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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.


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

    Buddhist's Delight.

    1. Veggo Sep 6, 2010 09:09 AM

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

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

        Pan de Muerto


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          beevod Sep 6, 2010 08:06 AM

          Burka bread

          1. mamachef 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.

            1. Emme Aug 8, 2010 10:48 PM

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

              1. junescook Aug 8, 2010 02:58 PM

                Lamb of God?

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                  valerie 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.

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                    thursday Aug 8, 2010 01:53 PM

                    Perhaps Blackened Sole as the main course?

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                      maxie Aug 8, 2010 12:28 PM

                      A cheese platter entitled Cheeses of Nazareth

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                        smartie Aug 8, 2010 01:59 PM

                        when they're gone there will be nun left!

                      2. Tripeler 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.

                        1. soypower Aug 7, 2010 11:31 PM

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

                          1. greygarious 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. ipsedixit Aug 7, 2010 09:08 PM

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

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                                Veggo Aug 7, 2010 09:16 PM

                                So doggie bags are out?

                                1. re: Veggo
                                  c oliver Aug 8, 2010 11:32 AM


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                                  mamachef 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. Veggo Aug 7, 2010 08:53 PM

                                  Maybe pour your wine from Evian bottles?

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                                    LuckyCharm Aug 7, 2010 07:22 PM

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

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                                      GraydonCarter 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 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 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 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 Aug 8, 2010 12:15 PM

                                            Oh, the little plastic cups...

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                                        pamiam Aug 6, 2010 09:58 PM

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

                                        1. Glencora 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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                                            pickychicky1979 Aug 6, 2010 07:03 PM

                                            Angels and/or devils on horseback

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                                              soupkitten Aug 6, 2010 06:39 PM

                                              deviled eggs (etc)

                                              1. bagelman01 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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                                                  smartie Aug 6, 2010 03:10 PM

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

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