I went to a family reunion yesterday in Danvers, Illinois...near Bloomington & a little ways away from Peoria. It's always interesting to see what people bring to a summer potluck picnic. I was surprised with this one that there were so many hot dishes, it being about 90 degrees or so. In Milwaukee here, a basic picnic would include: brats and/or hamburgers and/or chicken on the grill, potato salad, coleslaw, chips, fruit salad, beer (duh) and pie and watermelon.
Here were some of the items on the table at the reunion:
-taco salad, with a bottle of Western dressing on the side
-red & yellow sliced homegrown tomatoes (awesome)
-three kinds of cheesy potato casserole
-gooseberry pie (soooo good, wow)
-a plate of naked Polish sausages
-meatloaf (with lots of ketchup on top)
-little paper cups of blueberries
-sliced fresh peaches with pecans on top
-little ham & cheddar sandwiches made on hamburger buns
-fried chicken from Wal-Mart (quelle horror)
-frosted sugar cookies
-sweet and unsweetened tea, lemonade & coffee
I made some black bean & corn salsa. I wish someone would have BBQed or something, but it was so hot, and many of the people there were really, really old, and didn't want to worry about the grill. Whatever. What do you usually have at your reunions?