Good "Reunion" Foods

Here are some of Mister Spiffy's "reunion" foods. What is a "reunion" food, you ask? First, it has to taste good. Second, it has to be filling (at least if it's a main course). Third, it can't cost a fortune. And most importantly, it has to be fairly easy to cook in a large quantity.

Hamburgers and Hot Dogs

OK, so this is a no brainer. Barbecues or campfires, hamburgers and hot dogs are the best choice for dinners. Hot dogs are nice. You just shove ‘em on a stick and roast ‘em on a fire. With hamburgers you just put ‘em on a grill. Then you take a bun and fixins’, and tada. Simple, eh?

Corn on the cob

Everyone loves corn on the cob, even Uncle Joe and his dentures. Just get a huge pot, fill it with water, and drop a bunch of corn in. The only time consuming part is husking the corn, but this is a great job for the kids. Some of Mister Spiffy's fondest memories growing up was husking corn with his grandma.

Potato Bar

Bake a whole bunch of potatoes, and put a big pile of them at the head of a table. Then line the table with fixins’ like sour cream, chives, chili, cheese, bacon bits, salt, pepper, and other seasonings. Oh, and butter... Mister Spiffy says don't forget the butter. People just take a tater, mosey down the table putting on what they want, and tada – you’ve got a meal.


Spaghetti is one of those foods you can make in huge batches, but it's also popular for it's entertainment value. Try having a spaghetti dinner with no eating utensils – not even hands. You sit on your hands and everyone just digs in with their faces. Have someone walking the tables with a yardstick as punishment for anyone who even lets their hands be seen by the guard.

Chili Cookoff

An activity and a food, all in one! Announce beforehand the approaching chili cookoff. Have various families cook a big batch of chili with their own recipe, then have some judges. Give awards for tastiest, thickest, mildest ("what brand of ketchup is that?"), and hottest ("oh my, that chili was hot – I hope I didn’t brain my damage"). Finally, everybody dig in.

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are commonly served because they’re so easy to make. Buy a bunch of Sloppy Joe mix, mix it all in a bowl, and give everyone a bun. As they walk by, slap a blob of the mixture onto their buns. And they’re yum-diddly-umptious, too. Mister Spiffy says to make sure you have plenty of napkins... they ain't called "sloppy" joes for nothing.


S’mores are good. They’re really good. Marshmallows, chocolate bars, and graham crackers... what a combo! Around a campfire, roast your marshmallows. While they’re still hot and sticky, stack'em this way... graham cracker on the bottom, then sticky melted marshmallow, then a piece of chocolate, then another graham cracker. You couldn’t ask for anything tastier in the cold mountains. S’mores originated from the pleading, begging phrase, "I want some more (often pronounced, S’more)."

Have any ideas for good "Reunion" foods? Let Mister Spiffy know so he can share it.