Please let us know if you plan on coming and what you'd like to bring. You can reply to this thread and MLs will update this post. You can bring non-writer family or friends to this social occasion, but please indicate how many people.
What: Kickoff Party
Where:Naperville Municipal Center
Room: BC: this is in the lower level of the center.
What else to bring: a favorite stuffed animal for the group photo
Note you can park in the lower level garage if you're bringing something.
Time: 11:45 AM - 3 PM
If you're aren't sure what to bring, please try to atleast pick a category.
main course in a crock pot or on an electric warming tray
beef stew (crock pot) and rice (2nd crockpot) -- NewMexicoKid
And I'm bringing French Macaroons. And they're going to be AMAZING AND WRITERLY. And not edible, but I'm going to bring my story stones along. (As they'll be done by then.) If y'all are looking for a fun writing thing to do during the potluck, they will be available.
I also vote for beef stew, and maybe plan on serving it over rice, which helps if anyone isgluten-free.
But I doubt you'll need a double recipe. The idea is the more people that come, the more food we have--so the less of each item people take.
If you're eager to cook more, I vote pumpkin-cheesecake AND beef stew.
I just learned how to make awesome potato-spinach rolls with a red sauce topping, but I'm doubtful they'll reheat well. I have to figure that out, before I commit to the food I'm bringing.The coke was stuff leftover from a family reunion, so I plan on bringing something else.
Also, rice is gluten-free. When you're talking about glutenous rice it's not the same thing as gluten.
A recipe I'm making right now (tomato bisque, naturally I'm going to be making grilled cheese when it's done, too) uses long-grain white rice as a thickening agent, actually. It apparently helps thicken up the soup without giving it a seriously starchy taste. Granted, this won't work too well for beef stew since in order for the thickening agent to work, I'm blending it up when I blend up the rest of the soup. :)
This recipe (hearty slow cooker beef stew) sounds interesting, though it uses a cup of flour. I'll have to see about bringing rice with the stew (would I need a second slow cooker to keep the rice hot?).
Note that we will be in rooms BC in the Naperville Municipal Center, not the Lunch Room (I'll update the main post).
P J J Walton wrote:Can you confirm the address of the Naperville Municipal Center? Google Search is driving me bonkers right now! ;)
Located at 400 S Eagle St, Naperville, IL, the Naperville Municipal Center is one block south of the Nichols Library in downtown Naperville. Everyone bringing things to the party can park in the underground parking garage; just enter from the door there and go straight in to reach rooms BC (at the foot of the stairs leading up to the main floor; from the foot of the stairs, rooms BC are to your right).
Hope all is well. I'm feeling "fruit-ish" Will bring a supply of melon bites if they remain in season through Saturday. I believe this will fall under item 5.Naturally gluten-free. However, expect natural carbs.
Hi - my name is Holly (writerbeeme). I am planning on trying tocomefor at least a little while. I think I will bring bread/rolls and probably some cookies. Looking forward to it. I am a new member. First timer!
As much as I'd love to come, I'll be in Texas for a wedding.
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I just have to share--I spent quite a bit of time last night chopping up ingredients and browning the beef for the beef stew. It simmered in the crockpot all night (filled our 6 quart crockpot to the brim!) and I tasted it this morning. Wow--I had made it just last week (in a much smaller portion), but this week's effort seems to be tastier!
Doing last minute prep (made an extra three squids for display)... Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!
2 8oz cans of chunk pineapple in juice NOT SYRUP 2 Peeled and diced bananas 1 Peeled and de-seeded lemon 1 Tablespoon of orange marmalade 2 Teaspoons of ground ginger 1/2 Cup of matcha (green tea) powder 1 Tray of ice-cubes 1 Cup of milk