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Ickky Party Dishes

natewrites May 26, 2013 05:01 AM

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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    JoeBabbitt Jan 13, 2014 08:37 AM

    The 'Kitty Litter Casserole' I'm almost certain came from a book called 'Gross Grub" My kids & I bought it quite a few years ago at one of the elementary school book fairs. It was filled with disgusting recipes including the Kitty Litter one. I also recall 'Toasted Tongues' which were a popsicle and 'Dirty Diaper Stew'. Most of the recipes looked exactly like their titles & looked foul. All the ones we tried tasted good though.

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      Kontxesi Oct 22, 2013 12:10 PM

      My boyfriend's aunt just posted this on Facebook, and I immediately thought of this thread:

      Bacon Wrapped Smokies with Brown Sugar and Butter


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        PearlRose86 Sep 16, 2013 01:35 PM

        My boyfriend LOVES all of these crazy potluck/party dishes -- the weirder the better, as he's likely to say.

        I, however, didn't do potlucks much as a child (my family went out to eat a lot, but rarely did potluck-style meals), so when he fondly talks to me about "green bean casserole", "pretzel salad" or "corn casserole" -- I cringe. I'm definitely of a mind where if I want corn or green beans or whatever, I'd rather roast them myself. I want veggies, not veggies and soup and those crunchy fried onion thingies.

        Our relationship is saved because he's a) a far more adventurous eater than I am and b) I enjoy cooking, so I volunteer to do most of it. So he eats what I make and is appreciative of my use of fresh ingredients, spices, etc. etc.

        Anyhow. One of the women at the library I used to work at brought in those grape-jelly meatballs, and I remember them being oddly addicting. So, I'm not totally immune. ;)

        Personally, I'd rather make something fun and from scratch, but I brought homemade white-chocolate cheesecake to a work potluck and everybody went for the doughnuts instead. (Not that I'm bitter or anything.)

        Some of the stuff mentioned is delicious in a kind of terrible way, and the rest of it just squicks me out. That said, if somebody went to the trouble to provide food for a party, I won't be mean or anything! I'd eat what I could, and drink lots and lots and lots of booze. :)

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        1. re: PearlRose86
          foiegras Sep 16, 2013 06:49 PM

          Yeah, I'll definitely eat those grape jelly meatballs too. I have had people describe them to me as a genius thing to serve for say, a big anniversary bash, and I just nod. Edible yes, genius no. I had them before at a wedding reception in a university faculty lounge.

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            eLizard Sep 17, 2013 07:01 AM

            i've had them with ocean cranberry jelly and the heinz chili sauce.... somehow i like that idea better.

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              Firegoat Sep 17, 2013 08:51 AM

              ermagawd! A jelly snob!
              does sound pretty good tho. But i'm not knocking the grape.

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                foiegras Sep 17, 2013 02:43 PM

                I use Heinz chili sauce in my meatloaf glaze ... it's practically highbrow.

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            youareabunny Sep 15, 2013 01:38 AM

            I generally don't like any party food where the host pays no mind to temperature.

            I can understand that it can be hard to make food fresh depending on how many people you're serving. But reheat at least, prepare food that can be cooked in stages (place a tray in the oven to replenish), or serve mostly room temperature or cold food. Chafing dishes, etc.

            Congealed pasta, cold bbq. I've been served fried food that was fried the morning of, not reheated. So not only was it cold and limp, but how many organisms grew in that time?

            And don't get me started on picnics. Bzzzzzzzzzz

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            1. re: youareabunny
              Gastronomos Sep 15, 2013 04:48 AM

              we are few who enjoy our food fresh and hot.

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                alkapal Sep 17, 2013 03:03 AM


            2. Sandwich_Sister Sep 14, 2013 01:03 PM

              Coca Cola or Dr. Pepper beans. I just don't get it

              Ham and cheese roll ups using Kraft American cheese product

              Wrap pinwheels - for some reason they are often dry and fall apart in your hand.

              Those weird jello salads with miracle whip - I hate miracle whip anyway but this is even more horrid

              I agree with the seven layer dips after a few people dig in, it starts to look like vomit.

              Green Bean Casserole, My husband hates it. I don't mind it once a year for a work potluck but that's it.

              Guacamole without lime but with sour cream and a lot of it. The color is just so off putting

              My mother in law told me about a dish she heard about at a Halloween Party. I knew it's supposed to be gross but a dish named "Bloody Tampon" And yep you guest it cream cheese with red jam or sauce over the top.

              a play on a tuna sushi roll with tuna salad carrots and avocado in a wrap and cut into rolls. Trying to be cutesy doesn't always work

              A Hawaiian themed party someone brought Ritz Crackers with Spam some cheese spray from a can and a piece of pineapple on top

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              1. re: Sandwich_Sister
                pine time Sep 16, 2013 12:21 PM

                Oh, yuck, that bloody tampon reminds me of the equally gross Cat Litter Box chocolate cake. Maybe I lack a sense of humor, but it's just beyond the pale.

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                  alkapal Sep 17, 2013 03:05 AM

                  i'm with you, pine time. if anyone served either of these, i'd leave. just gross.

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                bugablue13 Aug 26, 2013 07:02 AM

                That nasty 7 layer dip or the spinach dip in a bread bowl that was obviously made with frozen spinach and dip mix.

                Crock pots of brown gravy meatballs are kinda gross.

                Boy, that sounded snobby :)

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                1. re: bugablue13
                  alkapal Sep 17, 2013 03:06 AM

                  you, sir or madam, have transgressed herewith your post, upon the order of the defenders of the sacred bread bowl and knorr's spinach-vegetable dip.

                  we shall duel at dawn.

                2. RetiredChef Jul 25, 2013 11:39 AM

                  BBQ Beans and weenies
                  Jell-O Salad

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                    Firegoat Jul 25, 2013 11:42 AM

                    I was just looking at a community cookbook this morning and it had "Tacos" made with a hard taco shell. The taco shell was then lovingly lined with one slice of american cheese. A cooked hotdog was then placed into the next, followed by a covering of warmed canned baked beans.

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                      MGZ Jul 25, 2013 11:56 AM

                      At first, I cringed. Then, I sorta thought, "I'd try that . . . ."

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                        Firegoat Jul 25, 2013 11:58 AM

                        Well they did advise you to warm the hard taco shells first, so this is clearly gourmet.

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                          MGZ Jul 26, 2013 10:29 PM

                          The more I think about it, . . . I bet, with a good dog and the substitution of some chili for the canned, baked beans, this could actually have a chance of bein' very tasty. Maybe some chopped onion and cilantro leaves on top? A smear of mustard below the cheese?

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                        girloftheworld Jul 25, 2013 11:58 AM

                        "community cookbook" and this was a community of basement dwelling man children?

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                          Gastronomos Jul 25, 2013 12:29 PM

                          Like this:

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                            girloftheworld Jul 25, 2013 01:03 PM

                            LOL- gastro. please tell me this is not your room at moms house.

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                              monfrancisco Jul 25, 2013 01:45 PM

                              This is outstanding. I can barely type I'm laughing so hard. And clears up the kitchen counter clutter-- coffee at breakfast and dogs for lunch.

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                                hotoynoodle Jul 26, 2013 02:55 PM

                                reminds me of a thread awhile back (that utterly gorssed me out) asking what to do with left-over hot dog water. answer: make coffee.

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                                  John E. Jul 26, 2013 03:50 PM

                                  I would rather jab a pencil in my ear than drink coffee made with hotdog water.

                              2. re: Gastronomos
                                KaimukiMan Jul 25, 2013 02:42 PM

                                call me stunned and amazed - waiting for the ronco infomercial to come out any day now.

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                                  Gastronomos Jul 25, 2013 07:44 PM

                                  Like this:

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                                    pine time Jul 26, 2013 01:41 PM

                                    We finally just succumbed to buying a Keurig. I'll have to see if I can find a hotdog K-cup! LOL!

                                    On the other hand, guess it prevents the coffee maker from being a mono-use appliance.

                                    1. re: pine time
                                      Gastronomos Jul 26, 2013 06:44 PM

                                      Like this :

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                                        pine time Jul 29, 2013 08:50 AM

                                        Good heavens--even in my stupid college dorm years would I have come up with that method!

                                      2. re: pine time
                                        alkapal Sep 17, 2013 03:08 AM

                                        hot dog k-cup.

                                        excellent! ;)

                                  2. re: Gastronomos
                                    Tripeler Jul 25, 2013 07:51 PM

                                    The photo is completely hilarious. Thanks !

                                    1. re: Gastronomos
                                      John E. Jul 25, 2013 07:51 PM

                                      I just cannot wait to make hotdogs like that! I am not known for my patience, but there will come a time when a bunch of hotdogs will need to be cooked in our home, and that is when I will nonchalantly cook the hotdogs in this manner.

                                      wife/kid: "What are you doing!"

                                      me: "I'm cooking hotdogs, how do you make them?"

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                                        MGZ Jul 26, 2013 03:03 AM

                                        Actually, it would be really funny to host a party and have two pots of dogs sitting on a table with the rest of the food out back. It would be priceless to watch the guests come in and eye the table.

                                        "Help yourself to a hot dog. . . . "

                                        1. re: MGZ
                                          NonnieMuss Aug 29, 2013 05:55 AM

                                          Instead of regular and decaf, could the orange handle be kosher? Or vegetarian?

                                  3. re: Firegoat
                                    Jerseygirl111 Jul 25, 2013 01:21 PM


                                2. Firegoat Jul 23, 2013 05:03 AM

                                  They came out with a ranking of top appetizers for weddings and those little meatballs came in at #5. They didn't specify the chili sauce/grape jelly sauce, tho.

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                                  1. re: Firegoat
                                    pie22 Jul 23, 2013 02:12 PM

                                    when a bacon wrapped scallop is done right, my oh my is it good!

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                                      Gastronomos Jul 23, 2013 04:20 PM

                                      True. So good in fact I recall having one a couple of decades ago that still makes me smile.
                                      Since then all I have encountered has been Sysco.

                                  2. KaimukiMan Jul 22, 2013 06:24 PM

                                    I thought I'd seen most everything, but a couple of weeks ago I was at a party where someone made "spaghetti". The recipe was as follows: Two cans Campbells Tomato soup. Two cans water. Bring to boil and throw in one pound spaghetti noodles broken into thirds. Boil for 20 minutes and drain. Serve chilled.

                                    I swear you could hear 80 generations of Italian cooks whirling in their graves.

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                                    1. re: KaimukiMan
                                      John E. Jul 22, 2013 10:18 PM

                                      The 'serve chilled' has me perplexed, in addtion to the rest of the 'recipe'.

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                                        KaimukiMan Jul 22, 2013 11:50 PM

                                        me too. everything about it perplexed me, including the preparer's 'initiative' in having a 3x5 card in front of the dish with the 'recipe' on it. seemed miffed that other people hadn't done the same. Of course half of them would have said things like KFC boneless wings, or CPK BBQ chicken salad, Whole Foods Slaw, etc. This one was unique.

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                                          Gastronomos Jul 23, 2013 04:59 AM

                                          "seemed miffed that other people hadn't done the same."

                                          I can see the look on the preparers face.

                                      2. re: KaimukiMan
                                        pine time Jul 25, 2013 03:06 PM

                                        Oh my word. Mr. Pine has an avowed pasta aversion (to my everloving chagrin). Maybe he once had this--would 'splain a lot.

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                                        shoo bee doo Jul 21, 2013 09:14 PM

                                        I mentioned this on another thread and got a lot of good reactions. I didn't see it on this thread

                                        Snicker salad, which basically consists of cut up Snicker bars, granny smith apples, and Cool Whip. There are variations, such as adding pudding mix, grapes, or other fruits.

                                        This seems to be a specialty for graduation parties in small towns in northern Minnesota. I refused to try it, but did observe it being the first bowl emptied by high school students.

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                                          mastercooker Jul 16, 2013 02:51 PM

                                          cheese dip from the jar

                                          1. MGZ Jun 24, 2013 12:56 PM

                                            So, I know some of the rest of you are old enough to remember parties in the 60s and 70s. You know those days when the grown ups gathered around the bar in the living room drinking Manhattans made with Canadian Club and the kids were basically locked in the basement with a Monopoly game?

                                            Well, I was talkin' to Mom earlier and asked her about "icky" party foods from those days. She said, "I used to hide a few 'pigs in the blanket' in a napkin to bring down to you."

                                            "I remember., Thanks."

                                            "You used to like to dip them in the Onion Dip."

                                            "Wow, I totally forgot about that, but you can tell no one. Oh, and, by the way, you know what I'm gonna have to have for dinner now?

                                            "Please don't invite me."

                                            "What about those crab things with Cheese Wiz on an English Muffin?"

                                            "I still have the recipe."

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                                              Firegoat Jun 25, 2013 07:06 AM

                                              LOL!!! Ah good ol' Cheez Whiz. That was definitely my comfort food as a tot. Rarely got it but loved it on a Ritz cracker when mom bought it for me. No one else in the family liked it at all. To this day if I'm feeling down or sick either my mom or my BF will end up bringing by a glass jar of Cheez Whiz and some crackers for me. (The jars used to be taller!) I don't know what it is about the stuff. I hated the spray on cheese (well not Hate hate... I mean I could eat it) but I could eat Cheez Whiz out of the jar with a spoon.

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                                                melpy Jul 23, 2013 05:49 AM

                                                Crannies made with Old English! We still make those and they are the first thing to go. It's like locust came to visit. I do like them so if we are going to be late she will put a couple aside for me.

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                                                alwayshungrygal Jun 17, 2013 09:17 AM

                                                I can't help but wonder why you reject anything solely on the basis of how it looks, not how it tastes. Is there anything you've tasted that you liked more than you thought you would?

                                                And another question, why do you yuck other people's yum? Or am I misunderstanding your post?

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                                                1. re: alwayshungrygal
                                                  MGZ Jun 17, 2013 02:02 PM

                                                  Read it all again and allow yourself to take a minute to smile.

                                                  1. re: MGZ
                                                    alwayshungrygal Jun 17, 2013 05:11 PM

                                                    Oh I definitely smiled a bit but I still don't understand why anyone yucks anyone else's yum. I have a long list of ingredients I don't like based on tasting them, but wouldn't think that they're "ewwww" or "icky." I just don't like the taste, period. And it IS taste, not what it looks like. As some posters above noted, some things are "gloppy" but to me, some gloppy stuff can be quite delicious. Just my humble opinion.

                                                    Everyone's mileage may vary on this.

                                                    1. re: alwayshungrygal
                                                      MGZ Jun 19, 2013 06:06 AM

                                                      I know the cardinal rules of the Site:

                                                      "Never yuck somebody else's yum."

                                                      "Talk about the Chow and not about the 'hound."

                                                      "Don't drink and post."

                                                      Nevertheless, have you never driven at sevety miles an hour?

                                                      1. re: MGZ
                                                        JMF Jun 19, 2013 08:25 AM

                                                        "Don't drink and post" You would think I would have learned that one by now. A few times a year I get that letter from Chowhound calling me out on something that I didn't even remember the next day. It's difficult some times when you get paid to eat and drink.

                                                        (Oh, and I always drive 70-80 mph. That's what radar/laser detectors are for. But not when drinking. That's what taxi's are for.)

                                                        1. re: JMF
                                                          MGZ Jun 19, 2013 08:35 AM

                                                          "[P]aid to eat and drink."

                                                          Let me know if you need an intern?

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                                                            Gastronomos Jun 20, 2013 04:37 AM


                                                        2. re: MGZ
                                                          alwayshungrygal Jun 19, 2013 09:51 AM

                                                          I don't see how driving seventy miles an hour personally insults anyone (assuming of course, I don't hit anyone). What am I missing in this analogy?

                                                          As for drinking and posting, who ever admits to that? Not I...

                                                          I've got a pretty good sense of humor, really I do, but I just don't ever understand the posts where the basic premise is, "I don't like this, how can anyone else?"

                                                          Like I said, I've got a long* list of things I don't like, and don't care if anyone loves them. Some of my friends hate some things I love, and I respect them and don't knowingly serve it to them.

                                                          *coconut, fennel, anise, bleu cheese, olives, anchovies, mint, hot peppers, cilantro, root beer, turmeric, curry, grapefruit
                                                          blueberries (and my late beloved grandmother used to bake blueberry pies every summer, never ate a bite), fish sauce/sriracha, ginger, beer (quelle horror!!), okra, kidney & lima beans, black eyes peas

                                                          1. re: MGZ
                                                            Firegoat Jun 19, 2013 11:06 AM

                                                            Driving at 75 mph is legal where I live. Are you saying she's not living it up enough?

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                                                              alwayshungrygal Jun 19, 2013 11:11 AM

                                                              LOL. I drive the main highway between Northern and Southern California a few times a year. If you're not driving 85 mph, the 18-wheelers are passing you by. I've done 90 on it a few times in the past 30 years or so. I guess I'm living it up quite well.

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                                                                FriedClamFanatic Jun 19, 2013 11:43 AM

                                                                >>>>>"Don't drink and post."<<<<<<<<

                                                                It's ok, I'm a drunk, not an alcoholic.. Alcoholics get to got to meetings.....we drunks get to go to partiers

                                                          2. re: alwayshungrygal
                                                            hotoynoodle Jun 19, 2013 11:40 AM

                                                            "I just don't like the taste, period. And it IS taste, not what it looks like. "


                                                            strongly disagree. we eat first with the eyes, as mentioned by the op.

                                                            my aversion to certain things is indeed based on how they look -- like bowls of dips at parties. after just a few folks get at them, they're a mess and totally lose their appeal regardless of how they may taste.

                                                            1. re: hotoynoodle
                                                              alwayshungrygal Jun 19, 2013 04:56 PM

                                                              Gotta disagree with your disagreement, to a certain point.

                                                              Yes, I do agree that people eat with their eyes first (and I sometimes tell my clients that) but after that, the taste has to match the vision. How many restaurant critics are disappointed with the final effort when reviewing a restaurant? Sure the plate composition was pretty, but the flavor was lacking.

                                                              I think blueberries are pretty but I hate the taste. I don't dislike the looks of grapefruit, olives or mint etc etc. but I really don't like the taste.

                                                              1. re: alwayshungrygal
                                                                hotoynoodle Jun 20, 2013 06:10 AM

                                                                a plate looking pretty but only being meh is different than a 7-layer dip that looks like 15 pre-schoolers have been at it with bits of broken chip stuck all around and globs of it on the table. it's not just unsightly but immediately makes me think "unsanitary! red flag!" , so i don't even think about going there.

                                                                other foods mentioned on here seem utter crimes against humanity, lol.

                                                                you have a very long list here of dislikes. are you a "picky party guest" too? ;)


                                                                1. re: hotoynoodle
                                                                  alwayshungrygal Jun 20, 2013 10:32 AM

                                                                  I agree that some things are unsightly but I guess I'm just not as picky as a guest, for the most part.

                                                                  I am very picky about how I serve and present things (I always do a buffet) and tend to go with the flow once service has started. (Don't get me started about work, however!). I am not a picky party guest, have never told my hosts about likes or dislikes and if served something that I don't like, I still will try and taste everything I am served. No second bites if I don't care for it. If it's a repeat dish that I know I don't like (I know someone who always prepares the most tasteless roasted potatoes at every Passover meal) then I'll pass and make an excuse of some sort.

                                                                  I guess I just find other things more stressful to think or care about (my life is stressful enough). I love great food, I truly do, but obsessing over some of these things is too much energy for me. I'm just grateful to be invited wherever I am, and I figure that people serve what they do based on their own taste/need/budget/experience/knowledge etc etc. It's just not for me to criticize how other people cook or eat (and I've tasted a lot of blah food). I'd rather focus on having a good time. Everyone else's mileage may vary.

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                                                                    chowser Jun 20, 2013 11:12 AM

                                                                    My feeling is people can obsess over what they want. I can join in or not but it's not my place to tell them they shouldn't. I'm guessing they couldn't care less how I feel about it. It's not for me to criticize what others obsess over. To "yuck someone's yum" can be more than just what they enjoy eating--it can be what someone enjoys doing.

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                                                                      alwayshungrygal Jun 20, 2013 04:45 PM

                                                                      Basically, that is my point of view (with the exception of your last sentence). That may not have been clear from any of my posts. My original questions were why are things rejected because of how it looks, and why yuck someone else's yum. I 'm trying to understand that someone would enjoy doing the last part (yuck/yum), but I guess some people do.

                                                                      1. re: alwayshungrygal
                                                                        hotoynoodle Jun 20, 2013 05:45 PM

                                                                        i am a gracious and happy guest. i love being entertained! would never ever criticize anything i am served.

                                                                        let me put it like this:

                                                                        having worked in restaurants most of my life, there are certain types of people who will eat off unfinished plates that go back in the kitchen headed for the trash. i would NEVER. that's how i feel about eating dips at parties. yuk. how many unwashed hands in that bowl? how many double dips?

                                                                        ok, so, yeah, my issue about hygiene. i get it.

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                                                                          pikawicca Jun 20, 2013 05:53 PM

                                                                          A few years ago, I was at a cocktail party where a nice assortment of cheeses was laid out. I observed a guest slicing some Brie, putting it on his plate, licking the knife, and putting the knife back on the cheese board. I no longer consume food served like this.

                                                                          1. re: pikawicca
                                                                            alwayshungrygal Jun 20, 2013 09:26 PM

                                                                            Anything on a buffet is suspect to bad handling, for lack of a way to put it. I've seen people ignore the serving utensils put out for use, touch things with their bare hands and change their minds. I took a cooking class in college once, and the entire class was women except for one lone guy. I saw him use a spoon to stir a pot, taste the dish and put it back in the pot. Manners have to be taught, and if it isn't, then what you don't know, you don't know, until you are exposed to better manners and chose to improve your own. I know this subject (manners/etiquette) has been discussed elsewhere on the CH boards again and again.

                                                                            Then there are the restaurants that receive poor grades from the health inspector for reasons from rodent droppings, to dishwasher water not hot enough, etc etc. So unless you want to eat all your meals at home (that you prepare yourself), then you take a chance the minute you step outside your door.

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                                                                            Gastronomos Jun 20, 2013 06:03 PM


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                                                                              alwayshungrygal Jun 20, 2013 09:28 PM

                                                                              Doesn't surprise me a bit. Some places have such a thin profit margin they'll do anything to get ahead.

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                                                                                Gastronomos Jun 21, 2013 05:48 AM

                                                                                those Mercedes and mansions speak another truth...

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                                                                                  alwayshungrygal Jun 21, 2013 09:00 AM

                                                                                  I wouldn't be surprised by that either.

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                                                          sisterfunkhaus Jun 16, 2013 12:56 PM

                                                          I've seen this di made in small clear cups so each person gets an individual serving and don't end up ruining a whole pan of dip.

                                                          1. MGZ Jun 14, 2013 06:22 AM

                                                            Alright, natewrites, I'm gonna give you credit for creatin' one of the funniest threads ever on this site. I just read through all of it again tryin' to find the right place to respond and found myself laughin' more than a few times. It's brilliant the way the discourse developed. So what if the non food geeks in the world don't understand? Sometimes, geeks are right. Ask Gates.

                                                            If you have a chance, over the weekend pour yourself a glass of your DOC, and reread this thread with an eye to the humor in so many places. This "conversation" would of made for an out of this world dinner party - even if we had to eat all the things mentioned in it!

                                                            Oh, and to stay on topic, though it's not a dish, I'd like to submit any premade cocktails in a bottle. Skinny Girl Margaritas, in particular, are a crime against tequila. Bleck!

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                                                            1. re: MGZ
                                                              John E. Jun 14, 2013 08:39 AM

                                                              I would rather drink a bottle of beer that had been sitting in the sun for a month rather take another drink of Skinny Girl Margarita.

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                                                                MGZ Jun 14, 2013 08:41 AM

                                                                Exactly. I'd even rather climb the twelve steps.

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                                                                  Firegoat Jun 14, 2013 08:54 AM

                                                                  Totally agree with you. I bought it once. Once. I apparently slipped into a fugue state while at the liquor store and thought the bottle looked kind of interesting. When I came to my senses I took it and some beer to the BFs house where he was grilling steaks. Took one sip of a drink. It went into his fridge never to come out again. I assume he's thrown it away by now. Or is using it to poison rats. Or kill weeds. Or clean his toilet.

                                                                2. re: MGZ
                                                                  juliejulez Jun 14, 2013 10:27 AM

                                                                  I tried one of those Bud Light Lime A Rita's at a music festival last year. Never again, horrible. There were tons of people drinking them all weekend long too... I didn't get it. My only guess is they were already drunk when they started drinking them, and the can was larger than the can of Bud Light Lime, for the same price.

                                                                  1. re: juliejulez
                                                                    suzigirl Jun 14, 2013 10:31 AM

                                                                    It probably helped that they are 8% alcohol

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                                                                      Firegoat Jun 14, 2013 10:35 AM

                                                                      But nothing can compare to the horribly vile, disgusting, Budweiser manufactured.... Clamato.

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                                                                        suzigirl Jun 14, 2013 10:47 AM

                                                                        The strawberita is right up there

                                                                    2. re: juliejulez
                                                                      JerryMe Jul 25, 2013 01:57 PM

                                                                      Bud Light's refreshing with a squeeze of fresh lime in it when it's 110+ outside. It's my preference in the summer when I want a beer. I've had the LIme-A-Rita's before and they totally kicked my butt - as in, I'm done with one.

                                                                      The Clamato and Strawberry-Rita are / were too horrible to get past the first sip, as mentioned below.

                                                                    3. re: MGZ
                                                                      JMF Jun 14, 2013 02:24 PM

                                                                      RTD's (Ready To Drink) cocktails are a crime against nature! (and probably lead to STD's too.)

                                                                      1. re: JMF
                                                                        Firegoat Jun 14, 2013 02:38 PM

                                                                        I lost a bet and was required to drink a Clamato thing in a can. A good friend joined me and we photographed our journey... including opening the can and offering it to my horses (they said no) the dogs (they said hell no) the cat (no no no) I upchucked the first swallow. I don't think she managed to get one down.

                                                                        1. re: Firegoat
                                                                          JMF Jun 14, 2013 05:16 PM

                                                                          Have you ever tried plain Clamato juice?

                                                                          1. re: JMF
                                                                            John E. Jun 14, 2013 05:59 PM

                                                                            Years ago I saw Beefamato juice for sale, but I did not buy any.

                                                                            1. re: John E.
                                                                              Dirtywextraolives Jun 14, 2013 11:10 PM

                                                                              Oh, Lord help us all.........

                                                                    4. JMF Jun 11, 2013 07:46 PM

                                                                      Sooooo... at my nieces graduation party last weekend my sis rented out a nice place with several rooms and someone to prepare food and set up the buffet, and clear plates. Her menu was Pace salsa and chips, Supermarket frozen mini tacos and tostitos, supermarket frozen chicken wings (the best thing all night), some nasty warm artichoke cheese dip she made, supermarket platter of raw veggies, you know in the black plastic segmented tray with crappy ranch dressing, supermarket pepperoni and cheese platter in the afore mentioned black plastic tray, supermarket frozen pigs in a blanket (Gack, give me some real ones and I'm OK), and some local pizza place made 1/2 trays of really lousy Chicken Parmigiano, Eggplant Parmigiano, sausage and peppers, and salad. Which was all crap!

                                                                      As for booze and beverages, one bottle of each cheap merlot, shiraz, and chardonay, and a 1/2 gallon of bottled water, and a 2 liter container each of Pepsi, Sprite, and Arizona ice tea... for 50 people. Wow... rent a nice place and the food was soooo crappy! I told her a long time ago I would cook for any of her parties... but...?

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                                                                      1. re: JMF
                                                                        hotoynoodle Jun 11, 2013 08:12 PM

                                                                        perspective is a biyatch, eh?

                                                                        was at a party recently that served only supermarket sandwiches in those black trays and "barefoot" brand wines. i had eaten before, since i go low-carb and as this was a lady-party, i expected a carb-heavy menu.

                                                                        since it was afternoon, i was ok making spritzers.

                                                                        nice day, anyhoo.

                                                                        certain occasions, the food ain't the focus.

                                                                        1. re: hotoynoodle
                                                                          MGZ Jun 12, 2013 05:41 AM

                                                                          "[C]ertain occasions, the food ain't the focus."


                                                                          1. re: MGZ
                                                                            JMF Jun 12, 2013 07:45 AM

                                                                            I agree, food should always be a focus at any occasion that serves food. And when family is getting together for a celebration it should be the second most important thing.

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                                                                              Firegoat Jun 12, 2013 07:55 AM

                                                                              Hoping that is sarcasm, but if not I have a true life story that plays to this. Mother's Day this year my sister (who is older and infinitely more wealthy than I) wanted me to arrange for dinner with my mom and dad and elderly grandmother (90s) for mother's day in the town where I lived (convenient location for all.) We discussed restaurants and she was obsessed with a locally owned japanese steak house that just opened a new location. I was fine with that. Love the place. Called mom, she was not excited about location. Called Grandma, she was not only not excited about the place but had plans as well with some other children who would probably come and do this plan and didn't think they would like Japanese. So..... after calling both aunts, some uncles, talking to some cousins, and eventually discovering I would be seating 17-18 people for Mother's Day, I changed restaurants. A locally owned Italian place with a huge variety of food and a large room for large parties. After hours on the phone and email I advised my sister that X amount of people were coming, and I changed reservations to the Italian place (which is very lovely and authentic... not Olive Garden) instead of the Japanese place because they couldn't accommodate our party around a grill and many more people favored the Italian idea. Her response was to get mad, and say that She was NOT COMING. Apparently in all my hours of work to make the MOTHERS happy, particularly my grandmother, I forgot that she was in control. WTF? So I went ahead as planned. Didn't hear from her again if she was coming or not, I didn't care. IF the choice of food venue was so important that she would miss mother's day with her 95 year old grandmother I didn't give a rat's ass. Mother's Day came, everyone showed up, including my sister (no apologies of course). And everyone enjoyed the restaurant and enjoyed time with our grandmother.

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                                                                                MGZ Jun 12, 2013 08:14 AM

                                                                                You realize, of course, that days like that are why God created tequila on the eleventh day?

                                                                                1. re: MGZ
                                                                                  chowser Jun 12, 2013 09:57 AM

                                                                                  Hmm, I would have thought that came just before he created man.

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                                                                                    MGZ Jun 12, 2013 10:00 AM

                                                                                    It was man that led him to create the recipe. Didn't need it before then . . . .

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                                                                                      KaimukiMan Jun 13, 2013 05:13 PM

                                                                                      which came first the man or the tequila. one of lifes great mysteries.

                                                                                      1. re: KaimukiMan
                                                                                        chowser Jun 13, 2013 06:10 PM

                                                                                        Moreso than chicken and egg. Although tequila might explain Cain and Abel....

                                                                            2. re: MGZ
                                                                              hotoynoodle Jun 12, 2013 01:04 PM

                                                                              at my house food is certainly the focus, but not everybody feels the same way. or they wouldn't be serving supermarket sandwiches that were probably made the day before.

                                                                              or jellied meatballs!

                                                                              1. re: hotoynoodle
                                                                                MGZ Jun 12, 2013 01:20 PM

                                                                                Hat's off, hotoy, well put.

                                                                                I just got invited to my cousin's daughter's graduation party about ten minutes ago.

                                                                                "Of course we can come. Is there anything I can bring?"

                                                                                "Well, I know you're a really great cook, maybe you could figure out how to make those grape jelly meatballs? But, maybe make 'em good. You know like a gourmet version, or something?"

                                                                                "Um, I'm willin' to try."

                                                                                "We'll have tequila."

                                                                                1. re: MGZ
                                                                                  hotoynoodle Jun 12, 2013 01:25 PM

                                                                                  lmoa. please tell me you are making this up?

                                                                                  do i live in some strange magical land that doesn't allow these legendary sweetened gloppy balls?

                                                                                  will take my unicorn out for a stroll and ponder the speshulness of my existence.

                                                                                  1. re: hotoynoodle
                                                                                    MGZ Jun 12, 2013 01:50 PM

                                                                                    Nope, she asked. I thought of this thread immediately. I may go with a pork, lamb, beef combo and use sugar and grapes to make it work. Tarragon too. Oh, and I agreed to help on the grill - as usual. . . .

                                                                                    Way I see it, why not figure out a way to take the concept and make it worth eatin'.

                                                                                    1. re: MGZ
                                                                                      alliegator Jun 12, 2013 02:31 PM

                                                                                      My hat's off to you for trying to work with it. Good luck and please report back :)

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                                                                                        FriedClamFanatic Jun 12, 2013 03:54 PM

                                                                                        PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!......bring a Jello-mold salad to go along with it. You'll be a hit!

                                                                                        OMG.........and if you have one of those bundt pan still round molds, you can heap the meatballs in the center!

                                                                                        1. re: FriedClamFanatic
                                                                                          MGZ Jun 14, 2013 06:00 AM

                                                                                          So, I got a call last night . . . .

                                                                                          "Matt, um, my neighbor is coming and offered to make her 'awesome meatballs'. So, you don't have to make them . . . And, don't worry, you dont have to eat them either. But, um, I was thinking maybe we could add some chicken wings to the menu? You know those one's you made that time at Fourth of July???"

                                                                                          Now, I have no idea what the hell she's talkin' about. I make wings the way you would play a gutar solo. There's no script, just certain fundamental parameters.

                                                                                          Nevertheless, I answer, "Of course. How hot do you think we should make 'em? Scale of one to ten?"

                                                                                          "Well, I know I'm a pain, but can we have some twos and fives and you can make some tens for yourself and Mrs. Z and we'll see what happens when anybody else tries those?"

                                                                                          "That sounds like a plan. But, that last batch might be more of an eleven?"

                                                                                          "Great. And, by the way I bought the BEST tequila!"

                                                                                          "You're great. I appreciate it. Think about if you want me to bring a jello mold too?"

                                                                                          1. re: MGZ
                                                                                            MGZ Jun 14, 2013 07:24 AM

                                                                                            I should add that I have my Grandmother's old recipe for peach jello mold which, I believe involves sour cream and canned peaches. I also have her copper, fish shaped mold. Nothin' more fun than eatin' canned peaches, dairy, and jello shaped like a fish!

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                                                                                              alliegator Jun 14, 2013 08:37 AM

                                                                                              Very eeenteresting.... haha!

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                                                                                                MGZ Jun 16, 2013 07:45 AM

                                                                                                Just gotta text, "Could you really make Gammy's Mold"?

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                                                                                                  hotoynoodle Jun 16, 2013 12:52 PM

                                                                                                  there are professional services that rid homes of mold, so am sure they would take care of gammy's for you.

                                                                            3. re: JMF
                                                                              John E. Jun 11, 2013 08:37 PM

                                                                              Renting a space for a party of 50 seems a bit much as well, unless the alternative is a two bedroom apartment.

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                                                                                sandylc Jun 11, 2013 08:49 PM

                                                                                Seems like it would be better to spend the rent money on nicer food/beverages. But it is so easy to judge, so I'll stop here.

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                                                                                  John E. Jun 11, 2013 09:02 PM

                                                                                  Yea, I was thinking the same thing when I wrote that. Back in my apartment living days there was a room in the complex available for next to nothing. But you're right, not everyone has a house or yard suitable for a graduation party. I've noticed grads combining their parties with their friends in recent years.

                                                                                  1. re: John E.
                                                                                    JMF Jun 12, 2013 08:01 AM

                                                                                    As I mentioned below, they have a large yard and house, and the family are food lovers. Looking back on the day, it seemed like it was just an excuse to get presents for my niece, with the least fuss and expense entailed. Everyone gave her at least $100, and many $300-500. I heard she got well over $5k. For my graduation from HS I got a keg of beer from my dad, and some friends came over to drink it. No presents from anyone. Times have changed.

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                                                                                      juliejulez Jun 12, 2013 10:55 AM

                                                                                      I got luggage. :-P

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                                                                                        John E. Jun 12, 2013 11:40 AM

                                                                                        Me too, plus the party.

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                                                                                          alliegator Jun 12, 2013 12:02 PM

                                                                                          Haha, I think our families went to the same school of parenting.
                                                                                          I got nothing. What I would have received had I failed to graduate for some odd reason is a repeated arse kicking and the new status of "homeless".
                                                                                          Actually, though, I digress. My grandparents gave me a nice pair of diamond stud earrings that I wear to this day.
                                                                                          What I ate? I think I took my little brother out for a slice of pizza.

                                                                                          1. re: alliegator
                                                                                            juliejulez Jun 14, 2013 10:24 AM

                                                                                            That's exactly why I didn't get a party... just a tri tip dinner at home w/ the family that came for the graduation (my aunt and uncle and of course my parents and brother). My mom said "graduating high school is not meant to be celebrated, it's expected".

                                                                                            The luggage was nice though, I still use the carry on piece.

                                                                                        2. re: JMF
                                                                                          John E. Jun 12, 2013 11:43 AM

                                                                                          I think I got about $125 total in all the cards. I too got a keg of beer, but that was for the party. Only grads and older were allowed to imbibe.I remember getting crap like a shoehorn with an attached shoe brush (WTF?).

                                                                                          1. re: John E.
                                                                                            sandylc Jun 12, 2013 11:52 AM

                                                                                            I think my kid got around $2 K six years ago. Plus family gifts.

                                                                                            1. re: sandylc
                                                                                              John E. Jun 12, 2013 12:16 PM

                                                                                              I never did find out how much my nephew got, maybe my dad knows. I'm smart enough not to ask my brother.

                                                                                              I didn't want to complain too much about my own party all those years ago. My dad roasted a 200 lb. hog. The only reason my party got so big is because we had an exchange student with us that year so it was really 'our' party. The funny thing is, he became a closer friend in the years after we were in school togerher. It was a good excuse to go to Europe a few years ago.

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                                                                                              MGZ Jun 12, 2013 12:20 PM

                                                                                              For my graduation from HS, I got a case a beer from Dad (Molson Canadian) and a hundred bucks from Mom - she also let me, my buddies, and our girls drink the beer at her house the next night. Needless to say, some of her Franklin went to more beer, and pizza later in the night.

                                                                                              But, in my adolescent stupidity, I was kinda feelin' wronged. I mean, I had friends who got cars . . . and their parents were still goin' to have to pay for them to go to school.

                                                                                              So, a few weeks later, I'm holed up in a concrete dorm room. Up every mornin' at Five. Three-a-Days in the Pennsylvania heat for a week at this point.

                                                                                              I get my first ever letter at College. It's from my Grandmother. I hadn't seen her since well before I left for camp. There's a check for three grand in it, and a note, "Don't tell your Father."

                                                                                              1. re: MGZ
                                                                                                John E. Jun 12, 2013 12:29 PM

                                                                                                Holy Crap. You could have bought a car with that kind of cash.

                                                                                                I never knew anyone who got a car for graduating. My parents were good to me. My grandmothers didn't have much money and my brothers and I paid for our own college education (which to be fair included living at home the first two years.)

                                                                                                Back to the food...that hog was the first of dozens that my dad roasted over the years. The concrete block oven is now at our hunting property in northern Minnesota just waiting for us to reassemble it.

                                                                                            3. re: JMF
                                                                                              JMF Jun 13, 2013 08:41 AM

                                                                                              I have been thinking back about that graduation party of mine. I was hanging out with a buddy I have known since 5th grade last night as he is a Lt. Colonel in the Army and in the process of retiring and he sparked my fuzzy memory and it all came back.

                                                                                              It's a longish story. It was June 1980 and I had been kicked out of school two weeks prior because I got in a fight with the principal. I could have graduated a year earlier but didn't. I was too young. I graduated at 17 as it was. I took two college courses at my high school during my senior year (World Literature and Psychology) and taught two courses in Air Force JROTC; Air & Space History, and Aeronautics as well. I had a job catering small dinner parties as a private chef to Park Avenue folks on weekends.

                                                                                              When I wasn't in my Air Force uniform, or dressed up for work, I was in a torn rock band t-shirt and ripped up cut off jeans and always had a frisbee and skateboard in hand. I had short hair because of the ROTC, but everything else about me was a heavy metal rocker.

                                                                                              The principal didn't agree with my choice of clothes when I showed up to graduation ceremony practice looking like the stoner I was, while everyone else was in suits and dresses. I didn't even find out about the practice until a few minutes before since I was out of touch with what the rest of the high school was doing. So the principal got rude with me, I got rude back, he swung at me and missed. I didn't. He couldn't keep me from graduating but forbid me from attending prom and graduation ceremony. I didn't care. I wasn't going to the prom, and was already going to be at training for my summer job as a gymnastics coach for a summer camp.

                                                                                              So the day of the prom is when I threw my party. I got my ear pierced that day. One of the first guys my age to get their ear pierced. At the party one group of friends worked at a Burger King and they grabbed cases of frozen whoppers and buns, and all the condiments, which went out through the back door. Did you know that their burgers shrink like crazy when cooked on their conveyor belt flame broiler, but when cooked on a grill they don't shrink and come out very juicy. We drank that keg of beer, ate tons of burgers, got in a frozen whopper fight slinging them at each other like deadly frisbees, then someone started causing problems and a machete came out. Two trees in front of my folks house still have scars, but at least no kids did. Dozens of kids heard about my situation and the party and got refunds for their prom tickets and showed up. It became loud, then raucous, with great music cranked up. Nowadays the neighbors would have called the cops, but all the neighbors back then were folks who had their teens or 20's during the 60's so a good party was appreciated. It ended up spilling out into several neighbors yards as well, then the street. It was a very private dead end street with no traffic except those who lived there and is was a blast.

                                                                                              I didn't get any graduation present per se, but a few weeks later when I was fired from the coach job at the camp (you can probably figure out the multiple reasons why that happened, basically due to girls, booze, etc.) my folks gave me their old car when they bought a new one. Now their old car was a bit worn around the edges. My father had been driving it for many years, and before that it had been a police undercover car. But that was ok, I worked it up nicely with some high performance parts and painted it a glossy jet black with fire engine red racing stripes and a cranking stereo and speakers with one of those new cassette players in addition to the 8 track tape. It was a 1969 Dodge Coronet Deluxe with a 383 motor. (The same body design as the Plymouth Roadrunner)

                                                                                              That summer I got another food related job for a few months during a heat wave. I drove an Good Humor ice cream truck. I played music over the loud speaker to let kids know I was coming. The music was a song from Van Halen's debut albumn... Ice Cream Man.

                                                                                              1. re: JMF
                                                                                                MGZ Jun 13, 2013 09:03 AM

                                                                                                An exceptional anecdote, my friend. A stellar car as well. Oh, and girls and booze have caused me a problem or two before tool. But, when you think about it, aren't those the best sources of trouble?

                                                                                                1. re: JMF
                                                                                                  Firegoat Jun 13, 2013 11:43 AM

                                                                                                  Wow! I also got a Dodge Coronet 440 from my folks when I went to college! I wish I still had that car

                                                                                        3. re: JMF
                                                                                          MGZ Jun 12, 2013 05:39 AM

                                                                                          I told you there was a bottle of tequila in the truck . . . .

                                                                                          1. re: MGZ
                                                                                            JMF Jun 12, 2013 07:51 AM

                                                                                            MGZ, since I am currently working with several restaurants on their beverage progams, training bartenders and creating house cocktails, syrups, etc. my truck usually has 2-3 cases of all kinds of booze. Both spirits and liqueurs. And I have a full bar kit with enough tools and shakers to for a party of 50. So I actually brought a few folks out to the truck and made custom cocktails to order. I blew a few folks minds when I served them vodka and gin based drinks, that were perfectly clear, using orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit juice that I clarified and ran through my laboratory grade centrifuge to remove all the solids.

                                                                                            1. re: JMF
                                                                                              MGZ Jun 12, 2013 08:01 AM

                                                                                              I'm gonna e-mail you my addrerss. Can you be there by Happy Hour?

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                                                                                                JerryMe Jul 25, 2013 01:27 PM

                                                                                                Ha Ha Ha - That is AWESOME! Will it be like the ice cream truck that comes through the neighborhood? What will the theme song be?

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                                                                                                  linguafood Jul 25, 2013 03:13 PM

                                                                                                  Wild guess here....


                                                                                          2. re: JMF
                                                                                            chowser Jun 12, 2013 05:56 AM

                                                                                            I think it depends on the crowd. CHers have tor realize that we're not necessarily the norm. I've gone all out for my in laws, made pasta from scratch, ragu that took hours, etc. but they prefer what they've grown up w/ (well, MIL and FIL are excellent cooks but don't make American-western food). I stopped fighting the trend. Why do things they don't like when it takes so much time and effort when I can make it easy and make what they enjoy? Some people prefer to spend their money on atmosphere and don't care about the food. Maybe in that crowd, you're the odd man/woman out?

                                                                                            My son just went to the prom. They picked a really bad restaurant that was in a nice area and was pretty for pictures. Sure he could have suggested a better place that didn't overlook the harbor but it's not what they wanted. Sometimes you go w/ the flow.

                                                                                            1. re: chowser
                                                                                              JMF Jun 12, 2013 07:55 AM

                                                                                              The thing is that this is a very large family of Italians who do care about the food. This event could have been held at my sis's home, they have a huge backyard and a nice sized house. They have had parties for 150 people no problem.

                                                                                              It was a very weird scene that day I mentioned above. I didn't understand why they rented a place, and then served what they did. (I found out later they got it for free and just had to pay for the person serving and bussing.)

                                                                                              1. re: JMF
                                                                                                chowser Jun 12, 2013 09:52 AM

                                                                                                Graduation time is exhausting, as I'm finding out going through it this year. Between prom, end of year activities, recitals, etc., everyone is trying to make the "last" time they do these things special, plus juggling other kids and regular life and summer plans. We're having my son's graduation at a restaurant, even though my initial plan was to do it at home. I just can't get the energy up to clean, prep, etc. at home. We just had his birthday party here--husband's family only and it was close to 30 people. Tiring and I feel like the servant, cooking, cleaning, refreshing, etc. If I had a free place to hold it, I would grab it in a second. I guess it's easy to second guess why people do things but until you walk a mile, etc., you don't know why.

                                                                                                1. re: chowser
                                                                                                  John E. Jun 12, 2013 11:48 AM

                                                                                                  I understand what you mean. My brother and SIL just had a graduation party for their son and about 200 showed up including probably 50 teens. My brother smoked about a dozen pork shoulders and filled his freezer with pulled pork. My SIL took the week off from work to get everything done.

                                                                                                  1. re: chowser
                                                                                                    sandylc Jun 12, 2013 11:53 AM

                                                                                                    I remember those times (six years ago). We gardened, painted, cooked, etc. And had to go to other parties in the meantime. Good times, but exhausting.

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                                                                                              INDIANRIVERFL Jun 11, 2013 02:25 PM

                                                                                              Mom made this in the south suburbs of Chicago so this is pre 1965.
                                                                                              1 lb kosher all beef hot dogs
                                                                                              1 can pineapple rings
                                                                                              oil of cinnamon or cloves
                                                                                              1 10 or 12 oz jar red currants
                                                                                              1/2 of currant jar of BBQ sauce
                                                                                              corn starch

                                                                                              Marinade pineapple rings in oil of cloves (my favorite) and pineapple syrup from can to cover for at least 24 hours.

                                                                                              Combine currants and BBQ sauce in chafing dish. Heat through. Cut hot dogs and pineapple rings into 1 inch pieces and add to sauce. After heating through, add 1 tablespoon corn starch mixed in syrup and add to sauce to thicken. Serve with frilly toothpicks.

                                                                                              Special note. The only BBQ sauce on the grocery shelf was Hunts or Kraft. And they didn't say original as the proliferation of flavors had yet to arrive.

                                                                                              Got this from the 3X5 card mom filled out for me of the family recipes. There are over 100.

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                                                                                                laliz Jun 11, 2013 09:57 AM

                                                                                                I remember my aunt made the grape jelly/chili sauce meatballs for my daughter's baptism party ~~ 32 years ago. The first time I had ever had them, but have served them many times since then ~~ to great acclaim I might add. I'll think twice before I ever make them again, however.

                                                                                                I love to put two cream cheese blocks, one with jalapeno jello on it and the other with red pepper jelly on it at a Christmas buffet. I like the vibrant colors and how it tastes on crackers. Always goes over very well.

                                                                                                I have had the shrimp/cream cheese/tomato soup mold thingie and thought it was TDF. Granted, that was many years ago. Sorry to see it is now officially on the icky list.

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                                                                                                1. re: laliz
                                                                                                  Firegoat Jun 11, 2013 10:05 AM

                                                                                                  I will never think twice about the grape jelly/chili sauce meatballs or cocktail weinies. Say what you want.... Those are always the first thing to go. Now this would be an awesome Top Chef or Masterchef challenge.... how to glam up the very simple jelly/chili sauce meatball recipe.

                                                                                                  1. re: Firegoat
                                                                                                    chowser Jun 11, 2013 10:09 AM

                                                                                                    I think it would be easy to glam up the meatball dish. Like this:



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                                                                                                      Firegoat Jun 11, 2013 10:11 AM

                                                                                                      well yeah... got me there. But how about having Welch's grape jelly as a sponsor and requiring that as an ingredient.

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                                                                                                        KaimukiMan Jun 11, 2013 07:28 PM

                                                                                                        shucks, I was just going to say I've seen it done with guava jelly once (in Honolulu) and apricot jam another time (in LA) when it wasn't half bad. Not nearly as sweet, and a bit of a tang. But if you are going to insist on the Welch's then I'm stuck.

                                                                                                        1. re: KaimukiMan
                                                                                                          Firegoat Jun 12, 2013 05:45 AM

                                                                                                          Okay that sounds pretty tasty. Perhaps I was a bit harsh. My parents are having their 50th wedding anniversary this August and I have been put in charge of the arrangements such as they are in a small town of 2500 people. We are catering in barbecue from a local place that is well liked, but also doing some easy finger food/appetizers. The first thing mentioned that they would like... that meatball thingy with sauce. I talked to my friend who has "catered" a couple of events in that town and she swears by Sam's Club frozen appetizers but also told me I MUST do the meatballs.

                                                                                                2. KaimukiMan Jun 10, 2013 04:05 PM

                                                                                                  not sure if this belongs in ickky party dishes or cringeworthy food by people who think they are good cooks. This could loosely be considered a pasta salad I suppose.

                                                                                                  Instant noodle salad:

                                                                                                  6 packages of instant ramen noodles
                                                                                                  1 can spam, diced (or substitute hot dogs or bologna)
                                                                                                  1 bag chopped frozen onion
                                                                                                  1 bag mixed frozen vegetables
                                                                                                  1/2 jar mayonnaise

                                                                                                  cook noodles with spam and onion
                                                                                                  drain and mix in half the 'flavor packets'
                                                                                                  add mixed frozen vegetables and mayonnaise
                                                                                                  allow to sit 15-20 minutes for noodles to cool and veg to thaw.

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                                                                                                    sandylc Jun 10, 2013 05:01 PM

                                                                                                    Oh, my.

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                                                                                                      debbiel Jun 10, 2013 05:08 PM

                                                                                                      Oh dear god.

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                                                                                                        alliegator Jun 10, 2013 05:50 PM

                                                                                                        Who? Wha...? Huh?

                                                                                                        1. re: KaimukiMan
                                                                                                          Dirtywextraolives Jun 10, 2013 08:04 PM


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                                                                                                            ohmyyum Jun 10, 2013 08:21 PM

                                                                                                            This must be a joke.

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                                                                                                              sandylc Jun 10, 2013 08:29 PM

                                                                                                              It isn't funny. It's scary.

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                                                                                                                Sparkina Jun 16, 2013 01:00 PM

                                                                                                                I almost threw up all over my keyboard. And my face is an interesting shade of GREEN

                                                                                                            2. re: KaimukiMan
                                                                                                              Firegoat Jun 11, 2013 05:21 AM

                                                                                                              Ding ding ding... we may have a winner. That sounds repulsive.

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                                                                                                                chileheadmike Jun 11, 2013 05:31 AM

                                                                                                                Needs jello.

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                                                                                                                  Firegoat Jun 11, 2013 05:36 AM

                                                                                                                  I can't believe they used 1/2 a jar of mayo.....
                                                                                                                  Clearly this recipe calls for Miracle Whip.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Firegoat
                                                                                                                    KaimukiMan Jun 11, 2013 07:02 AM

                                                                                                                    Its a Hawaii thing Firegoat, along with the spam. Gotta be mayo, gotta be Best foods, gotta be way too much.

                                                                                                                    And to chilieheadmike - yeah, the jello would have really pushed it over the edge. There's nothing like the combination of green jello and mayonnaise, unless it's red jello and mayonnaise. LOL

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                                                                                                                      Tripeler Jun 11, 2013 07:30 AM

                                                                                                                      I'm surprised you didn't respond to those comments with a simple "Why, boddah you?"

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                                                                                                                        KaimukiMan Jun 11, 2013 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                        wot brah, get problem?

                                                                                                                      2. re: KaimukiMan
                                                                                                                        alliegator Jun 11, 2013 02:39 PM

                                                                                                                        Wow, I just got back from Hawaii, and I'm so happy this dish was at no point foist upon me!
                                                                                                                        I'd have run screaming into the ocean, had a little swim back to the mainland, and hiked home through the cactus strewn desert to avoid that slop.

                                                                                                                  2. re: KaimukiMan
                                                                                                                    tcamp Jun 11, 2013 08:40 AM

                                                                                                                    My thoughts, in random order:

                                                                                                                    a) I've never seen a "bag of chopped frozen onion"
                                                                                                                    b) It sounds a bit bland
                                                                                                                    c) I'd probably try it once

                                                                                                                    1. re: tcamp
                                                                                                                      laliz Jun 11, 2013 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                      frozen chopped onion and frozen chopped bell pepper in the freezer case of most grocery stores

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                                                                                                                        alwayshungrygal Jun 11, 2013 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                        "in the freezer case of most grocery stores"

                                                                                                                        and many food service kitchens. Saves time and labor expense, gives uniformity to the end product.

                                                                                                                      2. re: tcamp
                                                                                                                        KaimukiMan Jun 11, 2013 07:22 PM

                                                                                                                        I've only seen it before this dish because an aunt has terrible arthritis that keeps her from chopping vegetables. They have been a real godsend to her. I'm not gonna tell her about this "salad." LOL

                                                                                                                      3. re: KaimukiMan
                                                                                                                        EM23 Jun 11, 2013 08:51 AM

                                                                                                                        This sounds like the creation of some really stoned and hungry young adults.

                                                                                                                      4. hotoynoodle Jun 8, 2013 07:11 PM

                                                                                                                        there is a thread today asking for appetizer suggestions for a bbq and out of 30 replies, 3-4 have suggested those grape jelly meatballs, lol.

                                                                                                                        who knew?

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                                                                                                                          weezieduzzit Jun 8, 2013 07:26 PM

                                                                                                                          I've never had them, they're have never been any left when I've been somewhere they've been served. A lot of people LOVE them.

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                                                                                                                            hotoynoodle Jun 8, 2013 07:58 PM

                                                                                                                            i seriously do not think i have ever seen them. i hate sweet with meat so wouldn't touch them anyway.

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                                                                                                                          needcoffee Jun 4, 2013 08:34 PM

                                                                                                                          Cheese balls. I don't have anything against them really, but they look gross pretty quickly. I've seen too many that people dip crackers, chips, or whatever else into leaving crumbs and broken pieces behind.

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                                                                                                                            Lizzard913 Jun 4, 2013 06:51 PM

                                                                                                                            I do not like those massive veggie trays that people get in the supermarket. There is usually an assortment of old, dried up veggies and bad ranch dressing. Also, any mayo based salads (potato, cole slaw, macaroni etc.) that are left out for a long time are gross to me. Unless they are kept on ice or in a cooler they just become a warm, congealed mass of food.

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                                                                                                                              MaisieM Jun 4, 2013 06:39 PM

                                                                                                                              It's funny...but I'm fine with just about anything - as long as the host/hostess doesn't seem to think they've done something "fancy" when they haven't.

                                                                                                                              Spinach dip in a bread bowl...as long as the dip tastes decent and they don't act like they've created something amazingly decadent...sure.

                                                                                                                              Velveeta and rotel? As long as they say..."I know, its awful, but damn is it good!" instead of, "This Spicy Mexican Cheese dip is an old family recipe..."

                                                                                                                              We went to a family function a few months ago where my aunt continually raved about how delicious everything was (it was her party...she provided the food). It was weird enough that she was praising her own food that much...weirder still that she then admitted that all of it was purchased at Sam's Club. Again...I don't think there's any shame in taking the easy way out. The food was fine and the company was great. But the bragging about it was what finally got my husband and I muttering to each other, "It's SAM'S CLUB for christssake!!!"

                                                                                                                              The stereotypical party foods are stereotypes for a reason...they're guilty pleasures, people like them. I have no problem with that and occassionally love digging in to a good buffalo chicken dip or lil' smokie. Just don't pretend that you've perfected your recipe and will be using it for your Top Chef audition next week.

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                                                                                                                                sandylc Jun 5, 2013 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                                Sounds like my Mom. A cooking legend in her own mind!

                                                                                                                                It was years before I realized that she was the one saying what an amazing cook/baker she was; not other people!

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                                                                                                                                  EWSflash Jun 9, 2013 02:50 PM

                                                                                                                                  A relative once mentioned she was "excited about the hot dog buns she'd made herself". Turns out she'd thawed out a couple of rolls of Bridgeford frozen bread and rolled out pieces of them into hot dog bun shapes and baked them according to directions on the bag.

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                                                                                                                                  FriedClamFanatic Jun 4, 2013 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                                  Anything layered.....lasts for 3 attempts......anything grey/green that in the worst case is supposed to be "good for you" .....bleh!

                                                                                                                                  A few dips for fresh veggies can make smile. but most are pretty bleh.

                                                                                                                                  And "hot" items that get cold standing around....another pass.

                                                                                                                                  And.i have catered parties of 50+ where stuffed clams and other only good hot foods had to come out in waves in order to be "good"

                                                                                                                                  Otherwise.stick to cream cheese and something for veggies, A cheese and Fruit plate, and maybe some summer sausage. It goes faster and folks seem to like it

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                                                                                                                                    foodieX2 Jun 2, 2013 06:52 AM

                                                                                                                                    The Party dish I love to hate? Hot Rueben Dip. So disgusting yet oh so good.

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                                                                                                                                      Terrie H. Jun 4, 2013 09:13 AM

                                                                                                                                      My cousin brings this to every single family party - twice a year, big family parties, and for many years. I do not like it at all, but the men in the family scarf it.

                                                                                                                                    2. diablo Jun 1, 2013 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                                      Lukewarm chicken wings. Especially if they weren't cooked crisply to begin with. Blech.

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                                                                                                                                        MGZ Jun 2, 2013 06:13 AM

                                                                                                                                        Good one. Especially, if they came from the supermarket freezer compartment and were microwaved. Blech, indeed!

                                                                                                                                        A bad chicken wing, served improperly, is one of the seven deadly sins of food. It's right up there with well done, prime beef, refrigerated tomatoes, broken Hollandaise, and Arby's.

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                                                                                                                                          JMF Jun 2, 2013 08:36 AM

                                                                                                                                          I agree 100% with all of those. Where's that damn bottle of tequila?

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                                                                                                                                            MGZ Jun 3, 2013 11:34 AM

                                                                                                                                            "Where's that damn bottle of tequila?"

                                                                                                                                            No shit. I'm parched and the crockpot full Hillshire Farms Turkey Kielbalsa and Kraft Barbecue sauce is not what I'm lookin' for.

                                                                                                                                            "Oh, I'm sorry we didn't think anyone liked tequila."


                                                                                                                                            "No, but we have a cooler full of MIller Lite and some Whipped Cream Vodka."

                                                                                                                                            "Awesome . . . .."

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                                                                                                                                              girloftheworld Jun 3, 2013 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                                              see.this is sad... sooo sad.. because even I know how wrong this is...

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                                                                                                                                                MGZ Jun 4, 2013 12:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                "[E]ven I know how wrong this is..."

                                                                                                                                                Clearly you have a bright future in front of you.

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                                                                                                                                                sandylc Jun 3, 2013 04:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                Things like Whipped Cream Vodka are a crime against humanity.

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                                                                                                                                                  EWSflash Jun 9, 2013 02:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I bet Sandra Lee has a bottle or two.

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                                                                                                                                                    sandylc Jun 9, 2013 03:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                    HA! I'm sure!

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                                                                                                                                                      hotoynoodle Jun 9, 2013 06:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                      saw rainbow sorbet vodka at a party recently!!

                                                                                                                                                      those pinnacle people should be drawn and quartered.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: hotoynoodle
                                                                                                                                                        girloftheworld Jun 10, 2013 05:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                        this is what happen when they make my little pony t- shirts in adult sizes

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                                                                                                                                                          hotoynoodle Jun 10, 2013 06:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                          oh, dear. was not at a brony party, just some couple's home in nh! her fave last year, was indeed the whipped cream flavor, lol.

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: sandylc
                                                                                                                                                    Kalivs Jun 17, 2013 12:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Agreed. Even a bottle of svedka is better

                                                                                                                                                  3. re: MGZ
                                                                                                                                                    JMF Jun 4, 2013 06:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                    I asked for the tequila because I knew the chance of a good mezcal was nil...

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                                                                                                                                                      MGZ Jun 4, 2013 07:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                      "Dude, I knew this party was gonna be kinda lame. I've got a bottle of reposado I keep in the truck for emergencies. Besides, I know a place around here that will deliver kick ass Cuban sandwiches . . . ."

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                                                                                                                                                        anythingonce Jun 11, 2013 05:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                        I am a liquor snob - I like bourbon, gin and soda, dry white wines, and craft beers. I do not expect party hosts to cater to my fussiness.

                                                                                                                                                        However, when a friend asked why I was not drinking at a recent bachelorette party, I responded that I did not like the alcohol available.

                                                                                                                                                        Her response "oh my god, then you must try that pinnacle whipped vodka! it is amazing with diet orange soda or cream soda!"

                                                                                                                                                        Love, love, love my friends, but gag.

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                                                                                                                                                          linguafood Jun 11, 2013 08:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                          OMG. That's where the puking starts before even having imbibed.

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                                                                                                                                                            John E. Jun 11, 2013 08:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Have you ever tried Froot Loops vodka?


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                                                                                                                                                              EM23 Jun 13, 2013 01:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I see that they also make a “Dude” flavored vodka. Intrigued, I clicked on the bottle and learned that it is flavored with the “natural, refreshing taste of lemon and lime.” Of course!?! Dude = lemon + lime. Those nutty marketing people!

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                                                                                                                                                                KaimukiMan Jun 13, 2013 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                and here i was wondering how they 'harvested' the "Dude" flavoring. Don't go there, it isn't pretty.

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                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl Jun 14, 2013 08:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  I have dated a few of the lemons but haven't met a lime yet. Lots and lots of lemons out there though

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                                                                                                                                                                    hotoynoodle Jun 15, 2013 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    wouldn't dude-flavor be a mix of white russian and reefer?

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                                                                                                                                                                      KaimukiMan Jun 15, 2013 07:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      and three drops of mennen skin bracer.

                                                                                                                                                                      actually i was thinking of the ancient roman strigil

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: KaimukiMan
                                                                                                                                                                        hotoynoodle Jun 16, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        as long as you don't scrape the rug. that rug really tied the room together, man.

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: anythingonce
                                                                                                                                                                MGZ Jun 12, 2013 05:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Hell, I'm an old school drunk, but I'd start up those twelve steps before havin' one of those.

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                                                                                                                                                                  girloftheworld Jun 12, 2013 09:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  dont drink anymore? but dont dirnk any less huh?

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                                                                                                                                                                    MGZ Jun 13, 2013 06:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Little pup, you're a clever one, and, I know I'm not the only one who likes the sound of your yaps. Thus, I'll give you a coupla pieces of advice. Once you drink more, sometimes you can never drink less - just not drink at all. That's why so many folks climb those steps.

                                                                                                                                                                    And, when you do, don't start with whipped cream vodka and diet orange soda. Promise us?

                                                                                                                                                                    I'm relatively sure that the guy who offers it really isn't "in love" with you. Oh, and, definitely don't let him drive you home, especially if you break your promise to us.

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                                                                                                                                                                      girloftheworld Jun 13, 2013 09:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      I hear you loud and clear! thank you!

                                                                                                                                                                      Always pour my own drink
                                                                                                                                                                      Carry a beer bottle filled with water so people will just leave you alone.
                                                                                                                                                                      always have enough for cab fare
                                                                                                                                                                      you can alway call home
                                                                                                                                                                      and reallllllly what kind of party centers on red solo cups and a keg annnyway

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                                                                                                                                                                        alliegator Jun 13, 2013 11:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        You'll be just fine at every age, gotw. You show better judgement now than I do at 38, hehe...

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                                                                                                                                                                          Kontxesi Jun 13, 2013 11:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          "and reallllllly what kind of party centers on red solo cups and a keg annnyway"

                                                                                                                                                                          Around here? All of them. ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                            juliejulez Jun 14, 2013 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            I was just thinking that... pretty much all parties with my SO and his friends and family have red solo cups and kegs LOL

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                                                                                                                                                                            linguafood Jun 13, 2013 11:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Those are great pointers for.... a 13 yr. old?

                                                                                                                                                                            So how many keggers have you been attending lately?

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                                                                                                                                                                              girloftheworld Jun 13, 2013 12:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              welllll none... but my parents feel it is a little late to close the barn the door after the horse is out.... so I have been hearing about what not to do a little bit at a time from the time I knew what a "grown up drink" was. they have never been a "you are too young to know about that" kind...when I have asked a question; they have always given me as much information as they thought I needed at the time...

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                                                                                                                                                                                EM23 Jun 13, 2013 02:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Actually, those are great pointers. I can't think of a single party that I went to during my high school years that didn't have liquor and drugs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood Jun 13, 2013 02:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, trust me, neither did I. Of course, I knew more about drugs then than my mom ever has or cares to know now.

                                                                                                                                                                                  I had my first glass of champagne at the tender age of 7. Europeans are generally more relaxed when it comes to booze ed for their "little ones".

                                                                                                                                                                                  It just seemed like a really odd comment coming from a 13 yr. old.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Clearly, she is wise beyond her years.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    alliegator Jun 13, 2013 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    So, so true. My Czech grandmother rubbed brandy on my gums while I was teething. Everyone has a system.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      KaimukiMan Jun 13, 2013 05:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Mom used to rub my gums with bourbon. The story goes that one night i grabbed the shot glass out of her hands and drained it. She looked over at dad and said 'that should answer any paternity questions.' I'm told that I slept very soundly that night.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        MGZ Jun 14, 2013 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        My Mom used Scotch. It worked. Even let me have a sip or two. Funny thing is, my Dad hates Scotch.

                                                                                                                                                                                        My folks are divorced and now, K Man, you have created deep questions for me . . . .

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: MGZ
                                                                                                                                                                                          KaimukiMan Jun 15, 2013 12:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          my folks are divorced as well, after 25 years, so I take no responsibility for that.

                                                                                                                                                                                          mom liked scotch, dad was a bourbon drinker, so me liking bourbon . . . well you get it. Send me a bill for an hour with your shrink. I wont pay it, but I'll feel appropriately guilty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            MGZ Jun 15, 2013 02:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Forget the shrink bill. You must join me on a quest to find my real daddy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              PotatoHouse Jun 15, 2013 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Were you conceived at the annual Drunken Barn Dance?

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                                                                                                                                                              Firegoat Jun 2, 2013 08:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                              but but... I wanted to try the Arby's on the Hawaiian Roll.....

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                                                                                                                                                                PotatoHouse Jun 2, 2013 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Just make sure you go to confession afterward.

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                                                                                                                                                                  alliegator Jun 14, 2013 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  I confess. I had it. It's good! Run, don't walk.
                                                                                                                                                                  *waiting to be flamed*

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                                                                                                                                                              Sal Vanilla Jun 1, 2013 04:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                Dirtywextraolives Jun 2, 2013 09:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                You're not alone.....

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                                                                                                                                                                  weezieduzzit Jun 3, 2013 08:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                    TroyTempest Jun 4, 2013 07:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                      viperlush Jun 4, 2013 01:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                        monavano Jun 4, 2013 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        I don't think it's lazy at all! It's quick, easy and tasty. How can that be a bad thing?
                                                                                                                                                                        Why make things harder? I don't have to milk the cow and make the cheese myself. I'm happy to have the work done for me ;-)
                                                                                                                                                                        Same goes for the toppings.
                                                                                                                                                                        Sure, I make some things from scratch, but not all and I'm not to proud to take help where I can get it.
                                                                                                                                                                        No one should hang their head serving a topped cream cheese with crackers (which I don't make either).

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                                                                                                                                                                          MGZ Jun 4, 2013 01:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          "No one should hang their head serving a topped cream cheese with crackers."

                                                                                                                                                                          A block of cold cream cheese, covered with barely thawed, mini shrimp, and a jar of refrigerated cocktail sauce is a misdemeanor in thirty-seven states. One need not hang their head, but they might wanna cover it when they walk past the TV cameras.

                                                                                                                                                                          I'll put it this way. If you're askin' me and my wife to give up our Sunday and drop a hundred and fifty bucks to celebrate that your kid managed to pass the Eighth Grade, and that yuck and a bag of Ruffles with some canned onion dip are your appetizers?

                                                                                                                                                                          "Where's that damn bottle of tequila?"

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                                                                                                                                                                            TroyTempest Jun 4, 2013 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            I'm with you on that. It really depends on the occasion. Was it planned, impromptu, etc
                                                                                                                                                                            I do like the jalapeno jelly with cream cheese on crackers or bagel chips. I'll add, habanero jelly would be great as well.
                                                                                                                                                                            However, those barley thawed, mini shrimp are disgusting in virtually everything i've had them. No, I change that, everything.

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                                                                                                                                                                              foodieX2 Jun 4, 2013 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Agree. It's about the occasion. My friends always ask me to bring my cream cheese wasabi dip. For the casual get together? No problem, but there is no way I would bring that to sit down dinner party or serve it at one my own.

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                                                                                                                                                                                sandylc Jun 5, 2013 01:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                There's a cream cheese block thing with apricot jam and horseradish, also.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  The Professor Jun 5, 2013 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  That one actually sounds pretty good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    sandylc Jun 11, 2013 07:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, and there's some mustard in there somewhere, too. Goes by the name of Hot Jezebel.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    juliejulez Jun 10, 2013 08:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    At a Christmas party I attended, someone brought cream cheese topped with a jalapeno jelly. It was actually quite good on some crackers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      chowser Jun 11, 2013 05:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      That's really good.I have a friend who makes her own jalapeno jelly and I use it on so many different things. On cream cheese and crackers--addicting.

                                                                                                                                                                                  3. re: TroyTempest
                                                                                                                                                                                    Kalivs Jun 17, 2013 12:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Funny, if u swap creme fraiche for the cream cheese it tastes much better

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                                                                                                                                                                              debbiel Jun 15, 2013 08:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Throw a party with pickapeppa on cream cheese, and I will do my absolute best to show up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                sisterfunkhaus Jun 16, 2013 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                I LOVE that. Nothing better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                EWSflash Jun 9, 2013 02:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                No mold used, but I do mix in the crab and add a little bit of herbs and a touch of worcestershire and lemon juice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  sparky403 Jun 15, 2013 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  a couple of years ago at a party a guest brought a block of Creamed cheese with Pick - A - Pepper sauce on it.... it was surprisinly good.

                                                                                                                                                                                  On balance i would agree that it takes no thought etc to serve that but in this case it was quite good

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                                                                                                                                                                                    debbiel Jun 15, 2013 08:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    I was introduced to Pick-A-Peppa sauce over cream cheese with crackers (wheat thins, I think) while in college. The thought of it makes me hungry. Makes me want to run out to the grocery store. So. Damned. Yummy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      planetjess Jun 16, 2013 01:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Could you please describe this Pick-A-Peppa sauce to me? I am now officially reading this thread for ideas, as I seem to like a lot of things that others find disgusting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Firegoat Jun 16, 2013 05:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm glad I wasn't the only one thinking ... hmmm I should try this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          debbiel Jun 16, 2013 07:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          a kind of sweet sauce from Jamaica. I think some people call it a hot sauce, but it isn't particularly hot in my mind. It's a brown sauce. Nice flavor--mangos and raisins and tamarinds and I don't know what else layered in there. Gosh, I haven't had it in ages.


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                                                                                                                                                                                            Firegoat Jun 16, 2013 07:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            I have to try this. I may whip up some frozen meatballs in a crockpot with some grape jelly and ketchup for a side.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                            TroyTempest Jun 17, 2013 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            usually, you can find it in the grocery store close to the steak sauces. (A1, Heinz 57, etc.)

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. monavano Jun 1, 2013 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Bigley9 Sep 16, 2013 01:12 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                      RosePearl Jun 1, 2013 02:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                        ChervilGeorge May 31, 2013 11:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        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
                                                                                                                                                                                          MGZ May 31, 2013 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          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 . . . .

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                                                                                                                                                                                            ChervilGeorge May 31, 2013 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              pikawicca May 31, 2013 02:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                ChervilGeorge May 31, 2013 03:05 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                sandylc May 31, 2013 02:25 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  pikawicca May 31, 2013 03:24 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    sandylc May 31, 2013 03:32 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      girloftheworld May 31, 2013 03:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl May 31, 2013 03:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          ChervilGeorge May 31, 2013 03:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            miss_belle May 31, 2013 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              girloftheworld May 31, 2013 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              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"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                pikawicca May 31, 2013 05:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not in the U.S.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gingershelley Jun 4, 2013 11:50 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    PotatoHouse Jun 4, 2013 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We called it "chicken in a basket".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      foodieX2 Jun 4, 2013 05:45 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl May 31, 2013 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      EWSflash Jun 9, 2013 02:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      eggs in a frame is what DH calls it

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                miss_belle Jun 1, 2013 07:17 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sparky403 Jun 15, 2013 02:55 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            hotoynoodle Jun 1, 2013 06:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh wow, I feel so left out.


                                                                                                                                                                                                            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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              sandylc Jun 1, 2013 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                MGZ Jun 1, 2013 10:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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?"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jay F Jun 1, 2013 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  John E. Jun 11, 2013 10:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Firegoat Jun 11, 2013 10:25 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ItalGreyHound Jun 11, 2013 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        John E. Jun 11, 2013 12:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          debbiel Jun 13, 2013 05:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sisterfunkhaus Jun 16, 2013 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            girloftheworld Jun 17, 2013 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      EWSflash Jun 9, 2013 02:40 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Katie10 May 31, 2013 05:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JMF May 31, 2013 05:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        chowser May 31, 2013 07:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Katie10 May 31, 2013 02:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          chowser May 31, 2013 08:00 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Katie10 May 31, 2013 02:03 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Professor May 31, 2013 03:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Do you not like celery??

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sisterfunkhaus Jun 16, 2013 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            More runny cheese for me!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            medrite May 30, 2013 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tcamp May 30, 2013 11:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ItalGreyHound May 30, 2013 11:27 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  weezieduzzit Jun 3, 2013 08:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sparky403 Jun 4, 2013 04:08 PM

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


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. AmyH May 30, 2013 09:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JMF May 31, 2013 05:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        AmyH May 31, 2013 06:47 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Christina D May 29, 2013 03:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        hyacinthgirl May 30, 2013 07:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Elster May 30, 2013 07:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ItalGreyHound May 30, 2013 08:06 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Elster May 30, 2013 11:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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 :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tcamp May 30, 2013 08:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                laliz May 30, 2013 01:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I agree 100%

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. PattiCakes May 29, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            pine time May 29, 2013 12:54 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              PattiCakes May 29, 2013 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              eLizard May 29, 2013 01:25 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                sandylc May 29, 2013 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sisterfunkhaus Jun 16, 2013 01:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    hotoynoodle Jun 19, 2013 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      chowser Jun 19, 2013 11:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        John E. Jun 20, 2013 05:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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).


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        debbiel Jun 19, 2013 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          foodieX2 Jun 20, 2013 06:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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,

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sandylc Jun 20, 2013 09:24 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Savour Jul 16, 2013 05:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Isolda May 30, 2013 09:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dirtywextraolives May 30, 2013 09:14 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      truman May 29, 2013 11:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        hyacinthgirl May 29, 2013 01:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          hotoynoodle May 29, 2013 02:13 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            AmyH May 30, 2013 08:59 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva May 30, 2013 09:09 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alwayshungrygal May 30, 2013 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              AmyH May 30, 2013 11:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Isolda May 29, 2013 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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. Elster May 29, 2013 01:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kontxesi Jun 4, 2013 09:47 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Firegoat Jun 4, 2013 10:05 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. eLizard May 28, 2013 02:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              any trader joes frozen phyllo whatevers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. NonnieMuss May 28, 2013 12:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DuchessNukem May 28, 2013 03:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    juliejulez May 29, 2013 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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 :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Savour May 29, 2013 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alliegator Jun 13, 2013 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        janmcbaker Jun 13, 2013 09:55 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kontxesi Jun 13, 2013 11:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            NonnieMuss Jun 18, 2013 01:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            raelehman Oct 26, 2013 07:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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)!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            susan1353 May 28, 2013 12:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              jeanmarieok May 28, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ha, that's hilarious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MGZ May 28, 2013 01:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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?"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gfr1111 May 28, 2013 11:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  susan1353 May 28, 2013 12:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fat free + salt free = taste free

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jerzeegirl May 28, 2013 01:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kontxesi Jun 4, 2013 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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. MGZ May 28, 2013 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ItalGreyHound May 28, 2013 12:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        KarenDW May 28, 2013 11:48 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ItalGreyHound May 30, 2013 08:01 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. suzigirl May 28, 2013 10:56 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alliegator May 28, 2013 10:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm with you on that, sista!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          MGZ May 28, 2013 11:02 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            JMF May 28, 2013 11:06 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            justalex May 28, 2013 07:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              PotatoHouse May 29, 2013 04:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gonna have to try that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                justalex May 29, 2013 05:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl May 29, 2013 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Absolutely. More for you my friend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. JMF May 28, 2013 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                alliegator May 28, 2013 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  monavano Jun 1, 2013 10:49 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  globocity May 31, 2013 08:35 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sal Vanilla Jun 1, 2013 04:17 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JMF Jun 2, 2013 08:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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. suzigirl May 28, 2013 10:02 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pinehurst May 28, 2013 10:45 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl May 28, 2013 10:49 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          KaimukiMan May 30, 2013 09:02 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          miss_belle May 28, 2013 01:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            monavano Jun 1, 2013 10:48 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. alliegator May 28, 2013 09:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sandylc May 28, 2013 10:04 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ItalGreyHound May 28, 2013 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  JMF May 28, 2013 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alliegator May 28, 2013 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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!".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Will Owen May 28, 2013 02:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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 …

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ItalGreyHound May 30, 2013 07:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        KaimukiMan May 30, 2013 09:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        deleted, someone beat me to the punch below

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sal Vanilla Jun 1, 2013 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          PotatoHouse Jun 1, 2013 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            hotoynoodle Jun 2, 2013 09:57 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood Jun 2, 2013 11:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Never heard of it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                PotatoHouse Jun 4, 2013 05:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tracylee Jun 3, 2013 07:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood Jun 4, 2013 08:46 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                planetjess Jun 16, 2013 01:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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)...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MGZ Jun 16, 2013 01:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    planetjess Jun 16, 2013 09:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MGZ Jun 16, 2013 09:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        girloftheworld Jun 17, 2013 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          KaimukiMan Jun 17, 2013 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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! . . ."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            FriedClamFanatic Jun 17, 2013 09:55 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          KaimukiMan Jun 17, 2013 01:25 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sisterfunkhaus Jun 16, 2013 01:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Would there be various hot dishes there?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            planetjess Jun 16, 2013 03:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MGZ Jun 16, 2013 09:48 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          DuchessNukem Jun 17, 2013 11:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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:


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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MGZ Jun 18, 2013 05:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      PotatoHouse Jun 1, 2013 04:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Firegoat Jun 2, 2013 08:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kontxesi Jun 4, 2013 08:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MGZ Jun 4, 2013 08:13 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yeah, tequila.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Terrie H. Jun 4, 2013 08:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MGZ Jun 4, 2013 09:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I wasn't talkin' about the cookin'.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Terrie H. Jun 4, 2013 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I know ;))

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Firegoat Jun 4, 2013 10:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  oh I will try it....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Terrie H. Jun 4, 2013 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Firegoat Jun 4, 2013 10:24 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pikawicca Jun 4, 2013 02:14 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Terrie H. Jun 4, 2013 03:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That sounds delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sisterfunkhaus Jun 16, 2013 01:24 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. inaplasticcup May 28, 2013 09:53 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  debbiel Jun 2, 2013 04:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    KaimukiMan Jun 3, 2013 08:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ok even my stomach is turning queasy at that one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mcel215 Sep 18, 2013 07:37 PM

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


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. JungMann May 28, 2013 08:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      biondanonima May 28, 2013 10:31 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sisterfunkhaus Jun 16, 2013 01:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          PotatoHouse Jun 17, 2013 04:47 PM

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


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            PotatoHouse Sep 15, 2013 04:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That one is deleted. Here's another link;


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            JungMann Jul 17, 2013 07:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sandylc Jul 17, 2013 09:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ohmyyum Jul 17, 2013 09:30 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sandylc Jul 21, 2013 09:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yup. Bleu cheese is also nasty mold.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  laliz Jul 25, 2013 02:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              EWSflash Jun 9, 2013 02:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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. tcamp May 28, 2013 08:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MGZ May 28, 2013 09:00 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl May 28, 2013 09:59 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Isolda May 29, 2013 11:03 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      monavano Jun 1, 2013 10:46 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Katie10 May 31, 2013 02:08 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sisterfunkhaus Jun 16, 2013 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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. HillJ May 27, 2013 05:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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. iL Divo May 27, 2013 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ''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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        melpy May 30, 2013 11:37 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sparkina Jun 16, 2013 09:25 AM

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