Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Potluck Noodle Mush
I've seen (& eaten, *shudder*) some gnarly looking foods at church potlucks over the years. My friend Mary Beth hated them so much that when we were putting a church cookbook together she submitted a recipe for Potluck Noodle Mush. I wish I could find it, but I do remember some of it. It consisted of boiling a box of whatever noodle you want until it turns to goo, and then mixing it with a can of cream of something soup, any variety will do. And if you have cream of mushroom and cream of chicken, well just go ahead and throw both in because it really makes no difference. Top with whatever stale potato chip you have on hand and bake til crunchy. I don't remember the rest, but it was both hilarious & true.
I have to admit, I still miss those gatherings. Our church doesn't do potluck dinners, which I think is a shame. They get a little brave now & again, and do a dessert potluck, usually when we have a congregational meeting. I'd like to see them take a real chance, and maybe risk that someone could show up with a tray of Kraft mac & cheese with sliced hot dogs. I guess I can't harang them about this, since I honestly don't know why they don't do potluck dinners. They could have a good reason. I do get that my previous church was really focused on social events, and not so much with scripture teaching. That is why we left, after all. (Though they have a true community within their members, which I must give them credit for.) But I'd love a happy meeting of these two things. And I do promise not to bring any 'special' brownies.