Showing posts from February, 2006

Plan a Progressive Dinner to Brighten Winter Days

Are you getting cabin fever, wondering when winter will end? If so, you can add some fun to your calendar by planning a progressive dinner for a group of family or friends. Perhaps you belong to a club or a church group that would enjoy this special social gathering.

A progressive dinner is one in which the various courses of the meal are served at different homes or locations, such as a church or club. You will need at least three homes in which to briefly meet. You can use additional homes if you would like.

Assuming that you use three locations, the first stop will be for appetizers/soup/salad. The entree will be served at the second home, followed by dessert and perhaps a short program or social activity at the last home or location.
Divide the attendees into groups and ask each to bring an item to contribute to one portion of the meal. You may need to assign more people to the entree portion than to other courses.

Guests will arrive at the first home where they will gather and e…

Want to serve an unusual and eyecatching treat at your next party? Then try Bundt Fudge.

This whopping 5-pounds of fudge molded in a bundt cake pan was first served at a fund-raising event in Baton Rouge, LA in 1990. It is guaranteed to be the talk of the party. Here's the recipe: 4 1/2 cups sugar 12-ounce can evaporated milk 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted (do not use margarine) pinch of salt 3 six-ounce packages of semi-sweet chocolate chips (18 ounces total) 7-ounce jar marshmallow creme 1 tablespoon vanilla 4 cups pecans, chopped Mix sugar, milk, butter and salt in a large heavy pan. Stir well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for 8 minutes on low, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add the chocolate chips, marshmallow creme, and vanilla. Stir until everything is melted and is well blended. Stir in the pecans. Quickly pour mixture into a bundt pan that has been well sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Refrigerate several hours or overnight. (This works best when a thin, flexible pan is used.) To serve, place the pan in a few inches of hot water in the sink t…