Wednesday, December 12, 2007

progressive dinner

My church's college and career group had a progressive dinner last night. I used to be really active in this group, but not so much anymore. It used to be about half "college" and half "career", now it feels like all "college" and no "career". so basically i feel too old for the group. oh well. anyways, i got a call last week telling me about the progressive dinner and asking if i would host the appetizer course. I think this officially pushes me into one of the "adults" in the group. haha that's ok with me.

so of course i said yes i would help out. that was the easy part. then i had to figure out what to make for about 25 people. i ended up doing four things, my goal was three, but somehow that expanded. when i cook for events like this i try to make things is several categories -
1. something i've made plenty of times before and know pepole like it.
2. something really easy.
3. something ive never done before that sounds good - this tends to be the most time consuming.
for this event i added a fourth category:
4. something not too hard that would make a whole lot so there'd be plenty left over for darren's graduation party. i guess category 4 isn't very generic so i doubt it will be used in future parties :)

here's what the menu ended up being -
1. bruschetta. this seems to be my go to appetizer lately.
2. queso dip and chips. heat up one can of rotel with a box of velveta cheese. what could be easier than that?
3. stuffed mushrooms. i'm not a big fan of mushrooms, but they were gobbled up real fast so they must've been good. the hardest part about making this was cleaning the mushrooms. there's got to be a better way... also, for this recipe, i used my mini food processor for the first time ever. it came in very handy :)

4. chex mix. yes you can buy this, but i thought i'd try making it. it wasn't hard and it made a ton, but i dont think it really had as much flavor as i was hoping for. there's plenty left over for darren's party though, so that's good.

all in all, things went well. i had everything ready and out before the group arrived, which was amazing to me. they all came on the church bus so everyone streamed in at once. you know normally with a party people show up over time and the noise level slowly rises, but this was like bam! everyone there at once. i think the favorite was the queso dip, which was also the easiest to make, which should probably teach me something haha.

darren and i went along to the other two house for dinner and dessert. it reinforced my feeling of being too old for the group, but it was still a pretty good time overall. i really should remember to get my camera out more often... i'll have to work on that.

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