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.
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
Bake a whole bunch of potatos, 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 youve 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.
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 didnt brain my damage"). Finally, everybody dig in.
Sloppy Joes are commonly served because theyre 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
theyre yum-diddly-umptious, too.
Mister Spiffy says to make sure you have plenty of napkins... they ain't called
"sloppy" joes for nothing.
Smores are good. Theyre really good.
Marshmallows, chocolate bars, and graham crackers... what a combo! Around a
campfire, roast your marshmallows. While theyre 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 couldnt ask for anything tastier
in the cold mountains. Smores originated from the pleading, begging phrase,
"I want some more (often pronounced, Smore)."
Have any ideas for good "Reunion" foods? Let Mister Spiffy know
so he can share it.