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    How do you keep them warm (or cold) until serving time?

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    Default Re: B101 Challenge: BBQ Bash- What's your Favorite Recipe/Tip?


    This recipe is cold. The ingredients are:

    cherry tomatoes, halved
    mozzarella cheese, cubed
    colby cheese, cubed
    monterey jack cheese, cubed
    scallions, chopped
    Italian dressing

    Combine all ingredients into a large bowl, toss with the dressing and serve with toothpicks. If you really want to get "fancy" and get the kids out of your hair, hand the children some wooden skewers and have them premake the skewers. My mom makes this all the time and it is light and refreshing. A nice alternative to the heavy macaroni and potato salads.

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    Dyed deviled eggs! They are so colorful and usually get lots of attention. after you have boiled, peeled, sliced and scooped out the yolk, you place the eggs in a food color bath for a few minutes till they are the desired darkness. It doesn't change the taste but add "flair" to your eggs. Red, white , and blue are always a big hit at 4th of July or memorial day bashes. Pastel colors go over really well at Easter.

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    Potatoe Salad is a must, baked beans, and a bag of BBQ flavored chips

    Keeping the potatoe salad cold just fill a lunch box or ice chest depending on the salad size and plunk the bowl down in. keeping beans hot just wrap the pan and lid tightly in a couple layers of bath towels.

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    I recently made strawberries dipped in white chocolate (white almond bark) and then dipped them in green colored sugar to look like the Italian flag. It was for an anniversary celebration. They were a huge hit! You could do the same thing with blue colored sugar to make a USA flag for 4th of July or any patriotic holiday! An easy (a little time consuming, however), impressive, and yummy treat. Different from other desserts.

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    Hot foods can be kept warm in a Crock Pot on warm, or if no electricity, then in a thermal product. (Even a cheap Styrofoam cooler works).
    Cold foods can be kept cool in a cooler or a thermal product with ice blocks, (blue ice products).

    Some of my favorite items to bring to a cook out:

    Baked beans-with or without meat
    BBQ --Yummy!
    Grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, or chicken breasts
    Slaw- mayo, mustard, or vinegar based
    deviled eggs
    Potato or macaroni salad
    Twice backed potatoes
    HM mac and cheese
    Tomato, cucumber, onion slices
    Carrot and zucchini sticks
    Ranch dressing-to be used for dips or spreads
    Condiments
    Sliced cheeses
    Potato chips-flavored or plain
    And I always bring a pan of peanut butter fantasy fudge. ((So good!))
    Brownies and cookies are always a good choice also!

    Don't forget the foil, napkins, paper plates, plastic utensils and cups, and trash bag. ((Makes cleanup a breeze.))

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    Black bean, barley and corn salad.
    This is served cold.
    Equal amounts of cooked black beans, barley and corn. Raw onion to taste. Olive oil and lime juice for dressing. Any other spices or herbs you might like to add like cilantro.

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    My favorite dish for the family BBQ is Baked Beans- I start with a pan of VanCamps (2 large cans -regular pork-n-beans) add half a cup of Ketchup (I prefer Heinz but use what ever you have). Add a good squirt of mustard (enough for 3 hotdogs should do it), add 1/2 cup of brown sugar. Add some uncooked bacon pieces and mix well. This is great in a crockpot or bake in a 375 oven for 30-45 minutes.

    Keep warm on a warmer plate, or wrap in towels to hold heat until served.

    We also like to make macaroni salad, this is a kids favorite because it is a basic taste that kids with undeveloped taste buds love...all it requires is a bowl of cooked macaroni 6 hard boiled eggs cut in small pieces and a jar of Miracle Whip. Mix together, salt and pepper to taste and serve cold (use ice to keep it cold if outside); (Mom always made devil eggs to top it).

    When we are picnicking in the back yard we use large tubs of ice to keep the cold stuff cold, Hot stuff doesn't leave the grill until ready to serve.

    At our holiday get together we use the Warming trays, oven and/or bring to temp using the microwave. Cold items stay refrigerated until serving.

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    I seldom take the same thing twice, so I really do not have a favorite. I like to take a broccoli salad. Keep cold in a cooler with a frozen ice pack (heavy plastic bag filled with water and frozen.) I have a 9 X 12 dish with a cover and a thingy to heat in the microwave that keeps it warm.

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    My favorite dish to bring is homemade bread with butter. Everyone seems to forget that you need something to scoop up the sauces from the meat and beans with something. I have a old Italian bread recipe from my Nana that works with every dish.

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    I prefer to bring dessert to our gatherings, then I know everyone will want to eat it, lol

    I know of several Cool Whip "Dump" recipes for desserts:

    Pineapple Dream:
    throw a big package of dry vanilla pudding in with a can of drained chunk pineapple, undrained crushed pineapple and drained mandarin oranges, then mix in a tub of cool whip.

    Peanut Butter Pie
    1 cup peanut butter
    1 full size pkg cream cheese
    1 1/4 cup powder sugar
    1 container cool whip
    This takes just a min to mix together, then put in in a chocolate graham cracker crust .


    Fruit Lasagne
    13x9 dish. Box of graham crackers, can crushed pineapple , instant vanilla pudding ( large box ) , large container of cool whip.

    Line bottom of dish with graham crackers
    Make pudding using the pie instructions on the box (let set up)
    Mix Frozen cool whip and pudding together
    Put pudding mixture on top of graham crackers
    Top with another layer of graham crackers
    Top graham crackers with fully drained pineapple.
    Put in the refrig to set up. Serve in about an hour
    Top with sliced fruit or berries just prior to serving.


    Other quick Ideas and recipes I use:

    Crockpot Apple Cobbler
    Dump 2 cans of apple pie filling dumped in crock pot, top with one box yellow cake mix dry powder (sprinkle whole box over the top), melt 1/2 cup of butter and drizzle over the cake mix, cook on low for 3 hours, serve hot with whipped cream or ice cream.

    Punch bowl cake:
    Store bought pound cake sliced thin
    Cool whip
    Canned cherry pie filling
    Crushed pineapple with juice
    Coconut
    Layer like lasagna cake, whip, cherry, pineapple, coconut
    Care to show layers on outside of clear bowl.
    FAST, easy & never have had to bring any home.

    Chocolate Pudding Cake

    18 ounce package chocolate cake mix
    3.9 ounce package instant chocolate pudding mix
    2 cups (16oz.) sour cream
    4 eggs,
    1 cup water
    3/4 cup oil
    1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
    whipped cream, or ice cream, opt.---- Combine cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, eggs, water, and oil in electric mixer bowl. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into greased slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 6-7 hours, or on high 3-4 hours, or until toothpick inserted near center comes out with moist crumbs. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

    Simple Fruit Salad

    1 reg sized bag small marshmallows
    16 oz tub sour cream
    1 can crushed pineapple,drained
    1 can fruit cocktail, drained
    2 bananas sliced mix all ingredients together in bowl and chill for 2 hrs prior to serving
    Rolling with the Punches, folks, nothing to see here...

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    I don't know if I'm eligible to win this one (I won the last challenge!!!) but here's my .02 worth, haha

    Buy two cans of crescent rolls a pack of cream cheese and a can of pie filling ( my fav is cherry) .... Layer the bottom of standard size cake pan with one container of crescent rolls and brown according to directions.... Blend together 1 package of cream cheese and 1 cup of sugar .... Spread evenly on baked crescent rolls ... Top with pie filling... Roll 2nd package of crescent rolls over the top and bake until golden brown.... Sprinkle powder sugar over top. Cut into bars and serve!

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    I think a BBQ isn't complete without a great pasta salad: I make it in a large bowl, keep it cool with a deep baking dish full of ice (although it doesn't ever last long enough to go bad)
    I cook up different size, shape, color pasta (boil)
    You will need:
    pasta
    cherry tomatoes
    olives
    salami
    green pepper
    shredded cheese of your choice
    (you can add or delete items based on your guests. other options are broccoli florets, purple onion, chopped chicken, avacado, etc.)
    Italian dressing
    I layer all ingrients in bowl, add about 1 tbsp of italian seasoning, and sprinkle with fresh ground pepper. I add the italian dressing once at the BBQ, when everyone is ready to eat. I then mix up the bowl of everything and presto, as quick as its together, its gone. This doesn't cost a fortune since pasta can be hearty and feel lots of people, depending on your budget, tastes, and guests you can throw in what you like...the dressing also keeps it from spoiling like mayo would. I have used this recipe and paid no more then 10 dollars to make a minimum of 40 servings!
    I also enjoy Mac & Cheese, cucumber salad, cheese balls, grilled veggies of any kind, and jello with fruit is always great. Get your grill on! Blessings

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    Yep I am the one who brings the fresh fruit salad & veggie tray. No need to heat/cool something that gets nibbled on all afternoon.
    Hope Everyone Is Enjoying The Day. Best Wishes From MN ~ Pamela

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    It really depends on who is going to be at the event. My number one is Mac and Cheese. Use any pasta-I like using the small shells, any cheese you have especially a combination is great, I also add about a fourth a cup of cream cheese because it helps it to stay smoother and cheesier, some garlic and onions and a little cayenne pepper. This is great for the teenage boys in particular.

    Another go to is homemade vegetarian baked beans as well as an oatmeal brownie. A fruit watermelon basket (you know cut the watermelon in a cute design and scoop melons, grapes, blueberries, kiwi, strawberries into the center and enjoy.

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