This week the 4 Moms are talking about having guests for dinner. Not in a cannibalistic way – which would be forbidden in the Bible – but in a hospitality way, which is actually commanded in the Bible.
Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. ~I Peter 4:9
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. ~Hebrews 13:2
No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the saints, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds. ~I Timothy 5:9-10
We love to have company: the more, the better! Perry’s family has always been exceedingly hospitable, having company nearly every Sunday. My own family has had a midweek fellowship for at least 20 years. We inherited it when Dad and Mom moved out of state a few years ago, and we have continued to the present, hosting potlucks of 30-60 people nearly every Tuesday.
While it’s no big deal to feed a few extra mouths with our own crew, potlucks are my favorite way to entertain, both at home and abroad. I love that it lends itself well to large groups, but it also allows everyone to contribute on their own level, sharing their favorites and specialties with those around them. It’s also a fun way to garner new ideas and recipes, and the fact that the food is generally prepared beforehand allows participants more free time for fellowship.
Nearly anything that can go in a crockpot is a good recipe for potluck meals – mexican casseroles (always a hit, especially if we go heavy on the cheese), homemade creamed corn (just corn in a white sauce; why do kids love corn so much?), chili (my girls are obsessed with one particular recipe that a member of our church brings, chicken of any sort as long as it’s in the shape of a drumstick. Other shapes will work, of course, but all the drumsticks will disappear first. It’s a fact of nature.
Mother Hen and her brood often come, though it’s a long drive. She’s a genius with the crockpot; they’re always good for couple of hearty dishes and some sweets.
No potluck is complete without a salad or three, and you can always count on the health nut to bring one. The nuttier they are, the better and more elaborate the salad will be! 😉 My sister makes a killer salad in a 9×13 with lots of mayo, bacon, cheese and other goodies layered over a lettuce base. Our friends at Plymouth Rock Ranch often bring a huge bowl of varied greens with feta cheese and other treats mixed in and a homemade herbed vinaigrette on the side.
My mom is, of course, the best cook in the world, and when she comes we all rejoice – er, not just because of the food, though that certainly influences us.
One dish I love to serve a group in warm weather is BBQ sandwiches. It’s almost too simple to call a recipe: just slow-cook nearly any meat til it falls apart. We often use pork since it’s inexpensive. We also do this with venison that is too gamy for our taste. You can throw a big bag of chicken parts in the crockpot and debone it when it starts to fall apart. Beef is delicious but expensive these days.
When the meat is fork-tender, shred and add BBQ sauce to taste. I like to add just enough for some mild flavor, then leave the bottle handy so those who prefer a stronger flavor can add their own.
For maximum pleasure, serve on homemade challah rolls.
Now you are invited. What is your favorite warm-weather recipe for company?
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The other moms are talking about it too:
- May 19: Losing baby weight. I guess I need to shed a few more pounds by May 18, huh?
- May 26: Q & A – leave your questions in the comments on my last Q&A.