Tasty Thursday: the beauty of the pitch-in

‘Tis the season for entertaining! I understand that for some people, the thought of entertaining a large group is at worst intimidating and at best not high on their list of favorite things to do. I have two ideas from recent get-togethers at my house that were delicious and easy. So delicious I’d like to have all these people over again each month. The idea? Pitch-in Dinners! Many hands make light work and when you have lots of people pitching in with dinner, you end up with some seriously good eats.

Pitch-in idea #1: Burrito Bowls

Make a list of ingredients and have everyone sign up for two or three. Here’s what we had:

Rice
Two kinds of meat: chicken & beef
Pinto beans
Queso
Guacamole
Toppings: lettuce, cheese, sour cream, and a couple kinds of salsa
Dessert

Pitch-in idea #2: Chili Cook-off

This was the perfect idea for this group of friends because we have lots of kids. There were 18 kids running around that day and not one of them went hungry. Each family brought a crock-pot full of their favorite chili. I supplied toppings, corn bread & dessert. We lined up the crock-pots on the counter and ate the day away. YUM.

In both cases, I supplied disposable bowls, silverware & napkins for easy clean-up. So don’t let the idea of entertaining make you cringe – get a group of friends together and prepare to eat and laugh and enjoy each other’s company!

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