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Old 08-22-2008, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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So our street is having a block party this weekend. It is very geared toward kids. Chick-Fil-A is bringing chicken, all drinks are provided etc...Even numbered houses are bringing desserts and the odd numbered homes are to bring a side dish...We need a side. What should I bring? Something kid friendly and good (and easy)....I thought about Mac and Cheese but I heard people are bringing that already...
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Old 08-22-2008, 07:03 AM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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How about a BLT Pasta salad? Crumbled bacon, halved grape tomatoes, shredded lettuce tossed with pasta and dressed with mayo, salt, and pepper.
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Old 08-22-2008, 07:08 AM
 
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How about watermelon?
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Old 08-22-2008, 07:08 AM
 
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YUM!! Can you give me specifics?? Like how much mayo??
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Old 08-22-2008, 07:19 AM
 
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YUM!! Can you give me specifics?? Like how much mayo??


Sorry, I'm strictly a TLAR (ThatLooksAboutRight) kinda cook I don't think there's really an amount written in stone, it will depend on how much juice the tomatoes give off, the absorbency of the pasta, the consistency you like, etc., etc., etc........

Make it with whole-wheat pasta and claim 'healthy eating'
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Old 08-22-2008, 07:29 AM
 
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First instinct is to say fries, but I don't know how you'd pull that off...not really picnic food, but a child's favorite side dish. I vote for chips. You might do something fun like getting different flavors & colors and mix them together creating a colorful display.
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Old 08-22-2008, 07:44 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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How about a bowl of fresh cut up fruits..a few kinds of melon, strawberries, kiwi, berries? Everybody likes it and it's colorful.
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Old 08-22-2008, 07:52 AM
 
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Here's the recipe a friend of mine makes:
BLT Macaroni Salad

2c. uncooked elbow macaroni
5 green onions, finely chopped
1 large tomato, diced or use grape tomatoes
1 1/4c. diced celery
1 1/4c. mayo
5tsp. white vinegar
1/4tsp. salt
1/8-1/4tsp. pepper
1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled.

Cook macaroni according to package directions, drain and rinse in cold water. In a large bowl, combine the macaroni, green onion, tomato and celery. In a small bowl, combine mayo, vinegar, salt and pepper. Pour over macaroni mixture and toss to coat. over and chill for at least 2 hours. Just before serving, add Bacon and stir. YIELD-12 servings

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Old 08-22-2008, 08:01 AM
 
Location: In a house
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A fresh veggie tray with a ranch dip? My kids always loved that and it's healthy. As another poster mentioned--you can't beat fresh fruits! Develed eggs are big with my kids too.
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Old 08-22-2008, 08:44 AM
 
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If you want to do a starchy dish, how about potato wedges? They taste better than fries, are still good when cold, and are great finger food with chicken.

I bake potatoes (or microwave) until nearly done, then let cool enough to handle. Cut into wedges longways, then lay on a baking sheet.

Spray very lightly with olive oil, sprinkle with seasoning (S&P, steak or chicken seasoning, paprika, anything you like), then bake again (at about 400) for 10-20 minutes, depending how brown and crispy you want them.

Serve with a dish of sour cream, bbq, salsa or any dip you like.

You can bake the whole potatoes the day before, then cut and re-bake the wedges just in time for the party.
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