It's not just potluck anymore…

Counting this week, we have made 115 Wednesday meals, ranging from burgers on the grill to turkey and dressing with mashed potatoes and gravy.  Sometimes we have theme dinners: Chinese, Moroccan, Hawaiian Luau, Greek, Italian, or my personal favorite…Retro Night (complete with Pigs in a Blanket, Deviled Eggs, Jello Salads, Pimento Cheese Stuffed Celery, Chicken Hot Dish, and Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce).  Add in the appropriate mood music in the background, decorate the tables as best you can on a shoestring budget, and you can create a little excitement on an otherwise ordinary Wednesday night.

Gotta love the Church Ladies on Retro Night!

We baked up 900 of these cute little Pigs in a Blanket that I purchased at Sam’s Club, and the kids where begging for more!

A Plethora of Jello!  Lemon-lime jello salad with crushed pineapple and cream cheese, Cranberry-apple jello salad, and Orange Parfait jello salad with mandarin oranges.

Here’s a recipe for

Hot Chicken and Chips Retro

27 servings per pan, 18 pans 12x20x2.  Total servings 486

 60# cooked chicken breast strips, diced (3 1/3# per pan)

18 cups chopped green onion  (1 cup)

18 cups chopped red bell pepper (1 cup)

9 cups chopped parsley (1/2 cup per pan)

648 oz water chestnuts (36 oz per pan), drained and chopped

36 cups mayo (2 cups per pan)

18 cups sour cream (1 cups per pan)

4 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice,  (4 oz per pan)

3 1/3 cups Dijon mustard (3 Tbsp per pan)

13 Tbsp black pepper (2 ¼ tsp pepper per pan)

18# shredded cheddar cheese (1# per pan)

9# potato chips, crushed (1/2# per pan)

Combine chicken through water chestnuts.  Whisk together mayo through pepper, and add to chicken mixture.  Stir well to combine.  Spoon into greased casserole dish.  Bake at 375 until warm.  Remove from oven and sprinkle with cheese.  Top cheese evenly with chips and bake until filling is bubbling and chips are golden. May serve with buttered egg noodles.

Buttered Egg Noodles: Make 30# of dried noodles = 375 4 oz servings

(4#/50 servings = 50 4 oz cooked noodles)

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