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  1. #1
    Omelet Guest

    Default Potluck today!

    I don't participate in potlucks at work often, but this is National
    Laboratory Professionals Week and I am training on the day shift. :-)

    I decided to make the mini-caprese appetizers on a frilly toothpick.
    I'll make more later and take pics, but just did not have the time last
    night. I promised my new boss I'd make some for my eventual "home lab"
    when I picked up my first paycheck last night and we talked about the
    week long food fest that the labs have been having. <g> I'm training at
    other labs in the system in Austin.

    I marinated the cheese in Olive oil and Italian herbs as it won't be
    poured over them as per usual, and I put more in the bottom of the
    plastic container I put them in.

    They are pretty and tasty, but I did find that putting the cherry tomato
    on the bottom instead of the top made them stand up better. I used the
    "pre-formed" grape sized bits of cheese so they are roundish. Tomato on
    the bottom, fresh Basil leave in the middle and the marinated cheese bit
    on the top. The cheese is a smaller than the cherry tomato.

    I hope they go over well! I'll report tonight...
    The tomatoes cost as much as the cheese did! Central Market currently
    has a large table of fresh herbs, 3 bunches for $4.00 so the Basil was
    not that costly and I have plenty left standing in a glass of water to
    enjoy for the next week.

    Cheers!
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    Peace! Om

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  2. #2
    Ophelia Guest

    Default Re: Potluck today!



    "Omelet" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news[email protected]..
    > I don't participate in potlucks at work often, but this is National
    > Laboratory Professionals Week and I am training on the day shift. :-)
    >
    > I decided to make the mini-caprese appetizers on a frilly toothpick.
    > I'll make more later and take pics, but just did not have the time last
    > night. I promised my new boss I'd make some for my eventual "home lab"
    > when I picked up my first paycheck last night and we talked about the
    > week long food fest that the labs have been having. <g> I'm training at
    > other labs in the system in Austin.
    >
    > I marinated the cheese in Olive oil and Italian herbs as it won't be
    > poured over them as per usual, and I put more in the bottom of the
    > plastic container I put them in.
    >
    > They are pretty and tasty, but I did find that putting the cherry tomato
    > on the bottom instead of the top made them stand up better. I used the
    > "pre-formed" grape sized bits of cheese so they are roundish. Tomato on
    > the bottom, fresh Basil leave in the middle and the marinated cheese bit
    > on the top. The cheese is a smaller than the cherry tomato.
    >
    > I hope they go over well! I'll report tonight...
    > The tomatoes cost as much as the cheese did! Central Market currently
    > has a large table of fresh herbs, 3 bunches for $4.00 so the Basil was
    > not that costly and I have plenty left standing in a glass of water to
    > enjoy for the next week.


    ... and don't forget the pics

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    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Potluck today!

    In article <[email protected]>,
    "Ophelia" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > > I hope they go over well! I'll report tonight...
    > > The tomatoes cost as much as the cheese did! Central Market currently
    > > has a large table of fresh herbs, 3 bunches for $4.00 so the Basil was
    > > not that costly and I have plenty left standing in a glass of water to
    > > enjoy for the next week.

    >
    > .. and don't forget the pics


    Soon's I make more luv. <g>

    They did indeed go over well and about 3/4ths of them were consumed
    without my help. I took the leftovers to Sis' and they were appreciated.
    :-d

    There were two other dishes there that I was impressed with. Potato
    stuffed Filo' pastry with curry (curry puffs) with two types of chutney
    made by one of our India natives and some simple sandwich wraps cut into
    pinwheels made with Olives, Goat cheese and sliced ham. :-)

    I think the only thing that sometimes annoys me (mildly mind you! It's
    not a big deal!) is people that bring commercial products like grossery
    store chicken salad, etc.

    Altho' that chicken salad was downright decent when I tried it, to be
    perfectly honest... <g>

    One of the Vegans brought an impressive dish. Quinoa with bits of walnut
    and shaved cooked carrots. It was decorative and tasty! Reminded me
    that I really need to play with nuts more often in cooking.

    I think I'll take an olive coated cheese ball next time, and a selection
    of gourmet crackers!
    --
    Peace! Om

    Web Albums: <http://picasaweb.google.com/OMPOmelet>
    *Only Irish *coffee provides in a single glass all four *essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar *and fat. --Alex Levine

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    Tracy Guest

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    Omelet wrote:

    >
    > I think the only thing that sometimes annoys me (mildly mind you! It's
    > not a big deal!) is people that bring commercial products like grossery
    > store chicken salad, etc.
    >


    We had frequent potlucks at my former place of employment. We also
    had cook-outs during the summer. One co-worker ALWAYS brought canned
    corn. Not even kidding. We had a "Soup Day" once and she brought
    canned Campbells chicken noodle soup. A big can.

    Tracy

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    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Potluck today!

    In article <hr4msd$o4s$[email protected]>,
    Tracy <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Omelet wrote:
    >
    > >
    > > I think the only thing that sometimes annoys me (mildly mind you! It's
    > > not a big deal!) is people that bring commercial products like grossery
    > > store chicken salad, etc.
    > >

    >
    > We had frequent potlucks at my former place of employment. We also
    > had cook-outs during the summer. One co-worker ALWAYS brought canned
    > corn. Not even kidding. We had a "Soup Day" once and she brought
    > canned Campbells chicken noodle soup. A big can.
    >
    > Tracy


    Sounds like she was trying to make a point. ;-)
    I wish people would understand that the most impressive dishes were home
    made by people trying to make an impression.<g>

    This morning, I asked our one tech from India the recipe for her Potato
    curry puffs. She did not mention proportions which as all of us know
    that cook, is typical of the best of dishes and I more or less told her
    that by not asking!

    Cardemon, Turmeric, Onion, Garam Masala, potatoes, Thai Chili, all
    cooked together in cooking oil (she did not say but I presume it was
    Ghee since she denied the use of Olive oil when I asked about it) all
    wrapped up in Pepperidge Farm "puff pastry" and baked for 10 minutes per
    side. She specifically mentioned the brand she used for the pastry shell.

    She served it with one tart and one hot Chutney.

    I normally do not care much for Indian cooking, but I'm slowly learning
    better, mostly due to people like her and foodforu.ca :-)
    The weekly recipe video has been Indian food now for awhile and it's
    familiarizing me with Indian spices.

    Fiesta in Austin has a really good selection I plan to start playing
    with shortly. Both dad and I are getting to be a bit bored with my usual
    cooking lately.
    --
    Peace! Om

    Web Albums: <http://picasaweb.google.com/OMPOmelet>
    *Only Irish *coffee provides in a single glass all four *essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar *and fat. --Alex Levine

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    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: Potluck today!

    Tracy wrote:
    > Omelet wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> I think the only thing that sometimes annoys me (mildly mind you!
    >> It's not a big deal!) is people that bring commercial products like
    >> grossery store chicken salad, etc.


    > We had frequent potlucks at my former place of employment. We also
    > had cook-outs during the summer. One co-worker ALWAYS brought canned
    > corn. Not even kidding. We had a "Soup Day" once and she brought
    > canned Campbells chicken noodle soup. A big can.


    I worked with someone like that. He'd bring the cheapest product he
    could find just to say he brought something. Like he'd brag he found a
    $1 pound cake mix to bring. He'd make the cake, don't get me wrong,
    but his stated goal was to spend as little as possible.

    This was the same guy who'd glom as much of the stuff other people
    brought as he could fit on a plate.

    A can of corn, that might be the absolute least amound of money one
    could spend and still meet the rules of bringing food to a potluck.

    nancy

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    Lou Decruss Guest

    Default Re: Potluck today!

    On Tue, 27 Apr 2010 07:34:57 -0400, "Nancy Young"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Tracy wrote:
    >> Omelet wrote:
    >>
    >>>
    >>> I think the only thing that sometimes annoys me (mildly mind you!
    >>> It's not a big deal!) is people that bring commercial products like
    >>> grossery store chicken salad, etc.

    >
    >> We had frequent potlucks at my former place of employment. We also
    >> had cook-outs during the summer. One co-worker ALWAYS brought canned
    >> corn. Not even kidding. We had a "Soup Day" once and she brought
    >> canned Campbells chicken noodle soup. A big can.

    >
    >I worked with someone like that. He'd bring the cheapest product he
    >could find just to say he brought something. Like he'd brag he found a
    >$1 pound cake mix to bring. He'd make the cake, don't get me wrong,
    >but his stated goal was to spend as little as possible.
    >
    >This was the same guy who'd glom as much of the stuff other people
    >brought as he could fit on a plate.
    >
    >A can of corn, that might be the absolute least amound of money one
    >could spend and still meet the rules of bringing food to a potluck.


    People who are cheap like that are usually weird in other ways too.
    Louise worked at a place that had potlucks once a month or so.
    Everyone brought good stuff except one creep who always brought in one
    liter of soda. Not even name brand stuff but whatever brand Aldi or
    whoever had on sale that week.

    They ordered pizza once in awhile and send a memo out to see who was
    going to be there. Sometimes the company paid and sometime they all
    chipped in a few bucks for it. Before he'd commit he wanted to know
    who was paying. If they were chipping in he'd pass. After lunch he'd
    go in the lunch room to see what was leftover and eat it. Once there
    was a lot leftover and he had the balls to ask if he could take it
    home.

    Jimmy John's opened a store a few doors down and brought over a large
    bag of free sandwiches to get business going. Not only did he go on a
    feeding frenzy he put a few sandwiches in his desk drawer to take
    home.

    What a jerk. He didn't know or care everyone made fun of him.

    Lou


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    cshenk Guest

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    "Nancy Young" wrote

    > I worked with someone like that. He'd bring the cheapest product he
    > could find just to say he brought something. Like he'd brag he found a
    > $1 pound cake mix to bring. He'd make the cake, don't get me wrong, but
    > his stated goal was to spend as little as possible.


    Ah ours are so different! We actually DO brag a bit if we got a killer
    sale. Several of our little group that do this all summer long are on
    limited incomes so they may use cans but they make up nice stuff from them.

    Janieece (phonetic) just left. I got back from San Diego today so tomorrow
    is a weekend potluck/cookout. She's got 4 kids and her husband just got
    'busted' for something silly. Good timing for me (sucks for them) as I
    overbought chicken and a few other things so we just filled her freezer.

    Heheh Don just finished helping her cart over: 15 lbs of chicken legs and
    thighs, 1 quart frozen chicken stock, 1/2 cup bacon grease, 1/4 cup duck
    fat, about 3/4 cup fresh lavender (if you mush it down, grows wild in my
    front yard), a bag of pasta, 5-6 cups basmati rice (tired of it), small bag
    AP flour, about 1 cup dry milk powder (makes a couple of gallons I guess), a
    2 lb block of frozen cheese (yellow, nothing special but she's got a cheese
    hound there who carried it big eyed back all on his own), a bottle of spiced
    vinegar (had 2 by accident), 1 cup sugar and 3 packs of koolaide, my
    popsicle freezer (fruit juice, koolaide, whatever), and some onions.

    Janieece is making her milk soaked breaded chicken bits. These are little
    critters that are almost like hushpuppies with a small center of sweet
    chicken. Much better than they sound! She's got an excellent hand with the
    spices to get it *dead on perfect*.

    Arthur's bringing ketchup, BBQ sauce and rubs, and a mess'o'fresh green
    beans to go in my steamer. Mary is bringing about 3 quarts of blue-crab
    spicy soup (cheap here, expensive elsewhere but they are practically
    crawling up on the shore here due to overcrowding below). Jean is bringing
    2 hungry kids, a hungry hubbie, 3 strawberry pies (oohh! I can't wait!) and
    some ice cream. I've got 2 racks of pork ribs defrosting for Arthur's
    saucing. Breadmaker just beeped. A rye/white mix. I'll have lots of
    butter on hand as well.

    It someone showed up here with just a can of corn, we'd first worry but
    'uninvite' later if they were just being cheap. If however they showed up
    with the fanciest cassarole sorta thing they knew how to make and we knew it
    was 'lack of funds' we'd start showing them (kindly) some cooking skills and
    how to adapt from what ya have.



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