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LiveBest: Tips for hosting a family reunion, and feeding the whole crowd

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“Dining with one’s friends and beloved family is certainly one of life’s primal and most innocent delights, one that is both soul-satisfying and eternal,” said Julia Child.

Julia must have been a fly on the wall, because that sums up our recent family reunion.

My family doesn’t have a good reunion track record. Some remember a family gathering about 50 years ago but otherwise, like many families, funerals brought us together.

Even though summer is popular time for a reunion, they happen all year long. In case you’re thinking about one, here are a few tips.

How to have a family reunion:

  • Recruit a team to plan and execute.
  • Apply pressure to those reluctant to attend. It builds excitement to hear who is coming.
  • Keep the schedule loose enough to allow some down time. Some people need a nap while others need a Target fix.
  • Get a sound system. Microphones and speakers help the stories everyone wants to
  • hear be heard.
  • Label cups with names so everyone feels connected plus it reduces trash.
  • Gather round the table to hold hands and be grateful that you can share this soul-satisfying event.

We realized we shared eyes, lips, and hips. Even more, we came away realizing that there are people in the world who care about each other. But after all the catching up it was time to eat.

What to serve at a family reunion:

Over the course of the reunion we served a welcome dinner, early bird coffee, lunch, dinner, and brunch.

We divided the menu by family. One took a dinner (spaghetti, garlic bread, and salad), another a lunch (make-your-own sandwich bar and fresh fruit). We all brought a few dozen homemade cookies to have something to nibble on plus we served them for dessert. We provided 3 beverage dispensers, one with tea, one with lemonade and one with water infused with fresh mint and orange slices.

My family was responsible for a dinner and brunch for about 30. Since there’s usually just 2 of us around my table, this took some thought and refrigerator and freezer space. We all agreed that hosting a reunion required the planning committee to clean out their fridges! I wanted recipes that could be made ahead or at least didn’t require a lot of last minute prep. So my sister and I went to work.

Brunch included an asparagus egg casserole, turkey and spinach egg casserole, hash brown casserole, yogurt, berries, coffee cake and biscuits.

Dinner was baked chicken, roasted potatoes, corn casserole, and salad. I planned on 2 pieces of chicken per person. We roasted 10 pounds of new potatoes and I made the corn casserole for a crowd (below). Disposable aluminum pans made clean up easy.

As I gathered photos and other memorabilia, I found my Grandma’s church cookbook with her corn pudding recipe. The reunion was a perfect way to celebrate her and her recipe. The original recipe serves 6-8, I adjusted it to serve 30.

Corn Pudding

4 ears sweet corn, kernels removed (or 15-ounce canned corn, drained)

3 tablespoons flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups milk

2 eggs

3 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons oil

Lightly spray an 8x8-baking dish with cooking spray, add corn. Sprinkle flour and salt over corn. In a separate bowl, stir eggs, milk, honey and oil until well blended. Pour over corn mixture. Bake 350°F for 35-40 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean.

Serve warm or room temperature. Serves six.

Corn Pudding for a Crowd

6 pounds, 10-ounce canned corn, drained

1/2 cup flour

2 teaspoons salt

4 cups milk

6 eggs

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup oil

Lightly spray two 11x13-inch disposable baking pans. Add corn. Sprinkle flour and salt over corn. In a separate bowl, stir eggs, milk, honey and oil until well blended. Pour over corn mixture. Bake 350°F for 35-40 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean.

Serve warm or room temperature. Serves 30.

(Recipe source: Evelyn Cross)

Judy Barbe is a registered dietitian, speaker and author of “Your 6-Week Guide to LiveBest: Simple Solutions for Fresh Food & Well-Being.” Visit her website www.LiveBest.info for every day food solutions.

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