Let's have some fun. Here is your scenario!
You get a call today that 20-25 people are showing up at your house Saturday for an impromptu and unscheduled reunion. EEK!!!!
They are all coming from out of town, so they will not have access to stoves and refrigerators - so no one is bringing anything. I know they could buy something - but for our scenario let's say no.
Here is the catch - you have to use what you HAVE and NO MONEY is to be spent!!!!
What do you do? You have time to thaw out foods. You have time to check your inventories. You have time to get ideas from others.
I know there are some who are thinking - no way. Others have this covered. You may make a couple things or you may make several. I bet there are more options than you can think of at this moment.
Checked my inventory and here is some of what I have to use.
Corn, beans of all sorts, carrots, potatoes, asparagus, tomatoes of all kinds (canned), zucchini (froze), peas, mushrooms. Consider using in soups and casseroles, making bean salad, potato salad, just mixing and eating cold with homemade dressing
Beef, ground beef, turkey, chicken, sausage (couple types), hotdogs, pork, tuna, salmon, Spam, ham bones, pepperoni, summer sausage, bacon, sliced sandwich meats - lots of broth
Fresh apples, canned peaches, apples, pears, cherries, pineapple, lots of juices, mincemeat, blackberries, dates, craisins and raisins, frozen bananas
Eggs, butter, sour cream, milk, various cheeses
Flour, sugar, spices, baking supplies, cereal, oats, marshmallows, pasta (all types), rice's and rice mixes, dry bouillon, dried onions, soup mixes, tortillas, baking mixes, crackers (a few types), some snack chips, nuts, dried noodles, tons of dry beans/peas/lentils, canned soups
Tea (hot or cold), coffee, Kool-Aid, fruit juices, water
DESSERT: (could make)
Cakes, brownies, cookies, sweet breads, Jello fixed in many ways, fudge, pudding, pie, crisp, cobbler, Krispy treats, no bake cookies, etc.
Pasta sauce, pizza sauce, salsa, can make gravy of all kinds
Mustard, catsup, mayo, pickles and olives, relish, can make tartar sauce or cocktail sauce, BBQ sauce, jellies of all kinds
WHAT to make?
Keep it simple -
Chili, soup beans, any type soup, casseroles (no limits), pizzas, chicken and noodles, spaghetti & sauce, lasagna or biscuits and gravy - (or grill out)
Think about making biscuits, easy bread (beer bread would be my choice), tortillas
Make a dip from sour cream or hummus from beans, can mix salsa/chili & cheese for dip (remember you can make sour cream if you have cottage cheese).
Appetizers - sliced cheeses/lunch meats, tuna salad, pigs in a blanket or veggie bites (relish plate) with crackers or chips, etc...….
I think I could make all sorts of things, but would probably stick to 2 or 3 large pot items, with sides of biscuits or bread/crackers, maybe appetizers, desserts and drinks.
Could you do the challenge? What would be on your menu?
I know some may not have a lot of options - but it is fun to think about what you DO HAVE and WAYS you could use it and stretch it.
Let's play - what say you???????
This should be fun - I look forward to seeing what you come up with.