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May 11, 2011 9:03 am 
Updated: May 12, 2011 8:13 am
OK, some of you have been asking so I'll tell you our rotation. What has worked and what hasn't:
  • Italian with Red Sauce - we intentionally leave it open ended like that so we have the flexibility to improv according to sale items.This one works every time, and I still refuse to serve spaghetti! We serve baked garlic bread sticks and a garden salad with this one.
  • Taco Night - Another killer! We set out a full fledged taco bar with all the fixings. Along with the obvious, we serve re-fried beans, cheese sauce and nachos, and for amusement, we serve tater tots sprinkled with taco seasoning (south of the border fries)!
  • Ham and Scalloped Potatoes - This is an old favorite, get's the older population out of their houses and up to church on a Wednesday evening! Served with a vegetable of some sort, dinner rolls, and a garden salad.
  • Breakfast - By far the most popular! Scrambled eggs, hash browns, pancakes/french toast, sausage gravy and biscuits. We even cut up some french toast into sticks for the kids. Here's one you'll have to try, we make rice crispy bars using different types of cereal; fruit loops, etc. Those never make it to the end of the night.
  • Soup and Salad - This is a fun one because we have people donate crock pots of soup. Of course, we make big batches as well, but people love to try different types. For salads, we still do a garden, but also pasta salads, jello salads, let your imagination go!!
  • Sub and Salads -  Same type of salads as previously mentioned, but they build their own subs! We'll serve chips or fries with this one to to mix it up a bit. 
  This is not a complete list of the ones that work, but it's long enough for now. Next time I'll complete the "what worked" list and start the "what didn't" list. Remember, if you're cooking you're happy!
May 11, 2011 9:48 am
I just read your three blogs and thoroughly enjoyed them, DASTUBBS. You're imaginative, resourceful and and didicated to your projects. I feel you've accomplished quite a feat with these dinners. Kudos to you and you're absolutely correct; if you're cooking you're happy!
May 11, 2011 11:19 am
Thanks DASTUBBS, I enjoy your Blog and have been hoping you would post "What Works" and look forward to hearing more.
May 12, 2011 8:13 am
hello! i just read your blogs & glad you started blogging! :) i'm actually fairly new to AR but not to the love of food... lol my husband & i are pastors & i found what you do for the church very interesting. i've always found cooking for a crowd intimidating, so i look forward to more posts ideas/suggestions. this definitely sounds like something we'd like to try! thanks! :)
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