As I mentioned, we had 17 people for dinner. That's a LONG table... Things I learned:
- When you do a pot-luck, everyone will always bring more dishes than you assigned them. When you do pot-luck with more than a handful of people, the number of dishes can get out of hand quickly. :-)
- When serving 17 people (or over 10, really), consider a buffet for the food to allow for more elbow room at the dinner table. It's not as quaint as passing dishes family-style, but it's more orderly and you'll be thankful to be doing fewer dishes. Also, buffets can have heating devices (slow cookers, chafing dishes, etc.), making reheating food that has traveled less of a burden on the kitchen equipment that is already occupied.
- Two turkeys cook faster than one of an equal number of pounds.
- Bread stuffing tastes great with a handful of re-hydrated dried cranberries tossed into it.
- Cranberry sauce from last year's stash (both jellied and whole berry)
- Peach sauce (this one was a hit with one of my wife's cousins)
- Roasted Red Peppers in a delicious Roasted Red Pepper Dip
With that, I'll leave you with some photos from the day...