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                                maxie RE: eel Aug 8, 2010 12:28 PM

                                A cheese platter entitled Cheeses of Nazareth

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                                  smartie RE: maxie Aug 8, 2010 01:59 PM

                                  when they're gone there will be nun left!

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                                  thursday RE: eel Aug 8, 2010 01:53 PM

                                  Perhaps Blackened Sole as the main course?

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                                    valerie RE: eel Aug 8, 2010 01:59 PM

                                    I am hosting a book club dinner tonight and the book we read was The 19th Wife (about Mormons/the end of polygamy). It was a stretch since there is not much talk of food in the book, but I am serving Mormon funeral potatoes, "Utah's famous green jello", Lion House dinner rolls with honey butter (since Utah is the Beehive state). I made a few other dishes that relate back to Utah, but not necessarily the Mormon religion.

                                    1. junescook RE: eel Aug 8, 2010 02:58 PM

                                      Lamb of God?

                                      1. Emme RE: eel Aug 8, 2010 10:48 PM

                                        Hearts of Psalm Salad
                                        Koran-chy Fried Chicken
                                        Mashed PoTAOtoes
                                        Chocolate Karma-l Truffle Cake

                                        1. mamachef RE: eel Sep 6, 2010 07:46 AM

                                          Artichokes alla Judaica, which are baby artichokes trimmed and fried in olive oil, battered or not. And Hoppin' John occurred to me - people in the South frequently have black-eyed peas on New Year's Day for luck in the coming year, which is a superstition based on numerous African religions and traditions. You could also do Voodou bones by incorporating little ribs or wings in there somewhere; chicken's better as it is traditional to their ceremonies.

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                                            beevod RE: eel Sep 6, 2010 08:06 AM

                                            Burka bread

                                            1. mrbigshotno.1 RE: eel Sep 6, 2010 08:49 AM

                                              Pan de Muerto


                                              1. Veggo RE: eel Sep 6, 2010 09:09 AM

                                                You could serve virgin Mary's, but have a bottle of vodka nearby.

                                                1. Miss Needle RE: eel Sep 6, 2010 10:19 PM

                                                  Buddhist's Delight.

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