need a recipe that is good for family reunion

Alicia - posted on 07/31/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )




i am looking for a easy recipe for something for my family reunion thats coming up. i am also looking for a good dessert recipe..


Aida - posted on 08/07/2010




This is my favorite go to recipe for dessert:
Chocolate Ecstasy Cake:

1 box chocolate cake mix

1 14-oz. can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk

1 12-oz jar caramel ice cream topping

1 tub whipped topping

4 Heath candy bars, crushed

drinking straw

Bake the cake as directed on the box. Cool completely. Once cool, using the straw, put holes all over the entire cake, make sure to go all the way to the bottom of the pan. Pour the can of condensed milk over the cake filling the holes. Repeat with jar of caramel topping. Spread whipped topping over top of cake. Sprinkle Heath Bars on top of whipped topping. Chill in refrigerator for 4+ hours.

Kao - posted on 08/05/2010




Strawberry Spinach Salad always a hit.

1 pkg spinach
1 lb strawberries sliced
1-2 cucumbers sliced
candied walnuts
Kraft Raspberry vinagrette
Trader Joe's Cranberry Walnut Gongazola dressing

Mix and enjoy!


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Dixie - posted on 08/15/2010




his went great at my husbands family reunion.


2 pounds ground beef 2 cups onion (chopped) 1 cup celery (chopped) 1/2 cup ketchup

1 can (10 3/4 ounces) tomato soup (undiluted) 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste

1 can (16 ounces) green beans (drained) 1 can (15 1/2 ounces) wax beans (drained) 1 can (17 ounces) lima beans (drained) 1 can (15 to 16 ounces) chili beans (undrained)

1 can (16 ounces) pork & beans (undrained) 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)

2 tablespoons prepared mustard

In large Dutch oven, brown beef over medium heat. Drain fat off. Add onion & celery; cook until tender. Stir in soup, tomato paste & ketchup; simmer 15 to 20 minutes. Spoon

into large kettle or roaster pan. Add all remaining ingredient; stir well. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Serve 25. There no words to tell how good this is. It good hot or

cold. Good for a big party.

And his Brisket, it gose fast. You can use 7 up & not the beer, for this recipe.


1 brisket 1 large onion (chopped) garlic salt (sprinkle) black pepper (sprinkle)

1 can beer meat tenderizer (sprinkle) Use heavy foil

Put foil on bottom of cookie sheet. Put 1/2 chopped onion on top of foil. Take a sharp

knife trim some fat off meat (you need to leave some fat on) & punch holes in all the sides of brisket. Lay brisket fat side up on the onions. Add the other 1/2 onions on top of brisket. Sprinkled tenderizer, garlic salt, pepper (on both sides) & beer over brisket. Add foil on top & seal good. Bake at 450 degrees for 3 1/2 hours. Turn down to 250 degrees for 2 hours. Slice across the grain. Eat and enjoy. RC Brisket are so good. And my brother Duaine think they are good too. (Some time he will add 1 more onion in for me.)

Charlotte - posted on 08/07/2010




on 4th of july I made a bisquik recipe cherry swirl coffee cake,so easy and really,really good,it was a hit..

Jennifer - posted on 08/07/2010




Check out a link on facebook called the mixing bowl. they have many diffrent communities that you can join to look for recipes.

Charlotte - posted on 08/06/2010




we do a nice taco salad...with many compliments,and if you don't tell,the secret is the cabbage,holds crisp longer and not really a difference if you don't know..

Recipe here:

1 bag shredded cabbage(cole slaw mix)works well

1 pound hamberger cooked with taco seasoning

1 can kidney beans,drained,rinsed

chopped tomatoes(can use drained 15oz can)

shredded cheese 2 cups

green goddess salad dressing or creamy cucumber

then I use a huge bag of scoop corn chips for crunch or dipping(my sister also adds some chopped black olives or green) it stands up well to weather and outside,was a hit at my neices grad party,so my sister stole from me for potluck at her job and then block party too...she's just criminal,hahaha

Louise - posted on 08/06/2010




Desserts can be sheet cakes, cheese cakes, trifles, fruit platters, cookies and squares. They can be cut into portions, and placed whole (cake) allowing everyone to help themselves. Squares or 'non messy' desserts can be cut and placed into muffin paper cups (slightly folded), then these 'little boats' can be arranged on fancy trays (I'd hesitate to do this for more than 50). I would also use cakes etc. that will not take
up additional refrigeration space, although pre frozen goodies would work well.

The larger the crowd, the simpler things should be kept, as you will find it
a 'challenge' dealing with massive amounts of food

Sandy - posted on 08/06/2010




Oreo Cookie Salad
2 small pkgs French Vanilla pudding
2 small cans Mandarine Oranges
12 oz Cool Whip
2 cups buttermilk
Pkg Oreo Cookies (use about 2/3 of the pkg or more to your taste)

Mix pudding and buttermilk. Fold in Cool Whip and oranges. Break up Oreos and mix in. Chill.

Chris - posted on 08/04/2010





Here's an old Pampered Chef recipe that I love. Enjoy!

Apple Berry Salsa With Cinnamon Chips

Cinnamon Chips
4 (7-inch) flour tortillas
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 medium Granny Smith apples
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1 kiwi, peeled and chopped
1 small orange
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons apple jelly (optional)

Preheat oven to 400F. For cinnamon chips, lightly spray tortillas with water using Kitchen Spritzer. Combine sugar and cinnamon in Four/Sugar Shaker; sprinkle over tortillas. Using Pizza Cutter, cut each tortilla into 8 wedges; place in single layer on 15" Round Baking Stone. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp. Remove to Nonstick Cooling Rack; cool completely.

For salsa, peel, core, and slice apples using Apple Peeler/Slicer/Corer. Cut apples into quarters; chop with Food Chopper. Slice strawberries with Egg Slicer Plus. Chop kiwi with Food Chopper. Place fruit in 1-Qt Batter Bowl. Zest orange using Lemon Zester/Scorer. Juice orange with Lemon Aid. Add orange zest, orange juice, brown sugar, and apple jelly to fruit mixture; mix gently using Super Scraper. Serve with cinnamon chips.

Julie - posted on 08/04/2010




ok this is always a hit when I take it to pot lucks it was my mommy's recipe and she use to take it to all the pot lucks when we were kids it sounds weird but it is good and not expensive...
Swishy Skettie
10 ounces of vermicelli
2 stalks of celery chopped
1 bunch of green onions chopped
1 clove garlic minced
8 oz Italian dressing (you can use bottled if you don’t want to make your own)
½ cup sweet pickle juice
1 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon poppy seed
1 teaspoon celery seed

Cook pasta. Let cool. Mix it all together. Place in fridge overnight before serving for best taste

Nichelle - posted on 08/03/2010




Depending on where it is going to be a nice fruit salad is always good. A water melon cut in the shape of a boat with cans of fruit cocktail in the inside.

Desiree - posted on 08/03/2010




Every time I make this people love it and it's so easy!

Watergate Salad

What You Need
1 can (20 oz.) DOLE Crushed Pineapple, in juice, undrained
1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Pistachio Flavor Instant Pudding
1 cup JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
1/2 cup chopped PLANTERS Pecans
1-1/2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
Make It
MIX first 4 ingredients in large bowl until well blended.
Bonne Appetit

Mary - posted on 08/03/2010




Orzo with roasted vegetables -- courtesy of the Barefoot Contessa. This dish is fresh, delicious and has been a BIG hit at the three parties I taken it to/served it at.

• 1 eggplant, peeled and 3/4-inch diced
• 1 red bell pepper, 1-inch diced
• 1 yellow bell pepper, 1-inch diced
• 1 large red onion, peeled and 1-inch diced
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 1/3 cup good olive oil
• 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 1 pound orzo pasta

For the dressing:
• 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
• 1/3 cup good olive oil
• 1 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

To assemble:
• 4 scallions, minced (white and green parts)
• 1/4 cup pignolis (pine nuts), toasted
• 3/4 pound good feta, 1/2-inch diced (not crumbled)
• 15 fresh basil leaves, cut into julienne

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Toss the eggplant, bell peppers, onion, and garlic with the olive oil, salt, and pepper on a large sheet pan. Roast for 40 minutes, until browned, turning once with a spatula.

Meanwhile, cook the orzo in boiling salted water for 7 to 9 minutes, until tender. Drain and transfer to a large serving bowl.

Add the roasted vegetables to the pasta, scraping all the liquid and seasonings from the roasting pan into the pasta bowl.

For the dressing, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper and pour on the pasta and vegetables. Let cool to room temperature, then add the scallions, pignolis, feta, and basil. Check the seasonings, and serve at room temperature. Enjoy!

Karen - posted on 08/03/2010




My mom used to make for us a tamale pie. Calls for 2 can's hormel tamales, 1/2 c chopped onions, 1 can whole kernal corn, 1 can small pitted black olives, corn chips for the top and 1 # ground beef. and chilli powder to taste 1. brown the ground beef and onions,then add the tamales mash them with the beef, add corn & olives mix all together and transfer to cassarole dish and top with crushed corn chips(frito lays are the best chips to use). GOOD LUCK AND ENJOY :).

Deanna - posted on 08/01/2010




chocolate eclair cake is super easy, cheap, no bake and tastes awesome!

1 box graham crackers
2 packages vanilla pudding
1 container/tub of chocolate frosting
bananas, if you like (I usually omit them, but my mom likes them)
baking pan (any size)

prepare pudding according to instructions on box
layer bottom of baking dish with a flat layer of graham crackers
pour an even layer of pudding over the grahams, spread with spatula (place bananas over pudding, if you wish)
top with another flat layer of grahams
keep layering the ingredients, just like making lasagna

when you're almost to the top of the baking pan, stop layering the pudding and grahams.
spoon frosting into a small sauce pan, warm over low heat til its smooth and liquidy
Pour over the top layer of grahams, put in the fridge for about an hour and taaa- daaaa!

Mary - posted on 08/01/2010




If you want something easy why not cheesecake lollipops.
They do take a bit of standing time but very simple to make.
Philly cream cheese makes a per made cheese cake filler. take this and drop by the teaspoon (I use a cookie ice cream scoop to do this) on a sheet pan and stick in lollipop sticks in the middle of each spoon. Now place them in the freeze until frozen about 2 hours or so. once they are frozen Them melt some candy chocolate or mini chip in the microwave. and dip your cheese cake pops in it. You can them roll them in jimmies, nuts coconut or what have you. place back in freeze to set at least 20 minutes and serve. This is one of those simple but wow desserts at any party.

Another thing is making a truffle too.
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 pkg. (1 lb. 2 oz.) OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 4-1/4 cups), divided
2 pkg. (8 squares each) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted
MIX cream cheese and 3 cups cookie crumbs until well blended.

SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls. Dip in melted chocolate; place on waxed paper-covered baking sheet. Sprinkle with remaining cookie crumbs.

REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.

Or a layered pudding is always good too
I like using white chocolate pudding, coconut pudding, nilla wafers, cool whip and something chocolate like Oreo or brownies.
get a long container does not need to be a trifle bowl
then staring with one pudding layer pudding, cookie,cream altering kinds of pudding. I found a great vase that looks like a hurricane glass not only does it look pretty but everyone seems to really enjoy them. In the summer too I have done a strawberry short cake this way too. Start with pound cake cut into cubes, J strawberry sliced (if you take some of the strawberries and stand them up on there too against the glass it looks really nice). then add in vanilla pudding top with cool whip then repeat layers ending with cool whip. On top to make it look even better you can sprinkle on shave choclate and take a whole strawberry and make slices 3/4 the way through and make a fan with it. Hope this helps

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