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    Thank you for your suggestions.
    Gutmutter, my default Pot Luck contribution is Devilled Eggs, so you've got me pegged. I actually make a darned good DE, with minced onions, chives, parsley & paprika & a touch of horseradish.
    My problem isn't that I'm a bad cook, or that I don't know how, it's that I hate doing it, with the fury of a thousand forest fires. I hate the time, the trouble, the mess & the cleanup. I get 0 pleasure from it & have next to no tolerance for it.

    The plating idea is a good one. My problem is that where I live there's no Costco, no Whole Foods, no Trader Joe's, no deli or caterers to buy semi-home made foods. I live in an area with pretty sparse selection. My only choices are local grocery stores like Safeway's, Albertson's, Smith's, IGA, or Walmart Grocery. Even their deli departments are a little meager & basic. I'm sure I can find something decent, though.
    I also like the bakery desert idea. One thing we do have is some decent bakeries.

    I've volunteered to bring beverages, & other non-cooking items in the past, but sometimes like this last one, there's really no person to contact. No contact phone # was given. Just a group invite from the organization to show up with stuff.

    You're probably right that there's a lot more plating going on than I realize.
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    Re: General Food Talk

    Quote Originally Posted by Gutmutter View Post
    Devilled eggs (eggs, mayo, mustard) always go fast, because face it - who is going to make that for themselves?
    I make deviled eggs for myself. You don't have to make a dozen at a time. I usually hard-boil about 4 eggs and use 2 of them to make deviled eggs to eat right then and have the other eggs the next day, either whole or made into egg salad.

    I hate having deviled eggs at parties unless they're made by someone I know who uses the same recipe I do. I don't like having relish in deviled eggs, too much paprika, onion, etc. I always do the simple mayo/mustard combination. There's a lady in our group who always make deviled eggs for our parties (several dozens!) and she uses relish so I don't eat her eggs and I can't very well bring more since that would be too many deviled eggs for the party. I wouldn't ask her to change her recipe, though, because that would be rude. I have thought about bringing a small container of my own deviled eggs so I can enjoy them at the party while everyone else eats hers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss Scarlet View Post
    Thank you for your suggestions.
    Gutmutter, my default Pot Luck contribution is Devilled Eggs, so you've got me pegged. I actually make a darned good DE, with minced onions, chives, parsley & paprika & a touch of horseradish.
    My problem isn't that I'm a bad cook, or that I don't know how, it's that I hate doing it, with the fury of a thousand forest fires. I hate the time, the trouble, the mess & the cleanup. I get 0 pleasure from it & have next to no tolerance for it.

    The plating idea is a good one. My problem is that where I live there's no Costco, no Whole Foods, no Trader Joe's, no deli or caterers to buy semi-home made foods. I live in an area with pretty sparse selection. My only choices are local grocery stores like Safeway's, Albertson's, Smith's, IGA, or Walmart Grocery. Even their deli departments are a little meager & basic. I'm sure I can find something decent, though.
    I also like the bakery desert idea. One thing we do have is some decent bakeries.

    I've volunteered to bring beverages, & other non-cooking items in the past, but sometimes like this last one, there's really no person to contact. No contact phone # was given. Just a group invite from the organization to show up with stuff.

    You're probably right that there's a lot more plating going on than I realize.
    Miss Scarlet Walmart has a lemon pound cake that is already sliced up that is really moist and good that would plate pretty. You could plate it in a round circle on a pretty plate and maybe put fresh berries in the middle they also have other flavors of pound cake too. Another idea is to buy an angle food cake and get a flavored icing in the can and ice it and make it your own creation.
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    pikachu, if I recall correctly, don't you also go very minimal on the tuna salad ingredients?

    I really like devilled eggs, but I've never made them. Never had egg salad, either. My dead, ex-sister-in-law-who-hated-me made some killer eggs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nennie View Post
    Miss Scarlet Walmart has a lemon pound cake that is already sliced up that is really moist and good that would plate pretty. You could plate it in a round circle on a pretty plate and maybe put fresh berries in the middle they also have other flavors of pound cake too. Another idea is to buy an angle food cake and get a flavored icing in the can and ice it and make it your own creation.
    I use fresh whipped cream on my angel food cake, and decorate with whatever fruit is in season. Its easy and always a big hit
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    I adore a good lemon cake.....especially if it has lemon zest in it.
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    Re: General Food Talk

    Quote Originally Posted by prhoshay View Post
    pikachu, if I recall correctly, don't you also go very minimal on the tuna salad ingredients?

    I really like devilled eggs, but I've never made them. Never had egg salad, either. My dead, ex-sister-in-law-who-hated-me made some killer eggs.
    You remember correctly! All of the salads like that--chicken salad, tuna salad, ham salad--I prefer just mayonnaise, no relish. A bit of mustard is ok. I do like almonds and/or tarragon in chicken salad.
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    And then there's always the dessert with ground up oreos, chocolate pudding mixed with whipped cream from a tub, and plain whipped cream on top. That seems to be popular here. Also, trifle made from layers of angel food cake torn up, tub/can whipped cream, and strawberries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pikachu View Post
    You remember correctly! All of the salads like that--chicken salad, tuna salad, ham salad--I prefer just mayonnaise, no relish. A bit of mustard is ok. I do like almonds and/or tarragon in chicken salad.
    My mom used to make a Chinese chicken salad that had sliced almonds in it. Mmm!

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    I use curry powder and pineapple in my chicken salad. yummy!
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