Family Reunion Meals Made Easy
We just had a wonderful family reunion with my in-laws in Ashton, Idaho.Â It involved staying in a massive cabin with 17 adults and 17 kids, a hike to a nearby waterfall (Mesa Falls), and trip to the gorgeous sand dunes in Saint Anthony. Â We also ate a lot of good food and played a lot of deep belly laughing games.Â To make sure no one person was stuck in the kitchen the entire time, we organized it so each family teamed up with one other to make dinner on one of the nights.Â Breakfast and lunch was set out by the reunion hosts.
Our first night in Ashton we had a hot dog bar with 3-4 different signs instructing you how to make your hot dog special.Â Very cute idea!Â There were toppings to make a Chili Dog, Chicago Dog, American Dog, etc…Â at each station.Â Â It was delicious and all ages were happy with the meal.
MondayÂ night was dutch oven night (and is a skill I admire a lot, for I do not know how to cook in a dutch oven.)Â We had savory chicken and potatoes and for dessert, chocolate cake and peach cobbler.
On the last night, I teamed up with my sister-in-law Kristie to do a Cafe Rio night.Â I was in charge of the shredded pork and rice and Kristie made the chicken and the cilantro-lime dressing.Â Together we diced up all the toppings.Â For dessert Kristie put together an easy ice cream cake that was to DIE for.Â
I did not take a picture, but it was a combination of these two ice cream cakes.Â There were layers of mint ice cream sandwiches and it was topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce,& caramel sauce drizzled on top with broken pieces of Heath bar.Â Wow.Â It was SO good.
Recipes are below.Â If you are in charge of a reunion dinner this summer, I highly recommend cooking your food ahead of time and freezing it so there is less time spent in the kitchen at the reunion, less to pack and less clean up.Â Â Also, I made my meal ahead of time because I was worried about keepingÂ the pork roastÂ the right temperature during our 4 hour drive to Idaho. I’d hate to be the person at the reunion that gives everyone food poisoning.
Cilantro Lime Dressing
1 cup buttermilk (an easy substitute is 1 cup of milk and 1 egg beaten together)
1 cup mayonnaise
1-2 tomatillos, peel
1 clove garlic minced
1/3 bunch cillantro, chopped
1/2 tsp lime juice
1/2 small jalapeno, seeds removed
Blend ingredients together in a blender. Add additional mayonnaise if dressing is too thin. Keep refrigerated. This sauce will not do well frozen. I will figure out a way to make it possible to freeze because this is my favorite part of them meal. It is the mayonnaise that does not freeze well, so I will try substituting in plain yogurt or sour cream.
Serve in the following order:
Tortillas, Shredded cheese, Chicken or Pork, Black or Pinto Beans, Lime Rice, Red and Green Leaf Lettuce, shredded, Salsa, Guacamole, Fresh Cilantro, Parmesan cheese, Fresh lime slice, Cilantro Lime Dressing, Enjoy!
Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
Yield (1 9 by 13 ice cream cake)Â We made two of these to serve 17 adults and 17 kids
24 ice cream sandwiches
1 family sized container of Cool Whip
1 jar caramel sauce
1 bag of Heath Bits (baking section) or 4 smashed Skor bars
9 by13 pan (a disposable deep baking pan is the best)
1. Unwrap and cover entire bottom of pan with ice cream sandwiches.
2. Spread Cool Whip over top of bars, reserving half for the second layer.
3. Drizzle with caramel sauce and chocolate syrup.
4. Sprinkle with Heath bits.
5. Repeat above, beginning with the ice cream sandwiches, topping off with remaining Heath Bits.
6. Freeze. Remove from freezer approximately 10 minutes prior to serving. ENJOY!
Thank you Sandiegocooks.blogspot.com for the picture of the heath bar cake and the recipe.
Thank you also Tasteofhome.com for the ice cream cake picture.