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Saturday morning (when I usually do my church cleaning) there will be a funeral at church.  Then everyone will leave for the cemetery, then return for a lunch.  I'll make certain it's clean
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Funeral dinner at church

posted at 2/8/2011 8:11 AM EST
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Saturday morning (when I usually do my church cleaning) there will be a funeral at church.  Then everyone will leave for the cemetery, then return for a lunch.  I'll make certain it's clean before the funeral and clean again after it.
BUT -- what shall I take for the dinner?   I know I'll take cookies - that is just expected - lol .... but I'll be taking something else too.  I usually take broccoli salad but I hope for something different.
The rest of the lunch will be egg salad, chicken salad and ham sandwiches .... there will be some spaghetti - other things for people that want something warm.
We think we will have between 45 and 75 people - the leftovers will be given to the people who lost a loved one.

I'd appreciate any suggestions.

Re: Funeral dinner at church

posted at 2/8/2011 8:51 AM EST
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You can never go wrong with soup.  It freezes well, any leftovers can be put in Zip Top Bags and if you lay them flat to freeze they take up almost no space.

A casserole or even a baked pasta dish.  Both freeze well.  For the Baked pasta when you put it in a container to freeze just add a bit more cheese to the top it will help keep the top moist and it will look good once the cheese has melted and gotten all brown and bubbly.

Re: Funeral dinner at church

posted at 2/8/2011 9:44 AM EST
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Nikki - please give me a baked pasta recipe ... one (or two or three) I can take to church ahead of time and keep warm in a low temp oven.
Thanks.

Re: Funeral dinner at church

posted at 2/8/2011 10:10 AM EST
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How about a crock pot food dish? I like Mac N cheese or a Chile or soup.

Re: Funeral dinner at church

posted at 2/8/2011 10:30 AM EST
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Nancy...

What about a pot of Chile Con Carne or Hamburger BBQ!  You can make it ahead of time, put it in a crock pot and when you get to the church, just plug it in and you are good to go! 

Re: Funeral dinner at church

posted at 2/8/2011 11:13 AM EST
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Food that has to be served in a bowl is almost impossible for us ..... Hamburger BBQ sounds great.  These are going to be cold, tired and hungry people....... we are serving cold sandwiches (always do) but the addition of some hot sandwich is great.

Re: Funeral dinner at church

posted at 2/8/2011 12:22 PM EST
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I usually do a pulled pork in a crock pot and serve it right from the crock pot.  It stays warm and not too crumbly like sloppy Joes.  Have a assortment of pickles, cheese, and olives.  I have also considered the children and had a crock pot full of hot dogs.  You sound like a lady at our Church that we have nicknamed Galley Gal because she runs the kitchen for our fish fry and parties that we have at the Church.  We also have Friendship Sunday on the second Sunday of the month.  Right after mass we file into the hall and have rolls, donuts, juice, coffee and tea and share fellowship with each other.

Re: Funeral dinner at church

posted at 2/8/2011 12:38 PM EST
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How about scalloped potatoes to go with the other dishes?  That reheats well and tastes just as good the next day.  You can even add some ham scraps to it - then it is more of a meal.

Re: Funeral dinner at church

posted at 2/8/2011 2:00 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Funeral dinner at church:
Nikki - please give me a baked pasta recipe ... one (or two or three) I can take to church ahead of time and keep warm in a low temp oven. Thanks.
Posted by Nancy G


Make your favorite pasta sauce.
Make a short tube type pasta, any shape will do, elbow or shells are good as well.
Boil the pasta but remove from heat a few minutes before it is done.  Reserve 1 or 2 cups of the pasta water, drain the pasta.
Mix the pasta with the sauce, if you need it looser add some of the reserved water.  Remember it will absorb some of the liquid.
Pour everything into a casserole dish and sprinkle with grated cheese.  I like mozzarella and parmesan. 
Put into oven and bake until cheese is melted and bubbly. It won't take long if everything is hot but if you made this the day before it may take 30 minutes in the oven.

Re: Funeral dinner at church

posted at 2/8/2011 6:21 PM EST
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Thank you Nikki -- sounds good. 

Elsa - I'm certainly not a galley gal -- I'm the Yes woman.  I don't have the ability to organize or direct anything but I can follow directions like no one else.  The two lovely women who are our galley gals know they can say whatever they need or want and I'll hop to it.  And I'll be there early to make certain things are clean and I'll be the last one to leave a Clean place. 

Re: Funeral dinner at church

posted at 2/10/2011 9:55 PM EST
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A baked pasta dish and/or a crockpot dish are pretty safe dishes to make.  Here in Minnesota a jello salad is almost required.

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Saturday morning (when I usually do my church cleaning) there will be a funeral at church.  Then everyone will leave for the cemetery, then return for a lunch.  I'll make certain it's clean before the funeral and clean again after it. BUT -- what shall I take for the dinner?   I know I'll take cookies - that is just expected - lol .... but I'll be taking something else too.  I usually take broccoli salad but I hope for something different. The rest of the lunch will be egg salad, chicken salad and ham sandwiches .... there will be some spaghetti - other things for people that want something warm. We think we will have between 45 and 75 people - the leftovers will be given to the people who lost a loved one. I'd appreciate any suggestions.
Posted by Nancy G

Re: Funeral dinner at church

posted at 2/10/2011 11:19 PM EST
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I was going to suggest baked ziti when I read the question, but Nikki already said a pasta dish.  If you are looking for something to go with the sandwiches that is not hot, you can always use a tossed salad or the normal mac salad, potato salad or cole slaw.  That always goes well with sandwiches.

Re: Funeral dinner at church

posted at 2/11/2011 6:10 AM EST
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Yesterday I bought piles and piles of broccoli and grapes for my very usual salad.
THEN I thought about 3 bean salad!! 
Anyone else remember that and how very good it was?

Re: Funeral dinner at church

posted at 2/11/2011 8:47 AM EST
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I love 3 bean salad. 
There is a restaurant I was at a while back and they made a kidney bean salad.  I pretty much figured out what was in it.
Drained, rinsed Dark Red Kidney Beans
Finely minced onion, sometimes I use green sometimes the real sweet variety
the dressing is a bit of Mayo a bit of sour cream (but I use 0 fat Greek yogurt) and a dash of sugar.
That is all there is to it but it is so good with a burger or chicken or a grilled steak.

Love your idea of the 3 Bean salad.  And it's "healthy".

Re: Funeral dinner at church

posted at 2/11/2011 9:41 AM EST
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My 3-Bean Salad is red kidney beans, canned green beans drained, canned yellow beans drained, add lots of thin sliced red onion and ,if you want, a bit of sliced green pepper.
Dressing is:
1/2 cup salad oil
2/3 cut red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup sugar
1 clove garlic split and stuck on toothpick
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper.

This recipe is in my 1963 McCall's cook book.

Re: Funeral dinner at church

posted at 2/12/2011 5:29 AM EST
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Well .........Yesterday afternoon (Friday)after school  I went to church to get the Saturday cleaning done then went to grocery to finish shopping for the dinner today.  Got home and had 6 messages blinking on my phone ..... people calling me to tell me that the funeral and dinner had been canceled.  Around 4 PM the minister went to visit the people and ask about music.  He was told that they had just changed their minds about doing anything special. 
End of story.

Re: Funeral dinner at church

posted at 2/12/2011 7:23 AM EST
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my sister and I cater a dinner at the church for a funeral and their was alot of people their.

Re: Funeral dinner at church

posted at 2/12/2011 9:00 AM EST
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How about.....

Frog Eyed Salad

 
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 (16 oz) package acini di pepe pasta (pastine) 
  • 2 (20 oz) cans pineapple chunks
  • 2 (11 oz) cans mandarin oranges, drained
  • 3/4 cup maraschino cherries, chopped
  • 1 (16 oz) package miniature marshmallows
  • 1 (12 oz) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
 
  1. In large saucepan over low heat, combine sugar, egg yolks, flour, pineapple juice and lemon juice. Stir and cook until thickened. Remove from heat.
  2. While sauce is cooking, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse with cold water.
  3. In large bowl, combine cooked mixture with pasta and toss to coat thoroughly. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  4. Toss pasta with pineapple, mandarin oranges, maraschino cherries, marshmallows and whipped topping. Refrigerate until serving.

Re: Funeral dinner at church

posted at 2/12/2011 9:15 AM EST
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we do funeral dinners at the moose we call members to bring in food for the dinner they have a kitchen so every thing can be keep hot
it works out well.

Re: Funeral dinner at church

posted at 2/12/2011 11:48 AM EST
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Nancy, I feel bad that you did the shopping for your dishes and they cancelled the dinner.  Is there any way that you can at least bring some of the food to the family.  I am sure they will appreciate getting a few things so they don't have to make so much and I am sure they are having guests at the house.

Renee,  I have to laugh about your "Frog Eyed Salad"  When I was a kid my Grandma would make Tapioca Pudding.  I loved the stuff and wanted more so I told my sister that the pudding was made with Fish eyes.  Well she wouldn't touch the pudding so I got my second helping! 
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