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What appetizer dish do you see at parties and think, "Ewe, ickky--not for me!"

I'm tired of seeing Layered Mexican Dip. When it's first presented, it looks so yummy, but after a few people (especially those slobs who don't use a spoon), glob it up all over the dish, or even worse, double-dip, or let their chips break off and just leave them in the dip, I just can't bring myself to eat it.

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  1. I'm with you on the 7 layer dip. Never appealing. Bean dips in general never look good.

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    1. re: juliejulez

      Aspic!

    2. Anything that includes a packet of dried onion dip mix.

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      1. re: treb

        I adore plain old potato chips and onion dip made from Lipton's Onion Soup mix. I'll take that over fancy frou-frou canapes any day.

        1. re: Njchicaa

          Ditto here. In fact, at my friend's house yesterday she had a gorgeous spread of all kinda of appetizers... fancy cheeses, cured meats, crackers, crudite, hummus, and.... ruffles and onion soup dip... guess which disappeared first?

          1. re: juliejulez

            Same thing happened last month at our house: a gathering of law students had never before encountered the onion soup dip, and inhaled it. I had to make a second batch. Go figure.

            1. re: pikawicca

              Raised by wolves, were they?

              1. re: pikawicca

                Onion soup dip is crack and hence only served at the occasional family gathering.

                ETA: "Delicious" crack, that is.

              2. re: juliejulez

                It goes quickly here too.

                1. re: juliejulez

                  Ruffles? No, no, no...Jays! (of course, I'd eat the Ruffles if the Jays weren't available)

                2. re: Njchicaa

                  My kid has been mixing cheap ramen seasoning packets with sour cream for dip at parties. Says it gets practically inhaled.

                  1. re: sandylc

                    wonder why? could it be because its almost entirely salt? I have to say love that stuff ;:-/

                    1. re: iL Divo

                      MSG; umami!!!

                    2. re: sandylc

                      thanks for the idea. My kids eat ramen, but leave out the seasoning packets. I was wondering what to do with them.

                    3. re: Njchicaa

                      I love that dip too. I make it 2-3 times a year, buy bags of low salt Wise potato chips and dig in.

                      1. re: Njchicaa

                        Just made that on Memorial Day. We hadn't had it in years and I was craving it, or maybe just the salt and fat, but it was yummy.

                      2. re: treb

                        wow...onion dip made from the dried packet is one of my all-time favorites, but it _does_ need to be made a day (or preferably two days) in advance to give the onions and the dry components ample time to rehydrate.

                        I will agree that if made the same day, it's not so great.

                        I also prefer a slightly higher ratio of sourcream in the mix than typically recommended. Some of those soup/dip mixws can be mighty salty.

                      3. Most.

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                        1. re: MGZ

                          Most? Really?

                        2. This is not considered an appetizer, but I go crazy when my relatives in northern Minnesota have high school graduation parties for their kids and friends. They always serve Snicker salad, a concoction with cut-up Snicker bars, Granny Smith apples, walnuts and Cool Whip. I guess it's what the kids like, but I still go crazy.

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                          1. re: shoo bee doo

                            the name alone is such an awesome oxymoron!

                            1. re: hotoynoodle

                              +100, your comment made me LOL

                            2. re: shoo bee doo

                              That sounds strangely awesome and disgusting all at once.....

                              1. re: shoo bee doo

                                Egads that sounds like something a bunch of 10 year olds made up during a slumber party..

                                My Party pet peves
                                potato skins
                                veleteta cheese dip
                                anytime some one opens a bag of chips and doesnt bother to put them in a bowl and leaves the dip in a store bought jar

                                1. re: girloftheworld

                                  That sends me crazy. Is it that hard to put something in a bowl?

                                  1. re: girloftheworld

                                    If I never see a potato skin, I'll be fine with that.

                                    1. re: pinehurst

                                      Those still making an appearance? Potato skins were ubiquitous in mid 1990s. Good f'n riddance.

                                      1. re: globocity

                                        mid 80's. TGI Friday's back before they became a chain.

                                        1. re: chowser

                                          TGI Friday's has been a chain since 1971.

                                          1. re: JMF

                                            Awww, I had to look it up. I only knew of one on Newbury St. in Boston and assumed that was the first. I always assumed that was the first and the one in Faneuil Hall was the second. I wonder if I've been wrong all along about Legal Seafood and Boston Chicken/Market, too. I thought I knew the originals.

                                            1. re: chowser

                                              The original was in NYC and the first "Singles" bar that started the singles scene in the 70's.

                                              1. re: JMF

                                                I knew it as a singles bar first, then potato skins second. I'm feeling a little like that Seinfeld skit when he said his mom thought the McDonald's she went to was the only one. "Ma, you thought that McDonald's sold half a billion hamburgers???"

                                                1. re: JMF

                                                  That's right, singles were brand-new as of the 1970s.

                                                  1. re: foiegras

                                                    Actually "singles" bars were a new thing. Many bars didn't allow women, and definitely not single women. A bar would have an attached lounge where women/couples would go. Heck, McSorley's didn't allow women in until 1970. So the concept of a "singles" bar, where women and men could go to meet, was very different concept for bars and started in the 1960's.

                                                    http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ide...

                                                    http://www.ediblegeography.com/a-cock...

                                                    1. re: JMF

                                                      Yes, I see your point ... so pleased I'm too young to have experienced being unwelcome anywhere by myself. Well, there's the occasional snotty hostess at a restaurant, but I've certainly never had anyone look at me with the suspicion I might be a call girl ... it's good to be alive at this particular point in time.

                                              2. re: JMF

                                                and began in 1965, by the same guy who later started smith & wollensky.

                                                1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                  Alan Stillman...

                                            2. re: globocity

                                              Good. More for my wife and me. We enjoy them, now and again.

                                              1. re: globocity

                                                When well-made, they're delicious - just like many other foods.

                                                I think they date back a bit more - they were a pretty big deal in the mid-seventies through early eighties.

                                              2. re: pinehurst

                                                Potato skins always sounded a lot better than they usually turned out.

                                                1. re: Firegoat

                                                  True. I've had some very good ones, but more often than not, they're overdone and awful.

                                              3. re: girloftheworld

                                                but . . . . but . . . . .but potato skins are the food of gods and emperors

                                                1. re: Sparkina

                                                  Absolutely!

                                                  At least since I've been a wee child and we grew our own potatoes. After they were baked and the insides eaten, we would glom the crispy skins brushed with butter and broiled.

                                                  That was in the late 60's, and we didn't think of sour cream on potatoes - we were not fashionable.

                                                2. re: girloftheworld

                                                  Velveeta is always the first thing to go no matter how sophisticated the palate.

                                                3. re: shoo bee doo

                                                  Holy crap!

                                                  1. re: shoo bee doo

                                                    My first thought was "eeww" but it's chocolate, caramel, apples and nuts Not a bad combination. And, it's granny smith so there is some tartness to it.

                                                    1. re: chowser

                                                      Yabbut, then there's the Cool Whip. Yum. Not.

                                                      1. re: sandylc

                                                        it could be worse....I was sitting here thinking... what coulld you use? I thought a cream cheese mascorpne might work. with some powderd sugar an a touch of rum... and then my sister said "WHAT ABOUT MARSHMELLOW FLUFF" i told her she was going the wrong the way

                                                        1. re: sandylc

                                                          Yeah, I was trying to ignore that part.;-)

                                                          1. re: sandylc

                                                            I was raised on Cool Whip. No matter how hard I try, mom's pumpkin pie and no bake cheesecake don't taste the same without them.

                                                          2. re: chowser

                                                            chowser. Only if it a bad (typical) Granny Smith. Not tart, but coarse and green tasting. Granny Smith is a sweet apple. But who can tell on the supermarket table? And everybody in the whole supply chain is so much happier if it is picked early. Real early.

                                                            1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                                              I've always considered the Granny Smith to be somewhat tart. I think the Pink Lady would be considered a sweet supermarket apple.

                                                              1. re: John E.

                                                                Sorry, but that's only because you haven't had a good one.
                                                                Pink Lady is a hussy if not a tart. Curiously good for an apple in Israel of all places, where it is not cold enough for almost all apples.

                                                                You can tell whether a Granny Smith is ripe, but only if you have seen ripe ones before , and I bet no one has. The apple has a glossy waxy shine , a lighter shade of green and yellowish shoulders . A bushel of ripe ones looks very different from what gets sold.
                                                                Why not delay picking and sell ripe ones? That will only make trouble.

                                                                1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                                                  I also would consider the granny smith a relatively tart apple. Surprised, actually, to read someone who thinks otherwise.

                                                                  Pink Lady in Israel? You mean growing there, I guess. It is not of Israeli origin.

                                                                  1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                                                    I am lucky enough to be in Minnesota where we get local Honeycrisp apples as they were meant to be grown. I looked it up, and the Pink Lady is described as tart and crisp. Apparently, the Pink Lady apple tree likes a warm climate (unlike the Honeycrisp.)

                                                                    1. re: John E.

                                                                      You are so right!
                                                                      Honeycrisp is the rage here in Toronto -$3 a lb- but they are nothing here. Grown in a temperate climate. Just rough, not integrated (what is the wine word?), no depth or top notes of flavour. But they do have a sweet character which I think misleads consumers. Similarly. MD20/20 is a great wine if you like the alcohol content.
                                                                      Honeycrisp was developed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
                                                                      Pink Lady was developed in Western Australia. It is a real hot weather long, long growing season apple - 200 days - very early flowering -dream on Minnesota. Developed in Western Australia.
                                                                      In Israel the weather is great for drying laundry and growing Pink Lady. It's all in the terroir!
                                                                      Local Honeycrisp is to be relished when you live in Minnesota, or South Dakota as I did, the same way that homemade wine is to be relished in a strict Muslim country. (But see Chateau Musar, in the Bekka Valley (Lebanon), which is the stronghold of Hezbollah which scarcely is easy going.) The appreciation outweighs the criticism. Particularly when the alternative is Pommela Lee apples from Washington that make one gag. I think that I have seen Washington Honeycrisp in Toronto
                                                                      Granny Smith is excellent in Israel if it is left to ripen on the tree. But hey,the apple is always green, so we can get away with it. Pink Lady is crisp like a late season apple but greenish tasting like an early season apple and in an early apple one is more accepting. Not tart. (I think people say tart when the mean green and coarse). The flavour profile may not get you very far if found in a wine , but for an apple in Israel it is great.

                                                                      What may be the best in the world in Israel are local bananas. Unfortunately, wine grapes are grown in the next fields.

                                                                      What was a really good local apple for me in South Dakota was Haralson. It would have been good anywhere in any comparison. Do you see it much in stores?

                                                                      1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                                                        I never thought of Israel and bananas! Learn something new every thread on chowhound!

                                                                        1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                                                          Haralsons are all over the stores in autumn in Minnesota. It is one of my favorite apples.

                                                                          I was unaware that bananas are grown in Israel. Are they grown in green houses? I would think Israel would be too dry for bananas.

                                                                          Honeycrisp were actually a product of the University of Minnesota. They also have a newer apple called Zestar!

                                                                          1. re: John E.

                                                                            Haralsons are also created by the University of Minnesota. They are my favorite apple here in the Twin Cities.

                                                                            1. re: shoo bee doo

                                                                              I just looked it up. The Haralson came out in 1922. I remember some other varieties from my youth such as the Fireside, also developed years ago at the U.

                                                                            2. re: John E.

                                                                              Much of Israel is too dry for much of anything other than drying laundry. Israeli agriculture depends on irrigation and every kind of water is used. Desalinated (partially brackish water makes produce sweeter!), artesian, recycled (grey water), Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). However for some time now Israel has not obtained water by smiting a rock with a staff.
                                                                              Israel invented modern drip irrigation, which is water and fertilizer efficient, by inventing the emitter on the hose; it is a world leader in its development and use.

                                                                              I have seen bananas grown extensively along the Mediterranean coast from about Caesarea to the Lebanese border. One stretch is a drained swamp, which had been Israel's second largest swamp after the Hula swamp. It is there that I see in fields next to each other, lying like the lamb with the lion, bananas, wine grapes, dragon fruit, avocados, stone fruit and then fish ponds. To say nothing of vegetables. And Roman ruins, including aqueducts. It sure is different from when I was living in South Dakota.

                                                                              Not everything grows with the same success though; when they lie together in this part of the world it is better to be the lion rather than the lamb. So only recently has Israeli wine been good for something other than inducing diabetic shock. Israel now produces world class wine but from the north, from the Golan.

                                                                              Bananas plantations are grown inside net enclosures to abate the sun and to protect the fruit. The dangling reproductive portion of the plant is further encased in a plastic sheath to make it safe.

                                                                              1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                                                                Thank you for posting such interesting information. My father has a drip irrigation system in Arizona for his citrus trees. When I was a kid in rural Minnesota he always had a large garden. The local city water was expensive so he pumped water out of the lake for his garden and lawn watering. In what part of South Dakota did you live?

                                                                                1. re: John E.

                                                                                  The banana belt. Vermillion.
                                                                                  I have a lot of good feelings for South Dakota and its people.

                                                                                  1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                                                                    Ok, I have to ask, why do you refer to Vermillion as the banana belt? Is it because of the way it pokes down into Nebraska and Iowa? I have never heard that term before. I grew up in SW Minnesota. We frequently ventured into Sioux Falls and of course went on camping trips to the Black Hills. (We never did stop at the Corn Palace.)

                                                                                    We almost moved to Yankton when I was a teen. I told my parents they could go, but I would not be joining them.

                                                                                    1. re: John E.

                                                                                      I'm not familiar with that area of the country, but when I've heard about "banana belts" it's usually a warmer than usual strip. Here in Oregon, part of the southern coast is referred to as a banana belt due to the warmth generated by ocean currents.

                                                                                      1. re: John E.

                                                                                        The little southeastwardly wiggle of SD is supposed to be a bit warmer, so as tracylee says, banana belt. But winters were so cold! So cold that one February day I saw a lawyer walking down the street with his hands in his own pockets! However I couldn't bring myself to think that Vermillion was warmer than anyplace else in SD, but rather that other places were colder.

                                                                                        1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                                                                          I enjoy your sense of humor! I'm a USD grad and as such spent four of the happiest years of my life in Vermillion.

                                                                                          Keeping this food focused, I still crave an R Pizza hoagie, fried chicken from Toby's in Meckling and a Short Stop burger.

                                                                                          Your environs have certainly changed from good old Verm town.

                                                                                          1. re: justalex

                                                                                            You ain't seen nuthin yet. I now sort of live in New Zealand.
                                                                                            Life would have been quite alright in South Dakota and I sometimes think that I should have stayed. But Vermillion tomorrows did all fade away.
                                                                                            I have the greatest respect for the good people of South Dakota.

                                                                                            My favourite place was a prime rib restaurant in Sioux City. Ports of Call or something I think it was called . It would have been considered excellent anywhere.
                                                                                            This dates me!
                                                                                            Then there was the steakhouse in Dakota City ,I think, in the shadow of the IPB plant, with the huge indoor BBQ pit, and my wife would order......chicken.

                                                                                            1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                                                                              You'll be much warmer in New Zealand, Vinnie. Silly me, I went further north to the Twin Cities. ;)

                                                                                              Port of Call sounds about right. I worked at a television station in Sioux City for a short bit in the mid '80's. Unfortunately, that employment situation didn't afford me the funds to dine there being a just out of college, low level TV producer. Enjoyed many a 'greek-style' hot dog at I think what was called Milwaukee Hot Dogs. On fancy nights, it was the Marina. Thanks for jogging some great memories. It's so interesting that Chowhounders blanket the globe. I get to travel the world through words and love it!

                                                                                          2. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                                                                            I remember playing in a high school marching band festival at a USD homecoming once. I didn't think it was real hot, the temperature was in the 40s.

                                                                                            Although I grew up in Minnesota, some of my favorite memories of going to Sioux Falls include eating at the Hamburger Inn. I think it is now closed for good.

                                                                                            1. re: John E.

                                                                                              I'm pretty sure it is now just a memory. I haven't been back to Sioux Falls for a few years now, though I did grow up there.

                                                                                              Many a Saturday morning during my early teen years, my friends and I would walk the several mile trek to enjoy a burger at Hamburger Inn. If we had enough money, we'd catch a movie at the State Theater and have a chocolate phosphate at the Nickel Plate afterwards.

                                                                                              1. re: justalex

                                                                                                In Sioux Falls I loved the big commercial illuminated signs on pylons in front of businesses. From the sixties-seventies I think. (Anyone know?) Robert Preston must have come through town on another gig. They should get some sort of historical designation.

                                                                          2. re: John E.

                                                                            This is from a New Zealand nurseryman's catalogue

                                                                            Granny Smith
                                                                            Another well remembered apple by those lucky enough to have been able to have a tree ripened version! These apples taste so good when they have been left on the trees to tree ripen, when the skin goes yellow with a browny tinge, and the flesh goes super sweet and juicy. These apples were bred originally in Australia and they grow well in northland. Next year we’ll grow some on Northern Spy rootstocks as they taste particularly good on it. Large round bright green skin, crisp, sweet tasty/acid tangy flavour.

                                                                            1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                                                              I would like to try a tree-ripened Granny Smith, but I'm sure I won't get the chance. We have a lot of apple growers in Minnesota, but I don't think any of them would grow what has become a common grocery store apple.

                                                                              The most recent successful apples developed by the University of Minnesota are all super sweet varieties, the Honeycrisp, Zestar! and SweeTango.

                                                                              1. re: John E.

                                                                                I would think that the Minnesota "terroir" makes Granny Smith
                                                                                impossible to grow. It is a hot climate, long season, temperate winter apple.
                                                                                There is (snow) skiing (sort of) in northern Israel on Mt Hermon and Granny Smith is grown in the area, but winter is mild. People go to Mt Hermon in the winter mostly as tourists to look at the snow. Imagine!

                                                                      2. re: shoo bee doo

                                                                        oh I'm soooo there

                                                                        1. re: shoo bee doo

                                                                          That sounds horrifyingly gross although I guess it's like a deconstructed chocolate covered apple...perhaps

                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                            Sounds like at least 1/2 the recipes I've seen on Pinterest.

                                                                            1. re: pine time

                                                                              Agreed. I like following certain things on Pinterest, but just hitting food and drink gives one a very alarming glimpse into people's heads when it comes to "the best thing you'll ever make". That's how I discovered that buffalo chicken dip even existed. I'd rather get a root canal than dig into that crud.

                                                                              1. re: alliegator

                                                                                Yeah, I know I have the sweet tooth of a 10 year old, but even I can't believe some of the desserts I read about on Pinterest. Don't think I've even gone to the site in over 6 months--just gave up on the food listings. YMMV.

                                                                                1. re: alliegator

                                                                                  I love Pinterest for storing recipes I find, but I rarely just cruise through the food & drink section.... I have zero interest in making 95% of what's on there. And, who knew there were so many ways to use Pillsbury crescent roll dough?

                                                                                  1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                    my mom has a board on Pintrest called "grossfood" . she has probally offended some people by re pinning some of their "so cute for a baby shower" recipes on it

                                                                                    1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                                      "creepy food"

                                                                                      1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                                        That is AWESOME.

                                                                                      2. re: juliejulez

                                                                                        I agree. I use it for my food only. Once in a blue moon I will search something specific but you have to sift through the garbage.

                                                                                      3. re: alliegator

                                                                                        Not that two thirds of the stuff people post on Pinterest was ever made or eaten...

                                                                                        1. re: Divalicias

                                                                                          my aunt made some "garlic" bread that included a step which said Stir mayo with the margarine.

                                                                                          1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                                            YES! I had an aunt who used lots of mayo on her garlic bread. ??????

                                                                                            1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                                              mayo grills wonderfully, have you never seen Paula Deen's grilled cheese on mayonnaised bread?

                                                                                              Done correctly the mayo can add a smooth richness. I don't do it often but honest, its not nearly as awful as it sounds.

                                                                                              NOW margarine instead of butter . . . thats questionable.

                                                                                              1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                +1 on the yumminess of adding mayo to something grilled.

                                                                                                Though I am revolted by the idea of a tuna melt.

                                                                                                1. re: debbiel

                                                                                                  hot tuna grosses me out too, but i do put mayo on the outsides of bread when i am grilling sandwiches for the b/f. grilling is the wrong word though, since we don't have one. pan-fried, really.

                                                                                                  and yeah, they come out awesome.

                                                                                                2. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                  I ALWAYS use mayo on my sandwich melts-- on the cheese side. I use mayo and Dijon and they melt into the cheese to bring the sandwich to another level.
                                                                                                  DH always swoons over my grilled melt sandwiches.

                                                                                                  1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                    I only use Mayo for my toasted tuna sando's - it's spreads easier and I don't detect any diffrence.

                                                                                              2. re: alliegator

                                                                                                Um, buffalo chicken dip is actually pretty good in a cheesy party food sort of way. No pun intended.

                                                                                                1. re: jme90

                                                                                                  I've served it and people stuff their faces with it!

                                                                                                2. re: alliegator

                                                                                                  I have never had it, but regularly fantasize that I will cross its path at a party.

                                                                                            2. re: shoo bee doo

                                                                                              I would not have believed that was a real thing until I saw it served at a block party in Texas (brought by a Minnesota transplant). People loved it, but it looked so gross and sweet I couldn't bring myself to try it.

                                                                                              1. re: shoo bee doo

                                                                                                Someone brought that to our office potluck. I was the only one who was appalled. Everyone else wanted the recipe. I wanted the Moroccan carrot salad recipe that the school nurse had made.

                                                                                                1. re: shoo bee doo

                                                                                                  That reminds me of the first dessert I made from scratch and from my own "recipe." Cut up apples, loads of brown sugar, a splash of vanilla (imitation vanilla, likely), and cool whip. I was about 5 or 6, so I'm pretty proud of the addition of the vanilla.

                                                                                                  It was disgusting, of course. Not even my mother would eat it, and she was great about eating the horrible food we kids made.

                                                                                                2. I hate that Chex party mix. Lately it seems to be making a comeback in my area.

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                                                                                                  1. re: baseballfan

                                                                                                    My mother's version of that can be so spicy it will singe your eyebrows. Lots of tabasco and chili powder and absolutely no pretzels (they don't absorb the flavor).

                                                                                                    1. re: Isolda

                                                                                                      If you would be so kind as to post her recipe, I would really appreciate it! I love Chex Mix but I avoid the pretzels like the plague! Just the Chex and the bagel chips for me, please!

                                                                                                      1. re: Isolda

                                                                                                        Sounds like her version is much better. I also hate the pretzels. Please post her version if you get a chance.

                                                                                                      2. re: baseballfan

                                                                                                        Love the homemade version -- and in the oven, not microwave. For some reason, I make about two batches near The Holidays, but never the rest of the year. Probably because that's the only time my mother made it.

                                                                                                      3. Velveeta anything.

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                                                                                                        1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                          hahahahhaahhah

                                                                                                          1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                            Sorry, kids, but one canNOT make a proper Texas-style chile con queso with anything but Velveeta and Ro-Tel. But then I speak as a 7-layer (or 9-layer) dip aficionado, too.

                                                                                                            Now that I'm safely out of the Midwest and well away from ever facing a Jello or Ambrosia "salad" on a buffet table, there's not much party food that can truly offend me. Most of the folks I hang with are either good cooks or know who is, and they tend to present items that will go well with wine … which probably explains the differences between SoCal buffets and Illinois buffets. Ya think?

                                                                                                            1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                              Ha. I grew up in the Midwest and I have fond childhood memories of salad bars with bowls of whipped cream. The real stuff. Inexplicable. But very much appreciated by a child. I just spooned it onto my plate and ate it. It came from the salad bar, right?

                                                                                                              1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                It probably was for on top of the jello.

                                                                                                                1. re: beethoven

                                                                                                                  I didn't let that get in the way!

                                                                                                                2. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                  When I was a kid my mom would mix diced apples with real sweetened whipped cream. My oldest brother inhaled the stuff and my other brother wouldn't touch it because he wouldn't eat a piece of fruit or a vegatable until he got married and his wife made him. I think if she added nuts and Snicker bars I would have loved it too.

                                                                                                                3. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                  I am with you Will. It melts beautifully and is smooth, it does not become rubbery strings and for that chile con queso being served warm is the perfect cheese.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Candy

                                                                                                                    I used it make a non-Rotel queso. I added freshly roasted hatch chiles with the juices, Tabasco,and sauteed onion and bell pepper. It was quite delicious.

                                                                                                                4. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                  Velveeta----known as "shelf cheese" at our house

                                                                                                                5. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                  Velveeta is right up there (or more accurately, _down_ there) with Miracle Whip.

                                                                                                                  1. re: The Professor

                                                                                                                    I like Miracle Whip and Velveeta for certain applications.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                                                                                                      I honestly and respectfully do not wish to yuck your yum but....

                                                                                                                      ....Miracle Whip. AACCKK!!

                                                                                                                      1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                                                                                                        Miracle Whip is all my SO will eat. Since I didn't want to keep both mayo and MW in the house... I eat it too now.

                                                                                                                        1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                          I admit it, I am a MW girl

                                                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                            Yeah it's not bad... I don't tend to use more than a tbsp to put on a sandwich or burger so it really makes no difference to me. It's actually lower in calorie than low fat mayo is too.

                                                                                                                            1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                              I am impressed that you switched. Most mayo fans would have their tastebuds burned off before switching to the dreaded MW. Lol

                                                                                                                              1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                I grew up on Miracle Whip. I tasted the real stuff and couldn't touch MW ever again. Then, I got my dad hooked on. My mom still hates it though.

                                                                                                                                1. re: sisterfunkhaus

                                                                                                                                  I will eat either but i prefer MW

                                                                                                                                  1. re: sisterfunkhaus

                                                                                                                                    I did too, and was shamed into switching. Now I prefer Hellman's, but every so often, I wish it were sweet ... shh.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: foiegras

                                                                                                                                      Now all you have to do is make the switch to the far superior Duke's mayo. :)

                                                                                                                                      1. re: debbiel

                                                                                                                                        I have to disagree. :-)
                                                                                                                                        The taste and texture of Hellman's is a lot better than Duke's. I've tasted both of them side by side and with the Duke's, all I taste is vinegar (I like vinegar, but expect more depth of flavor in my mayo; in that regard, Hellman's has spoiled me).

                                                                                                                                        But, different strokes...

                                                                                                                                        1. re: The Professor

                                                                                                                                          Different strokes...the beauty of chowhound. I've also done the side by side. Hellman's is just too sweet for me.

                                                                                                                                          Now, if I sat down at a table full of beautifully ripe tomatoes, good bread, and a jar of Miracle Whip, and you then walked in with a jar of Hellman's, I would kiss your rings and name my first born child after you.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: debbiel

                                                                                                                                            And i would slap on a thick schmear of MW and ask you to pass the salt and pepper. ;-)

                                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                              Well thank god someone is going to eat the MW! I sure don't want it to go back in the fridge. :)

                                                                                                                                              1. re: debbiel

                                                                                                                                                Someone has to like the stuff. And don't try to pass off the generic stuff. It isn't the same.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                  I would never disown my mother for the continued presence of MW in her fridge, but if she went generic MW? Well...we had a lot of good years.

                                                                                                                                                  Well, I'm looking forward to the tomato sandwich feast. I'll have my dining room table near full of them for us all on Saturday after the market. I'll even supply the trio of condiments (MW, Hellman's, and The One True Mayo). If one of y'all could just bring a nice bottle of rose; it's supposed to heat up here again.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: debbiel

                                                                                                                                                    My mom has tried a few generics over the years. I still love her. Ya just gotta ask before she makes you a sandwich. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                      Ugh, my mom "taught" us to always use the cheapest version of something if you were "only" going to bake with it.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                        Blerg... I can relate. Sometimes you just don't ask. Ignorance can be kiss. Not that I am against off brands. Far from it, but some aren't the same.

                                                                                                                                              2. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                i love MW thoroughly blended into a juicy finely chopped tomato and iceberg lettuce salad. it reminds me of going to eat at my sister's home, where she made it often. i also like MW on turkey sandwiches.

                                                                                                                                            2. re: The Professor

                                                                                                                                              i don't taste "vinegat" with dukes. also, i find the texture is creamier than hellman's. i'll take hellman's of course, but i put dukes #1. just opened a new jar yesterday, in fact.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                That you just opened a new jar yesterday may push me over the edge and send me to the grocery store. I finished my summer jar of Duke's last night, scraped out enough mayo for a fantastic tomato sandwich. My rule is that I have only one jar of Duke's per year--for tomato season. I am out, and we have a couple more weeks (at least) of tomatoes to enjoy. Might be time to toss out that rule.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: debbiel

                                                                                                                                                  Seriously, toss it. You can order Duke's through amazon, I think we get a 4-pack usually so we never run out :-)

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                    I even have local access here in central IL. A few years ago a regional supermarket chain started carrying it. I was just looking for a structure to keep me from tearing through mayo all year long. But screw that. I'm going to the store tonight. I have a couple of green zebras looking for a sandwich.

                                                                                                                                                2. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                  LOL. The creamy, over homogenized texture of Duke's is one of the things I didn't like about it (along with the overly acidy taste and lack of richness)

                                                                                                                                                  Just an FYI for other curious New Jersey hounds that crave Duke's or just want to try it: you can get Duke's at both Walmart and Dollar Tree (which sells the small size jar like the one I bought for a buck...and probably won't finish).

                                                                                                                                    2. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                      Same. Mayo has always activated my gag reflex for some reason, and I've tried several brands.

                                                                                                                                      My fiance likes mayo, though, so I have to keep both in the fridge. (His goes a lot faster than mine.)

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                        My bf likes neither. I just assumed you were in one camp or another but he will only eat MW in salads.

                                                                                                                                2. re: The Professor

                                                                                                                                  Then send me down to Velveeta town. A crockpot of the white velveeta, hot sausage and ro-Tel on chips will be the first thing licked clean.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                                                    I'm there with you. Great "mountain trip with friends/hangover the next day" food. Around my family, we call it "snow food" -- because, you, know, we live in the south, and any time it does snow, everything shuts down. It's a great time to make a crockpot of guilty pleasure sausage dip. lol

                                                                                                                              2. I hate seeing guacamole where they didn't use any lime juice in the preparation.

                                                                                                                                It's a big brown bowl of goo...not appealing in the least.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: JayL

                                                                                                                                  Isn't guacamole without limes just mashed avocado?

                                                                                                                                  1. re: hyacinthgirl

                                                                                                                                    Nope. It's just foul.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: JayL

                                                                                                                                    I live in Texas and people do all kinds of weird things with their guac.My mom puts Miracle Whip in hers. Just gross. I like salt, pepper, garlic, lime, and jalapeno or hot sauce. Nothing else. No tomatoes, no onions, no cilantro. Just the barest basics.

                                                                                                                                  3. Oh yeah, love the taste of the layered dips, but they look crummy after a few guests have at 'em!

                                                                                                                                    1. I have an aversion to anything with cucumbers. One of my SIL's only seems to make things that include cucumbers.

                                                                                                                                      She always brings one of two offerings to every gathering. One is the little cocktail rye bread squares spread with a dill/cream cheese mixture topped with a slice of raw cuke. The other is a cold spaghetti salad which features tomatoes and cucumbers.

                                                                                                                                      She is a lovely person and not aware of my dislike as I am polite. I am adept at moving things around on my plate. :)

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: justalex

                                                                                                                                        hahahahahhahahaha

                                                                                                                                        1. re: justalex

                                                                                                                                          I am sick of that cold spaghetti salad. Every potluck ever had it and it was always too wet!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: melpy

                                                                                                                                            And the pasta is always mushy from soaking in cucumber juice. I think I'm going to have nightmares. :)

                                                                                                                                            1. re: justalex

                                                                                                                                              I'm suddenly grateful to never have even seen cold spaghetti salad.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                My Mermer use to make 'swishy sketty' cold noodles pickle juice poppy seeds green onions wishbone dressing.... and I dont knnnnowwww what else.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                                                                                                  No offense to your mermer (assuming that's your grandmother) but that sounds kind of revolting

                                                                                                                                                2. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                  I've never seen it either. I guess I'm going to the wrong (right?) parties and potlucks.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: tcamp

                                                                                                                                                    Truly, you are going to the right potlucks. :)

                                                                                                                                            2. re: justalex

                                                                                                                                              I would love her recipe for the little rye bread thingies!

                                                                                                                                            3. Buffalo chicken dip. It looks like vomit. Literally, it looks like you ate an order of wings, some celery and blue cheese - then barfed it all back up.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: Atomic76

                                                                                                                                                Smells like it too! And everyone but me loves it.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: RUK

                                                                                                                                                  oh yes! then some people add canned chicken to it iiiiickkkkk

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                                                                                                    yes, that is me, i hate the canned chicken! why?! use real chicken, you can use a lot less once you shred it but ew, gross canned chicken!

                                                                                                                                                    (i love buffalo chicken dip).

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: pie22

                                                                                                                                                      I like BCD. I cook fresh chicken for it too.Tweeked the recipe to keep it fresh as possible.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: cheesepleese

                                                                                                                                                        +3. Love the stuff when my husband and I make it. The recipe I originally used called for canned chicken and I just. could. not. imagine. So I cook roast fresh chicken breasts and shred them, and it's one of my favorite dips, actually.

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: pie22

                                                                                                                                                        I love it and have served it to people who have inhaled buffalo chx dip, but for the love of Peter, Paul & Mary, use a rotisserie chicken!
                                                                                                                                                        Rot. chx are everywhere now and if you don't have the time/skills to bake your own chicken, it's a great alternative and the difference in taste and quality is HUGE.

                                                                                                                                                2. every appetizer made with mayo is yuck to me

                                                                                                                                                  1. I hate the hollowed out bread filled with dip - surrounded by the messy torn pieces of bread that have been ripped out of it.

                                                                                                                                                    I also think the trifle on the dessert buffet ends up looking like an unappealing mess.

                                                                                                                                                    1. My grandma (God bless her) once served a sweet and savory Lime Jello salad with everything but the kitchen sink thrown in! Vegetables, fruits, nuts, cheese, served with whipped cream? She said it was a side salad to go with our main meal.. it was the strangest thing (and one of the ugliest dishes) I've ever seen. A few people plated a slice to be respectful, but nobody touched it other than her. She loved it!

                                                                                                                                                      Edited: Whoops, this is not an appetizer! But similar in theory :)

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: OhioHound

                                                                                                                                                        LOL that reminds of the "trifle" from the Friends episode when the pages of the cookbook got stuck together..

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                                                                                                          Custard, good. Jam, good. Meat, good!

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: OhioHound

                                                                                                                                                          Even though it is not an appetizer, I will chime in to say that any kind of "Jello salad" makes me shudder at the holidays - blehhhhh. The fact that she added vegetables and cheese just sends it over the top! :)

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ItalGreyHound

                                                                                                                                                            grandma never met a jello salad she didn't like and couldn't make worse herself. thats right grandma, throw some soy sauce in there . . . that'll be different.

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: OhioHound

                                                                                                                                                            I think you've got to realize that for your grandmother's generation (and my mother's as well), Jello salads were the best thing that ever happened to them. My mother gave me her set of (Tupperware) Jello molds but I've never used them. After I moved to the area where I live now, I was included in my best friend's holiday gatherings. Her mother always brought a Jello mold or the 7 layer Mexican dip.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alwayshungrygal

                                                                                                                                                              I once spent days tracking down a jello mold, not to make actual jello, but for an ice ring. Jello molds have center holes big enough to pull a ladle through when they're sitting in a punch bowl.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Isolda

                                                                                                                                                                I have one of those Tupperware (light green with the ring lid) in my kitchen and it is such a useful container!

                                                                                                                                                                Dirtyw, you can find org. Tupperware on ebay and Etsy all the time.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                  My mom has that one too. She had a Tupperware wedding shower in 1975 :) She also has a white one with interchangeable center "lids", for different seasons. I always insisted she use the heart one, even if it was for Thanksgiving or Christmas. She makes a jello thing in it with lime jello, cranberries, walnuts, and, yes, marshmallows. It's not half bad either, a bit sweet but not bad. And it's pretty...not green at all.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                    I wasn't aware of the interchangeable feature! Fun!

                                                                                                                                                                    I love mine for all sorts of stuff...including a frozen yogurt dessert my oldest daughter makes in the summer.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                      My mother had one of those with the interchangeable center lids, too. I thought that was so cool. I wonder what my dad did with it after she passed away. Probably got rid of it. :-(

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                        Oh yeah, the interchangeable lids! Mom had that and you know what? I kind of miss her cranberry jello salad.
                                                                                                                                                                        Great with turkey.
                                                                                                                                                                        Although... I do seem to recall that jello mold set on the table, and kind of spreading out as it warmed up!

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: monavano

                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah my mom does another one w/ orange jello, carrots, and pineapple, and it tends to spread more than the cranberry one did. I'm wondering if the marshmallows actually helped hold that one together.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                          Oh yes, my mother had that. And she filled the indent with Miracle Whip :D

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Isolda

                                                                                                                                                                        I forgot I once made an ice ring, but it's got to be more than 10-15 years ago. I don't even think I have the bowl I put the punch in anymore...

                                                                                                                                                                        But a good idea, nonetheless. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Isolda

                                                                                                                                                                          I used a jello mold once to make Jello shots.... with fruit cocktail of course... it was kind of a hoot for a friends B-day

                                                                                                                                                                          Jeeze I remember the crappy fruit salad my familty use to make - lime Jellow fruit cocktail and Mayo... sheesh.. really really horiable.. oh but I was just a kid whose tastes had not evolved yet..

                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: alwayshungrygal

                                                                                                                                                                          I would kill for an original set of Tupperware...... ;)

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                            I bet you could find it in an antique store (not the high end ones) or online. I've seen a lot of old Pyrex in antique stores, so Tupperware is a possibility too.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                              try ebay.. When My Grandpa melted my MerMers tupperwear measuring cup by putting it to near the bbq..it was quite the family tradgedy..it was the one she used to make pancakes in... from the time my mom was a kid, after all! sooooo anyway when Christmas morning came and she unwrapped a gift from my Aunt and saw it was an eeeexxxxact duplicate of the magic tuperware measure bowl the laughing that insued was so amazing. It is still one of my favourite favourite pictures of her.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                My dad still has a few pieces of my mother's Tupperware from the 1954 Millionaire Line. It has an outline of a seal on it. They aren't in good condition however. They were well-used. They're just in his basement for nostogia reasons.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                  Ugh, I wish I'd known this a year ago when I cleaned out my grandparents' home. There'd have no need for killing, I'd have just thrown it in a box and sent it to ya.
                                                                                                                                                                                  It was that awful orange color.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                    If the Tupperware was orange, it was probably from the 70s. My father still has that too. The really old stuff is just an opaque plastic, not white, but not clear.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I have my mom's Tupperware which has a copyright mark of 1954, the year she was married. Each size of bowl is a different, opaque pastel shade of blue, pink, green and yellow. It's still in pretty good shape. I don't use it much, but each time I open the drawer I store it in, so many good memories come to mind.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: alwayshungrygal

                                                                                                                                                                                  I too disliked jello with stuff in it as a kid. Why oh why would anyone put carrots into Jello? But my mother used to make a Jello salad for holiday meals mostly because my big brother really likes it. Hers was orange Jello disoved in the juice of canned mandarin oranges and this was mixed with orange sherbet and then it was mixed into real whipped cream, unsweetened. After it set a while she mixed in the orange segments. It is actually quite good, but has a lot of carbs and fat, I suppose that's why it is good.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alwayshungrygal

                                                                                                                                                                                    I searched out a jello mold recently - for a friends 40th.... It was for Jello shots... but it wouldn't of been "right" without the fruit cocktail so I added that too... it got eaten / drank whatever not cause of the jello or the fruit cocktail...

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: sparky403

                                                                                                                                                                                      Canned fruit cocktail is why I grew up thinking I hated fruit. Only fresh fruit we got routinely was bananas, apples and a few oranges at Christmas. Once I got to college, discovering fresh fruit was a revelation.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: OhioHound

                                                                                                                                                                                    The similar item in my family was a lime jello salad. In the jello? Celery, carrots, green olives. The top, where a proper midwestern jello salad would have some of the jello mixed with cool whip? Ours was mixed with miracle whip. Horror.Absolute horror.

                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Hummus

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. ''I'm tired of seeing Layered Mexican Dip"

                                                                                                                                                                                      I have a mini pancake flipper.
                                                                                                                                                                                      you use it for a perfect portion size, scoop onto plate & walk away.
                                                                                                                                                                                      I originally thought you meant you were tired of the same old sorry MXN bean dip/layer dip.

                                                                                                                                                                                      didn't the double dipping come into reality during Seinfeld?

                                                                                                                                                                                      stuffed mushrooms-I always wonder what's 'really' under that cheese or whatever topping. did the rifle through their fridge and concoct something sketchy?

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                                                        Some of our best food comes from rifling through the fridge and repurposing. I once made a carrot dip using some leftover soup.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                                                          Sorry, but to me, stuffed mushrooms are a delicacy most divine

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Sparkina

                                                                                                                                                                                            Amen!

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Personally I'd rather put out a cheese platter with some nibbles to go with but so many people love dips-the creamier the better too. Gloppy stuff isn't very appealing but I give the company what they want.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Supermarket veggie platters where all of the veggies are raw, plain, and not very fresh. Often there is some gross dip in the middle of the whole mess.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: tcamp

                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh, or supermarket shrimp platters. My cat won't even eat those.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                Agreed. Those things have a weird watered down taste and weird texture. They upset my gag reflex.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                  You need to buy them at Whole Foods, then. My cat loves their shrimp platters, but won't touch the ones from other places.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Isolda

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Or at Costco-- really, not bad and CHEAP.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh yes. Neat little peeled shrimp in a ring. My stomach is turning at the thought.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Katie10

                                                                                                                                                                                                      In the past, when I wished to serve cold shrimp, I peel them and roast them in the oven with olive oil, fresh garlic, S&P, then I chill them and serve them with a few homemade sauces. So much better than shrimp rings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I have to admit I haven't felt this way about party food for a long time. When I was a kid, yes, I would run away from wobbly jello salads whose cottage cheese and fruit-flecked viscera were visible to the naked eye. But nowadays tastes seem to have evolved. True I do find it a bit predictable that if I am going to a house party hosted by 20 something New Yorkers there will be cold brie and a tub of Sabra hummus somehow involved, but seeing as how that is basically a typical snack for me, I could hardly call it icky.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                                                                                    LOL - cold brie and Sabra hummus. SO true!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cold, bad brie at that. Everyone always leaves the rind and eats the center. So rude. A good brie rind is really delicious and earthy when eaten with the cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I kind of feel that if you serve cheese at a gathering, you should either go to a place with good cheeses or seek out a cheese shop. Pulling cheese out of the cheese cooler at Kroger is just not really going to get you anything good. And, sometimes decent cheese only costs a little more than that junk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sisterfunkhaus

                                                                                                                                                                                                        "you should either go to a place with good cheeses or seek out a cheese shop"

                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.youtube.com/embed/OkAkJY1jbo8

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: PotatoHouse

                                                                                                                                                                                                          That one is deleted. Here's another link;

                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPN3KT...

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: sisterfunkhaus

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I just visited a French friend's apartment for a Bastille Day party. She put together a nice spread of charcuterie, cornichons and cheese that somewhat self-consciously avoided including brie which everyone thought was a discerning change of pace. Most of the guests brought French wines as party gifts, save one who stopped at the same Fairway and brought with him a cold wedge of brie. He was roundly teased.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: sisterfunkhaus

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I see your points and I know that one is supposed to enjoy the rind. However, there are individuals, including me, who tastes only MOLD when eating the rind. Like fuzzy wig-mold. The nasty kind. On rotten food. That kind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sandy, me too, me too! The paste is delectable but the rind just reminds me of must and mold. I also dislike blue cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ohmyyum

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yup. Bleu cheese is also nasty mold.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                every time I try to eat the rind of Brie, I think "are they SURE you're supposed to eat (and enjoy this)?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm w/you, its nasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: laliz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's fine if you don't want to eat the rind, but the problem is people who scoop out the paste from the wedge. Take a slice and leave the rind on your plate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: tonyrocks922

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the paste scoopers are as rude as the wedge-point cutters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i saw a neat little piece a while back about cheese cutting etiquette. very helpful. http://theroadislife.blogspot.com/200...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    this is a related chart about how to cut cheese for serving from a cheese plate: http://sharonsantoni.com/2012/03/fren...

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I don't have a problem with (most) Jello salads, even with fruit viscera inside, and I'll take cold brie over no brie.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            But hummus has become too ubiquitous and most of the premade ranges from not-so-good to downright revolting. Homemade is awesome, but I haven't seen any in years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Ambrosia and things that have to do with jello and/or marshmallows and/or canned fruit in general.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: inaplasticcup

                                                                                                                                                                                                              So you're saying no to the summer backyard bash dish of crushed pineapple, mini marshmallows, pistachio pudding mix, and cool whip that was so common in my childhood?

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: debbiel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                ok even my stomach is turning queasy at that one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: inaplasticcup

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes, that ambrosia salad is my yuck.... thankfully no one has made it in my family since the 80's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                www.saffron215.blogspot.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Little smokies swimming in that nasty jelly/bbq gloop sitting around in a slow cooker. It's not so much that the taste is that hideous, but there is no way to give it any visual appeal.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                When I see it I think "you're throwing a party--use your imagination!".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've only heard rumors of that one. The stuff of nightmares!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ew, ew...yes! And I love when the hostess explains how deceptively simple the recipe is. "It's just grape jelly and ketchup, can you believe it??"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, I can. I believe it sounds awful. And makes me want to gag.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ItalGreyHound

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've never had that but a few years ago I was in a backwater town way upstate on Lake Erie and was at a pizzeria type restaurant and ordered the lasagna. The tomato sauce had grape jelly in it... Gack!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JMF

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't know what comes over people when they do that. I've never tasted a dish, thought it was missing a little something and then thought "oh, I'll huck some grape jelly in, it'll be great!".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: ItalGreyHound

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        To the best of my knowledge, the teeny weenies in jelly and ketchup will still be found on every upscale party's buffet table in Nashville, Tennessee, along with the de rigeur whole tenderloin and the ham. A smaller party will lose either the ham or the tenderloin, while smaller yet will have just the weenies. For the kickoff party for an annual charity "do" called Oyster Easter one year, every non-salad item on the table was some oyster or other seafood thing EXCEPT for the big chafer of weenies in sauce …

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          haha, too funny. Oh, don't worry, I get it...some people LOVE that combo. Just not for me.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm a little further south, but you are spot on with the buffet note. Any time our club has a special brunch/lunch/dinner buffet for a holiday, whole tenderloin and ham are at the carving station...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            deleted, someone beat me to the punch below

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: ItalGreyHound

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I had those at a wedding reception about 20 years ago. But they were meatballs. I think it was grape jelly. I don't remember gagging, but then again I am willing to eat almost anything.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My best friend in high school had a German father and it was common for them to have grape jelly as a condiment to certain German sausages. It wasn't bad, but of course they didn't mix it with ketchup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: PotatoHouse

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i have a german b/f and i am quiet certain that grape jelly as a sausage condiment is NOT a german thing, lol.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Never heard of it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I don't know, they said they learned it from him but I couldn't ask her father about it because he was was a guest of the great state of California at the time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Sal Vanilla

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've heard of the grape jelly with barbecue sauce in crockpot meatballs exactly once. I was setting helping set up a dinner for volunteers for an event and a friend was making them. I was afraid to try them.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  OK, so usually I don't know the recipes and almost never eat meatballs in glop.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: tracylee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I mean I've heard on it *here*, but it's not a German thing. At all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Sal Vanilla

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My Iowan family makes both the weenies and the meatballs in ketchup and grape jelly. I think they are delicious. In fact, most things mentioned in this thread that don't involve putting carrots in jello sound good to me--I can't say it's Midwestern, or Southern, because there seems to be a lot of overlap. I guess I'll just call it Flyover Country cuisine, and boy do I miss it living in NYC. I can remember so looking forward to "real delis" before I moved here and realized that delis have managed to screw up potato salad and macaroni salad, which I would have thought impossible (and yes, there are good delis and bad delis, but even the good delis could learn a thing or two from Midwestern community fundraiser cookbooks)...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: planetjess

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I bet that if you opened a restaurant in SoHo and billed it as serving "Flyover Country Cuisine"*, you'd make a fortune. Hell, you could probably get fourteen bucks for a starter size plate of those vile jelly things.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *Love that phrase

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That's a terrifying thought. If I owned my own restaurant that was the culinary equivalent of a church potluck every day, I'd die of heart disease within the year. I'd end up moving a la-z-boy, bookshelf, laptop and liquor cabinet into the kitchen and anoint myself the "expediter" then just let myself go...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: planetjess

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "Well, there are runners on first and third. The Dodgers trail by two. Planetjess steps to the plate. First pitch fastball is down and outside. Ball one."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "Another fastball. Man,she got all of that one. Some lucky fan in the cheap seats is goin' home with a souvenier tonight! And Jess is gonna walk off a hero."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When we open that place, we're gonna put lay-z-boys at the head of every table. So great!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: planetjess

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            hey that would be cool! it could be called "the church basement" you walk down a flight of stairs .. the tables are all mismatched folding tables... everything is served in vintage cassrole dishes...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and you have to have 'little old ladies' walking around forcing you to eat more because they don't want to take home leftovers. ". . . here, have some more potato salad, have you tried Mrs. F's jello ring? It has lima beans and bac-o's! . . ."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What? no "Marshmallow Surprise" this year????? Heathens!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: planetjess

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              " . . . if you gotta go, thats the way to go . . ."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Would there be various hot dishes there?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: sisterfunkhaus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh yes. Hungarians be damned, "goulash" involves macaroni, hamburger and canned tomatoes. Tater tot casserole, tuna noodle casserole, green bean casserole, turkey tetrazzini...Hot Dish would have its own menu section. All the stuff from this thread would be in the section called Buffet. Dessert offerings would include batters and puddings served on spatulas and around the edges of mixing bowls (with complimentary wet wipes).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For real authenticity, the La-z-boys should each have a partially filled fifth of some kind of hard liquor and a smattering of Brach's wrapped candies in the side pockets. I really would never leave.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: planetjess

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fantastic!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Now, I'm just tryin' to figure out if we should go with Busch or Busch Light for the Happy Hour special.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pitchers, of course.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4. re: planetjess

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh dear heaven, I have been enjoying laughing at your post and the additions of others, but I think we have a contender for Malko's, the CH imaginary restaurant that served kirgilnix:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/612551

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (except that I think Planetjess' Flyover Cafe could truly work lol).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: DuchessNukem

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "I think Planetjess' Flyover Cafe could truly work."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I do too. I just found some old calendars to decorate with. Nothin' says flyer cuisine quite like a 1997 calendar hangin' on a wall, opened to April with the Fourteenth circled in red ink.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mrs. Potato just told me that if I have eaten meatballs or little smokies at one of her family functions that I have eaten them that way. I must say that I never noticed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            When I was in college (yes, the 80s) our Journalism advisor was named Dave and he introduced us to "Dave's Wienies" It wasn't a Kedzie Kaper (the newspaper and yearbook was in Kedzie Hall) unless someone made Dave's Wienies. As I recall the original version was a crock pot full of actual cheap hot dogs, cut in bite sized pieces. (cheaper than little smokies.) The sauce was a mix of grape jelly, ketchup, mustard... and here my memory gets a little hazy, but I'm thinking some brown sugar and either vinegar or worcestershire sauce. Heat up the sauce to melt the jelly and let the wienies get good and coated. Dave has since passed away. Anytime I run across a variation on the grape jelly sauced wiener theme it brings back great memories.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              When I was tossing around ideas for our wedding buffet, my fiance helpfully put in that his mom would make little smokies with barbecue sauce and jelly.... Thanks, babe, that's EXACTLY the kind of party I'm trying to throw! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              To be fair, I love little smokies, but there are better ways to sweeten it than with freaking jelly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "To be fair, I love little smokies, but there are better ways to sweeten it than with freaking jelly."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yeah, tequila.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Or bourbon. One of our family favorites is a bourbon, brown sugar and ketchup treatment to the little smokies, and very often replaces them with cut up hot dogs. Don't knock it until....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Terrie H.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I wasn't talkin' about the cookin'.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I know ;))

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Terrie H.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      oh I will try it....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        4 or 5 lbs. of hot dogs or smokies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        14 oz. bottle of ketchup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3/4 cup brown sugar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3/4 cup bourbon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Needs to simmer for at least an hour, and 2 is better, in order to tame the bourbon. My sister tried to do a quick version recently and everyone said "wow, that is strong!" After the simmer, dump into a crockpot or something to keep it warm to serve.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Terrie H.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yay! I will actually give this a try. I love weird party food! (and i love the grape glop on meatballs!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Terrie H.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Candy makes a great country ham/butter/bourbon spread -- super easy, and delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That sounds delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm fond of the brown sugar bacon smokies. Mmmmm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Mystery meat frozen meatballs. Those things are dreadful no matter what they are drowning in

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Especially vile in the grape jelly/ketchup gloop referenced by alliegator.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: pinehurst

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BBQ sauce, sweet and sour, Swedish,teriyaki....none can cover the taste of those yukky things

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: pinehurst

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          its really interesting when they serve the meatballs and weenies together in the glop. a real visual treat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I agree with you all on those frozen meatballs. I have no idea what they use for filler but they sure are "spongey". Although I have had homemade meatballs in a grape jelly, Dijon, horseradish sauce that were good. In fact, sometimes I'll mix up a small dish of the sauce for my egg rolls for a slightly different take on sweet & sour.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes! The spongy meatballs. How do they get that preternatural texture anyway?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Warm artichoke or crab dips, and cool spinach dips. My sister always makes them and her family scarfs them down, But I think they are nasty. Practically tasteless, and what taste they do have is gross. Also the texture is just plain weird.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            When I go to her house, 2-3 times a year, I fill up on Pigs in a Blanket. Hard to ruin those, she actually buys good quality cocktail franks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The best meal I ever had at her place was when I brought a big cooler of lobsters and steamer clams down from Maine for my neices 13th B'day as a present and cooked them up for everyone. I'm going there for my neices high school graduation next weekend and it's a daytime party, hopefully they'll grill up something and not have those nasty dips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I also agree about those "Mexican" layer dips. Most of the times they taste pretty bad, but sometimes they can be ok. When my sister and her inlaws make them they are always served cold and the chips always break up and the dip gets nasty. I get at them early and use a spoon to put some on a plate. Everyone always says thats a good idea, but they never do it. I always thought they would be much better as a warm dip myself.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: JMF

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I agree on the artichoke and/or crab dips. I like my own, but I know what the heck is in it. And I only ever make small batches for mangator and I to share.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Maybe it's snotty, but I'm skeptical of those made by others. When you've got cream cheese, cheddar, sour cream, etc... and god forbid, maybe some "krab" in the same dish, you are not in for a treat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love spinach artichoke dip, but anything with crab, fuggetaboutit.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's not seafood, it's seafaux.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: JMF

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Artichoke and/or spinach dips that are mayo based make my intestines curdle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: JMF

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I love that the best meal you had at her house was one you brought. Thanks for the laugh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I do have to say that her husband can do a good prime rib once a year, and his Italian Sunday Gravy (meat, meatballs, and red sauce) is excellent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Another one that gives me the heebies is that cream cheese fruit dip. Just yuk

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm with you on that, sista!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't even know what that is, but for the love of all things holy, please don't bring it to my house.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm with you. Never heard of it and still wish I hadn't.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Marshmallow cream and cream cheese whipped up properly, i.e. totally incorporated, is one of my weaknesses this time of year. Fresh strawberries are good on their own in the spring, but once in awhile that dip hits the spot. I like it with cantaloupe too, later in the summer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        More for me!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: justalex

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gonna have to try that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: PotatoHouse

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I was surprised I liked it as I'm not much for sweets. I think the cream cheese cuts the sweetness factor a bit. It's also good with slices of green apple.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: justalex

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Absolutely. More for you my friend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. There are so many horrible "party foods" on this list. I love it! I have laughed many times as I see the thread come back up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It reminds me of the time that we went to a party at my cousin's house and stopped at a terrific pizza place on the way. We split a large sausage pie and proceeded to the party.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "Oh, Matt, try the seven layer, crab, artichoke, cream cheese, jello dip."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "I'm sorry, my stomach has been weird all day. I'm afraid, I'll have to pass. Do you have any more tequila?"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LOL. Love it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm with you - loving reading about the party "food" that gives us all the "heebies" as somebody mentioned up-thread...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am probably the worst person to be commenting at all on this thread, b/c I am one of those with a weird aversion to homemade foods from the kitchens of others, in general. (There are absolutely exceptions, of course) But creamy dips are typically the worst offenders. I have a sweet, dear friend who makes what she calls "Addictive dip" -- mayonnaise and thousand island dressing mixed in a bowl. That's it. She serves it with potato chips. No kidding -- I have seen people go after the stuff like it has crack mixed in there!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ItalGreyHound

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I would eat that dip... although it is better when made from the component parts of the 1000 dip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: KarenDW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                :) More for you! Like I said, there are many we know who find it addictive - hence the name...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Actually, I like most of the things mentioned in this thread, although if they have been sitting out for a long time, have gotten warm and have been picked over, they are not enticing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            One thing that does turn me off is when a person takes something that is inherently high calorie and tries to turn it into a diet dish. Come on, these buffets are not a time to diet! If you need to lose weight, step away from the buffet!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In particular, I am thinking of the spinach dip with the pumpernickel bread container. If you make the dish with fat free cream cheese, fat free mayo, fat free sour cream, and low salt, it may be healthy as can be, but it does not taste like anything. In fact, several of those ingredients make me gag.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: gfr1111

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fat free + salt free = taste free

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: gfr1111

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The worst diet item I ever saw was "diet" lasagna. The person who brought it put tomato slices & cottage cheese on lasagna noodles. Needless to say, not one person ate any of it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Jerzeegirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't see how that's really diet, anyway. Your problem is the pasta and the cheese, and that's all still there....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. More SMH than icky...invited to a holiday potluck at the boss's house. Slaved away over something (impressive and delicious) to bring, which was placed next to my colleague's contribution of. wait for it. celery stuffed with peanut butter, made festive with red and green candy sprinkles. Really?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: susan1353

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ha, that's hilarious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: susan1353

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kinda been there:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "Did you get a chance to try my celery?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "Of course, it was wonderful. Where'd you buy it?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "Oh, no I made it."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "Do you know if they have any more tequila?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Years ago I made a taco dip for a party - spent a couple hours on it. Someone else brought a block of Velveeta and a can of Rotel. Guess which one disappeared first? I also made a complicated appetizer for a book club which was trumped immediately by a tray of Chik-Fil-A nuggets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My dislikes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Country ham that has dried out til it just tastes like salty paper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Any kind of cocktail meatballs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Those pita wrap pinwheel things? That taste like nothing?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Frozen mini-quiches

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: NonnieMuss

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I completely agree about the cream cheese-tortilla-ham-whatever pinwheels. Dreadful gummy texture, excess gooey cheese, fillings that pull the whole thing apart on a bite; unpleasant cold, room temp, or warm. I know they have their fans -- please enjoy a few for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: NonnieMuss

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Isn't that annoying? I've learned to make for the audience. If it's SO's friends coming over... all I do is chips, salsa, ranch or french onion dip and "pizzadillas".... basically cheese, marinara, and pepperoni in between 2 flour tortillas, cooked on the stove. They also go crazy for bits of potato wrapped in bacon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If it's my friends, I do the fancier stuff :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: NonnieMuss

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's the thing -- people LOVE the crappetizers. I'll put out a fine spread, and the cocktail meatballs disappear first - long before the (really good) cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Savour

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've noticed that, too. At almost any party I've been to with a mix of foods, the saltiest, orange cheesiest stuff draws people like a bug zapper.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Eh, more of the good stuff for me!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: NonnieMuss

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Huh! And I thought country ham started out that way, at least in my experience.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: janmcbaker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Depends on the ham you're getting, I suppose. I've had it dry and tough, and I've had it juicy and lovely. (The juicy ones came from a great local producer.) It's always salty as hell, though, obviously. I always liked to eat it with "funeral potatoes", to cut back on the salt a bit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: janmcbaker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not if it's done right. If it's pre-sliced on biscuits on a tray at a party, you're probably getting salty paper. I used to call it "salt-fed ham". The good stuff can be heaven on earth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: NonnieMuss

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've changed up what I bring to parties a lot after that sort of thing happening all the time. I'd spend hours preparing something exotic from scratch, only to be trumped by trashy packaged processed nastiness! I feel like I have to subvert this trend by making something trashy from scratch...one winner for me has been pigs in blankets made with fresh bread dough (I make a buttery crescent roll dough in the bread machine)!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. any trader joes frozen phyllo whatevers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Mini pizzas - almost always lukewarm, chewy and unnervingly solid, I just don't see the joy in them at all!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chicken drumsticks - why would you offer food that guarantees you will cover your hands and face in an oily slimy layer of chickeny skin-gloop at an event where you are supposed to be meeting/flirting with people and looking awesome in your party clothes?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Shop-bought mini spring rolls - look great until you bite into them and drag the entire stringy, bean-sprouty filling out with your teeth so that it dribbles down your chin like octopus tentacles. And then you are left with an appealing empty, soggy pastry tube. Why are party foods so often so inelegant to eat?! :D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Elster

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chicken drumsticks/wings - RIGHT? My fiance wanted to have those at the wedding, but that got vetoed real quick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anything that automatically requires wet naps is pretty much a no for a party. That said, I love me some bourbon wings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Thanks, all. This thread has been very helpful, especially since I will be throwing my own "icky party" on Saturday for my daughter's HS graduation. Now I know what not to serve for appetizers!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    But I'm still going to Costco to load up on pita chips, hummus, and guacamole because I figure it won't be horrific and it's for a bunch of teenagers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Deviled eggs. Especially after they've been sitting out for a while and they dry out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (I have to admit that I absolutely loathe hardboiled eggs, or any other non-scrambled egg preparation. Visible yolks gross me out. And I hate mayo. In my world, hell is where there's nothing to eat but egg salad.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: truman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Meanwhile, I'd love to see devilled eggs. I generally don't like mayo either, but I can let it slide in this case. And I think it's a bit nostalgic for me- devilled eggs were everywhere when I was little but I haven't seen them in years and years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: hyacinthgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i make deviled eggs often when i have people over and they get woofed in no time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I take deviled eggs to pot-luck get-togethers all the time and they are always the first thing gone from the table.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Me too! It's my go to dish for parties usually if I don't make a dessert.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: hyacinthgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've seen devilled eggs lately but done more upscale in presentation. On a small rectangular tray, garnished and not cut in half, but rather just the top/narrow end cut off. Flavored with curry it was delicious, and I usually don't like curry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alwayshungrygal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I did them with curry once, with a dollop of mango chutney on top. I loved them and other people at the party did, too. But the hubs said to please stick to the regular kind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Anyone remember that molded "spread" that was popular in the 60's made with cream cheese, cream of shrimp soup, those teeny tiny frozen shrimp, maybe cocktail sauce and gelatin? Once you unmolded it, it resembles a jiggling pink brain in the middle of the table.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: PattiCakes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just the thought of this makes me very glad my mom was seafood-averse in the 60s. Blerg.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: pine time

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just to make you gag: http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/tf9ag5y4...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              An alternate recipe uses cream of mushroom soup in lieu of tomato. In actuality, it does not taste that bad -- it's just really gross looking. And those itty bitty shrimp always freak me out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: PattiCakes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i've seen something like it. teeny shrimp on a cream cheese brick with cocktail sauce poured over it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: eLizard

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've seen the cream cheese spread out on a platter, topped with cocktail sauce, then with crabmeat and tiny shrimp.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's actually pretty good, I'm embarassed to say!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The newest incarnation is raspberry chipotle sauce poured on a log of cream cheese that has been coated in chopped pecans. It's something tasty to make if you really can't cook.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: sisterfunkhaus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    WHY does everything have to be sweet? never in my life did i dream of raspberry and chipotle in the same sentence, never mind as a pair.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've never seen raspberry w/ chipotle, although I don't mind occasional savory w/ sweet. I do like spice w/ sweet, though, depending on what it is. Moorenko makes a good spiced chocolate ice cream. If they did a spicy raspberry ice cream, I'd probably give it a try.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: chowser

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think this might be the raspberry/chipotle sauce being mentioned. I bought some a few months ago at Costco and found it to be really good. I went back, and Costco doesn't have it anymore. I'll have to check some other stores. I don't particularly like buying stuff like this online. (I don't want 6 bottles of the stuff all at once).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        https://www.jelly.com/product/1055/th...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm a fan of spicy and sweet, particularly berry sweet. I don't have much of a sweet tooth for desserts let alone other courses, but I do like spicy-sweet. I prefer to think of it as making everything spicy, not everything sweet. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This blackberry chile sauce? Amazing. Just amazing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have been in love with hot pepper jelly since I was kid. I love a spicy/sweet combo alsmost as much as I love salty/sweet,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I agree. I made some jalapeno jelly and we ate it on fried chicken and biscuit sandwiches - pretty good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: sisterfunkhaus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We used to to this with pickapeppa sauce and serve it with triscuits. It's delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My new century version is a goat cheese log with sweet Thai chili sauce. Still triscuits, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: PattiCakes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My husband asks for this EVERY YEAR for Christmas eve dinner. I have a version that I tweak to make it edible. Still kinda nasty looking, of course, but without all the prefab ingredients.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      No recipe will be forthcoming, because some things should just fade away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Isolda

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Too funny! I gotta say, that sounds pretty vile and a special kind of torture....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. If you don't mind a detour into side dishes, I *despise* broccoli salad. It's almost always overdressed and swimming in mayo & vinegar with those plastic little matchsticks of pre-grated cheddar cheese. Broccoli can smell funky enough on it's own, but add some vinegar and it's downright vile.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Christina D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I hate that too. I actually have a bunch of broccoli and have been trying to figure out if there's a salad I can make with it that isn't mayo-y and gross.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: hyacinthgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You can make a brilliant salad with broccoli if you roast it first! Toss it in olive oil, salt, pepper and minced garlic, and roast it for about 10 mins. Give small cubes of butternut squash the same treatment and roast for about 20 mins. Dress the veg with a balsamic vinaigrette and fresh oregano while they're still warm, then once they're cooled toss in fresh chopped cherry tomatoes and thin slices of red onion. It's so colourful!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Elster

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That sounds lovely! Might give that a try this weekend!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ItalGreyHound

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I hope you enjoy it if you do! It makes a good main course if you toss in feta and walnuts, if you have them :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Elster

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That sounds good. I do not enjoy broccoli salad because it always contains raw broccoli. Unless broccoli is in slaw form, I prefer it lightly steamed or roasted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: tcamp

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I agree 100%

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I'm not a fan of the 6 foot party sub. They're always too tall to take a bite, and sliced too thin so the stuff all falls out, and made so many hours before that they've gotten all soggy. I'm not a fan of cold cuts in general, but the 6 foot party sub takes them to a whole 'nuther level.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To add... while soggy in the inside, the outside of the bread goes stale and hard. Also the meat / cheese quality seems to be terrible in those.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: JMF

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Exactly. Even if, by some miracle, it was pretty good right when it was made, it's always awful when it's served.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. If you can extend this to desserts, elsewhere on CH someone posted a recipe for -- I kid you not -- a kitty litter cake, complete with little tootsie rolls for turds. "Ewe, ickky, not for me" doesn't begin to describe my reaction. Then again, thanks to her I'll probably never eat another tootsie roll, which I guess is a good thing since I'm trying to lose weight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: medrite

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yeah, I would never eat that either but what disgusts me more than the fake turds is the fact that it is eaten out of a cat litter box with a litter scoop. I can't get past that, even knowing (hoping?) that these have been purchased new.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: medrite

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ack!!!! That is awful! Really?? That is absolutely gross.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: medrite

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I really try not to yuck other people's yums but it would be guaranteed that the person who brought that cake to one of our events would not be on the next guest list. The idea of someone spending all that time turning processed packaged food into something that intentionally, literally, looks like shit and serving it in stinky non- food safe plastic just doesn't work for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: medrite

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    KItty litter cake's have been round for a while... it's supposed to be gag (figuratively of course). for halloween etc..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Anything with peanut butter, or involving deceptive food - eg the cake frosted and arranged to look like a hamburger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And runny cheese.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Katie10

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I agree about hating cutsie food like silly decorated cakes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      But brie and some other cheeses need to be runny. I hate when you get served cold brie that has no flavor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JMF

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cutesy foods depend on the crowd for me. Fine for a three year old party. I can't imagine it for adults but I guess those who love baby talk would probably enjoy it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: JMF

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I agree - I don't like cold brie. I'm picturing that far too ripe brie that's running into everything else on the platter. I live in a hot climate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Katie10

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Do you not like peanut butter, or just nothing peanut butter at parties?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: chowser

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Love peanut butter in sandwiches, but a blob of it on limp celery ... ugh!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Katie10

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Do you not like celery??

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Katie10

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            More runny cheese for me!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Oh wow, I feel so left out. What I would give to try some of these crazy concoctions! I've never seen a jello mold, snickers salad or grape jelly meat products at a party. They sound intriguing. Not enough for me to make them mind you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hell, people don't even serve melty velveeta type dips in my town. I LOVE them. Even in my relatively food snobbish city, I notice that the ubiquitous onion dip tends to evaporate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My pet peeves are (as already mentioned) bags of plain chips with no serving bowl and no dip and crackers with no spread. I love to guild the lily! I never touch the raw veg platters unless they have bell peppers. Never touch those wrap things either. So dry and dull.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have on rare occasion seen the 7 layer dip and agree it is a visual disaster once people dig in. I don't think I've ever tasted it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hmm, me thinks a party with disastrous party food is in order.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ChervilGeorge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Actually, that's a fun idea -the "Cliche Party Party". All the nastiest party food shit, a coupla boxes of white zin, some cand of Coors Light . . . .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Right? I need to start compiling a list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I know retro food parties and "white trash" parties have become very popular in these parts with the hipster set. Not sure if that's happening elsewhere in the world.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm very interested in the origins of many of these dishes. It seems many of them were served at church functions but where did they originate? And it seems like most of us responding are Americans or have lived in the U.S/Canada for some time I'd be curious to hear international responses.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Having grown up on the left coast, I have no exposure to this fascinating world and want to learn more. If anyone has any ideas where I can find info other than google, I'd be much obliged.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ChervilGeorge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There was plenty of this weird "party food" kicking around California in the 50's, 60's and 70's. I believe that my mother's recipe for Salmon Ball came from Sunset magazine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I don't doubt it. It's a smidge before my time. Salmon Ball sounds intriguing. Google here I come.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: ChervilGeorge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think many of the recipes came from the sides of boxes, packages, and cans. Like cream cheese, soup, jello, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And there were also recipe booklets included with refrigerators, stoves, and small appliances, many of which contained "interesting" recipes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yeah! And with tupperware.....etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ok..I will admit..a friend who knew I loved to cook bought me a "best loved recipes from boxes and cans" book. For my birthday. She was so excited to give it to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My first cookbook was the brand name cookbook. Very similar cookbook you yours. I still have a copy thirty one years later. Its a fun book. I made my first ever recipe from it. Toads in a hole

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What I know as toad in the hole is sausage in a pastry kind of shell with gravy. But I've noticed some people think of it as a piece of bread with a hole cut out and an egg fried in the hole. I've always called that a bullseye. What is it to you?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ChervilGeorge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Toad in the hole is a piece of bread with a space in the middle cut out, fried in butter with an egg in the middle. The bread circle was also fried on the side for toast. Learned this in the 60's in Home Ec. I've heard other versions like yours over the years though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ChervilGeorge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Toad in the hole is sausage with like a batter baked around it...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The toast with a hole and an egg is a "birds nest"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not in the U.S.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Agree with gotw on this, except the toast with hole cut out and egg in it is also called 'egg in a basket'.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We called it "chicken in a basket".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We call 'em "toad in hole"!. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: ChervilGeorge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The recipe in that cookbook is sausages fried in cast iron and then arranged in a spoke wheel fashion and covered in pancake batter and served cut like a pie wedge so every piece gets a sausage. I was eleven. It may not be authentic but at eleven it was easy and great. My family loved it. Before that i had only basted eggs and fried bacon as sides. This time i got to make the main, so thrilling

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ChervilGeorge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          eggs in a frame is what DH calls it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Or the back of the Ritz cracker box.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mock Apple Pie...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: miss_belle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If memory serves Ritz also had the recipe for a "mock steak" made with the crackers... never tried that one myself (though I would:-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: ChervilGeorge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh wow, I feel so left out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i'm with you. sort of. i am happy to not see most of these dishes at friend's homes. do people still make those grape jelly meatballs? truly?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                as a bostonian, some (most) of this stuff seems weirdly of another region?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                chips just in a bag seems like a college thing. do grown-ups actually do that?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I live in the Upper Midwest, and I've heard about the chili sauce/grape jelly thing for years, but I've never had the pleasure of witnessing it in person. Thank goodness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've seen it. It's another one of those dishes that you don't eat. When you're asked about it, you politely say:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "It's quite lovely - one of my uncle/aunt's all time favorite dishes. Who would think that chili sauce and grape jelly could go together, ya know? And, so easy, too."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As you start to step away, "Do you know if there's anymore tequila?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I once had a girlfriend whose mother made meatballs in a sauce made of cranberry sauce and either ketchup or chili sauce. She served them on noodles, and I LOVED them. They always invited me over when they had them for dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Every winter, my snowbird father has a party at his place in Arizona. He provides the beverages and everybody brings appetizers. I've been down there for a few of these events and every year someone will bring the little smokies and the meatballs in crockpots. I think the old folks have veered away from the grape jelly and ketchup sauce in favor of a bottle of BBQ sauce. I once even saw somebody bring pigs-in-a-blanket. I've seen all of the stuff mentioned on this thread at those parties. Of course the average age is about 75.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pigs in a blanket? first thing to move at a cocktail party.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          oh hell yes...especially if I am a guest/hostess at that party :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          also, for the record, if it is weenies in *bbq* sauce (not that gloopy grape jelly combo) I am a huge fan. Go figure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            When I was a kid, Pillsbury made a product called "Weiner Wraps". You opened the can of dough and then wrapped each piece of dough around a hotdog and bake them in the oven. Of course since it was just Crescent dough in squares instead of triangles I guess sales weren't stong enough to keep them around.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              God I loved wiener wraps. I think we had them three or four times. Then we went back to wrapping our dogs in white bread with american cheese and sticking them in the broiler. The wiener wraps were just too expensive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I use canned croissants and little smokies. I serve them with grainy French mustard. I don't share though. Only for my husband, child and me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: sisterfunkhaus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                hey!!! i make these when I bring friends home after school..only add cheese... They think it is soooooo fancy. I dont serve with mustard though...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Well, it tastes just like you think it's going to, just to save you the trouble of seeking it out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I have a sweet sister in law, who buys Costco or Sam's Club meatballs and puts them in a crockpot with Heinz chili sauce and Welch's grape jelly. oh dear...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Funny thread.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My offering is somewhat regional, and it is the Tomato Pie, indigenous to the Philadelphia area.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's a square pie, served COLD. Sicilian crust, cheap tomato paste-like tomato sauce spread on top, maybe some dried Italian herbs, and sprinkled with cheap Parm.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Every blessed picnic, birthday, Holy Communion and graduation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yuck!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: monavano

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            OH NO! Tomato pie is wonderful - but I guess we only get it from good bakeries that use quality ingredients

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I am sorta sick of seeing artichoke spinach dip - especially in a bread bowl. All these years and I still see it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Not a fan of cream cheese block covered with cocktail sauce and canned crab or those baby shrimp. Maybe I am alone in that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You're not alone.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nothing says "I really don't care about any of you" more than a block on cream cheese with stuff dumped on top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The least they could do is whip the cream cheese and use a mold.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wow, there are a lot of people that i used to think liked me that made cream cheese with pickapeppa on it. now i find that they don't care about me. I'm heartbroken.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: TroyTempest

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    One of my favorite snacks is a block of cream cheese with Marie Sharps Sweet Habanero sauce poured on top. Thankfully I have avoided the embarassment of serving it to others.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The one time I have a block of cream cheese with something dumped on it I thought, "wow that's lazy. Why would someone do that?" But then I remembered that the hostess just had a baby earlier in the week and she probably didn't expect an apartment full of relatives to descend upon them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: viperlush

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't think it's lazy at all! It's quick, easy and