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PDX "seasonal holiday of your choice" potluck dinner
posted December 4, 2012 9:27 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat December 22 at 5:00 PM, Greg_Ace's house
4414 Southeast Center Street, Portland, OR, USA (Map & Directions)
Open invitation to any Portland Mefites who for whatever reason aren't planning to spend the holiday otherwise occupied visiting or being visited by relatives, and are interested in getting together during the weekend of Dec. 22nd - or perhaps 29th? - for a relaxed and calorie-filled nondenominational dinner. I'd be willing to host, as well as roast or smoke meat of some sort. People could bring side-dishes / desserts / drinks - you know, the usual. We can toast the season, have some fun, and avoid sitting home alone in the dark drinking box wine and feeling maudlin and sorry for ourselves! Yay!
And I'm willing to promise NO DAMN CHRISTMAS MUSIC.
posted by Greg_Ace to Meetup (65 comments total)

You had me at NO DAMN CHRISTMAS MUSIC.

I'm up for it, so long as we're in town on the particular day.
posted by nickthetourist at 9:23 AM on December 5, 2012


Will the banner read:Christma-Rama-Ka-Dona-Kwanza?
posted by vespabelle at 12:36 PM on December 5, 2012


I'll be around all Christmas, so I'm game for this.
posted by Lutoslawski at 1:01 PM on December 5, 2012


Will the banner read: Christma-Rama-Ka-Dona-Kwanza?

No! That would be silly.

Instead, it will read "IGNORE Christma-Rama-Ka-Dona-Kwanza".
posted by Greg_Ace at 1:54 PM on December 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


I've just counted my available letters, and have determined that I don't have near enough vowels for that particular banner without relating to unthinkably foul chicanery - turning V's into A's, for example. Never shall I stoop to such depths of imposture!! (imagine me righteously waggling my forefinger here) Instead I regret to inform one and all that we'll have to come up with another idea. Or, cancel Christma-Rama-ka-Dan-a-Kwanzaa.
posted by Greg_Ace at 7:47 PM on December 5, 2012


Instead I regret to inform one and all that we'll have to come up with another idea. Or, cancel Christma-Rama-ka-Dan-a-Kwanzaa.

Perhaps salvation can be found in a banner producing dot-matrix printer!

Oh, I can hear that print head now....
posted by nickthetourist at 9:03 PM on December 5, 2012


Oh, I can hear that print head now....
posted by Greg_Ace at 9:27 PM on December 5, 2012


There's definitely some interest in this, so...does the 22nd or 23rd work for everyone? Is there a better day to do it?
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:20 AM on December 6, 2012


Both of those days work equally well for me.
posted by Lutoslawski at 1:52 PM on December 6, 2012


I'm thinking the 22nd.
posted by nickthetourist at 4:32 PM on December 6, 2012


22! Let us do it.
posted by Lutoslawski at 5:39 PM on December 6, 2012


December 22 - going once, going twice ...
posted by Greg_Ace at 6:06 PM on December 6, 2012


Sounds good.
posted by curious nu at 3:58 PM on December 7, 2012


Could we fest this up with a cookie exchange or white elephant gifts?
posted by fiercekitten at 8:26 PM on December 7, 2012


Sure, why not?

Also, confirmed.
posted by Greg_Ace at 12:32 PM on December 8, 2012


Which one - cookies?
posted by fiercekitten at 10:46 AM on December 9, 2012


I don't think that's something I can dictate or plan; it's up to everyone to build a consensus on doing either, or both. What do you say, guys? I'm leaning toward cookies, myself.
posted by Greg_Ace at 11:53 AM on December 9, 2012


I'll be making cookies anyway so that's why I mentioned it.
posted by fiercekitten at 9:19 AM on December 10, 2012


I'm assuming that if the world ends on the 21st that this will be cancelled. If it does happen, I can probably manage some type of cookie, although they may not be proper "Christmas" cookies.
posted by mimo at 10:21 AM on December 10, 2012


mimo: You're saying, we should have it on the 20th instead and really blow it out?

fiercekitten: Cookies are cool. I encourage cookies!
posted by Greg_Ace at 7:36 PM on December 10, 2012


What I'm saying is that I'm not going to bother to bake cookies until I know the world will still be around for them to be eaten in.
posted by mimo at 6:28 AM on December 11, 2012


I'm guessing we'll be safe to savor our cookies at leisure.

Then again, if I'm wrong, nobody will be attending dinner that Saturday to say "I told you so"!
posted by Greg_Ace at 9:13 AM on December 11, 2012


If I come, my vote is for cookie exchange! But yeah, seeing as the world may end or be in the process of ending, I have to leave this as a "maybe".
posted by Secretariat at 10:35 AM on December 11, 2012


Man, I am going to be there even IF the world ends.
posted by curious nu at 12:00 PM on December 11, 2012


I heard on the radio yesterday that the modern-day Mayans are actually unaware of this impending doom. That being the case, I am looking forward to cookies.
posted by nickthetourist at 6:12 PM on December 11, 2012


Well, nobody better tell them or we're all done for.
posted by mimo at 6:16 PM on December 11, 2012


I think somebody did. And they laughed it off.
posted by nickthetourist at 11:38 PM on December 12, 2012


Well, along with cookies, what else shall we eat? I'm happy to smoke some pig, unless folks would rather have roast turkey or chicken or ham, or whatever. Suggestions?
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:32 PM on December 15, 2012


Roast pig sounds damn fine to me.
posted by nickthetourist at 10:58 PM on December 15, 2012


As in ham, or pork roast? I could do either one. Any other suggestions/requests?
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:32 AM on December 17, 2012


I could go for either one, but I'm leaning towards pork roast.
posted by nickthetourist at 12:09 PM on December 17, 2012


Who has what dietary allergies/restrictions/prohibitions?
posted by curious nu at 6:07 PM on December 17, 2012


Just make stuff and label it. There's bound to be someone allergic to any one given thing anyway.
posted by fiercekitten at 6:26 PM on December 17, 2012


PORK ROAST
Ingredients: pork.
posted by Greg_Ace at 6:58 PM on December 17, 2012


Should I bring my Cards Against Humanity Holiday pack (along with exp. 1 & 2)?
posted by nickthetourist at 7:26 PM on December 18, 2012


No need - I've got an amended original deck along with 1st / 2nd / Christmas expansions already.

Unless Sibrax decides to steal them again.
Kidding! Kidding!!
posted by Greg_Ace at 7:50 PM on December 18, 2012


Ok then.
posted by nickthetourist at 8:24 PM on December 18, 2012


I figure if the world ends we'll just switch the location from Greg's house to Sto-vo-kor.
posted by cortex at 9:41 AM on December 19, 2012


For food sensitivities- while there are some things I don't like, and some mild allergies, there's nothing that will actually kill me, so maybe I'm a little cavalier about these things. I agree, though- probably just mention if there's nuts or dairy, or be prepared to be quizzed about the ingredients?

Pork Roast (or ham, if that was the decision) sounds great!

I'll probably bring some cookies that have butter in them. And maybe some dilly beans, or something else savory if I get inspired.
posted by Secretariat at 9:52 AM on December 19, 2012


I figure if the world ends we'll just switch the location from Greg's house to Sto-vo-kor.

Can we swing by Valhalla on the way? I hear they have good food there. Plenty of pigs for everyone.
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:18 AM on December 19, 2012


Don't be ridiculous, Valhalla was just a corruption and co-opting of Sto-vo-kor by the Viking Catholic Church to get cultural buy-in from the indigenous Klingons of the north.
posted by cortex at 10:22 AM on December 19, 2012


It's all good. As long as there's feasting.
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:55 AM on December 19, 2012


Okay, we're bringing a mushroom lasagna (containing mushrooms, dairy, and wheat) and some kind of baked treats. And some kind of beverage, I just remembered about that.
posted by curious nu at 1:58 PM on December 21, 2012


Hmm, the baked goods are likely to contain nuts, dairy, and wheat. May have to rethink that.
posted by mimo at 3:38 PM on December 21, 2012


I'm bringing rolls, scalloped potatoes and brownie cookies, so there's probably something to kill everyone in there.
posted by fiercekitten at 4:58 PM on December 21, 2012


Death by Chocolate via hulu
posted by fiercekitten at 4:59 PM on December 21, 2012


You're bound and determined to make sure the Mayans get us one way or another, eh fiercekitten?
posted by Greg_Ace at 7:38 PM on December 21, 2012


Bringing a salad. Looking forward to it!
posted by homodachi at 11:08 PM on December 21, 2012


Most likely coming. Most likely bringing broccoli salad and baked beans. Apparently <24 hours away is still not close enough for me to be entirely certain of much these days.

For cookies, wondering if it's ok with people to use chocolate that may have trace bits of pistachios? Left over from dipping other cookies, thinking to use it, but can use uncontaminated chocolate if the other would be a problem for anyone.
posted by dorey_oh at 12:36 AM on December 22, 2012


Pistachios are a nut that historically has made me itchy- like, if you handed me a pistachio I would say "no thanks" and hand it back- but I don't know if trace amounts would really register. I routinely eat things that have that "this was processed in a facility that also processes nuts" warning without a problem. I also don't have to eat every single kind of cookie present!
posted by Secretariat at 9:23 AM on December 22, 2012


I have to eat every single kind of cookie present. It's in my contract.

On the bright side, no apparent food allergies.
posted by cortex at 9:46 AM on December 22, 2012


Okay, new seasons was sampling an INSANE baked Brie, so I'm bringing one of them too.
posted by homodachi at 3:14 PM on December 22, 2012


OMG BRIE YES OMG
posted by Greg_Ace at 4:30 PM on December 22, 2012


Yum. We are on the way. Brie Ho!
posted by Secretariat at 4:51 PM on December 22, 2012


On my way, traffic worse than expected. Will get there eventually, don't eat all the Brie without me!
posted by dorey_oh at 5:22 PM on December 22, 2012


Sooo full. Too much good food. Thanks everyone.
posted by mimo at 9:45 PM on December 22, 2012


Thanks to everyone for making this such a fun tasty success! Today I'm going to just sit around and nurse a food hangover...oh god so much rich delicious yummies...
posted by Greg_Ace at 11:29 AM on December 23, 2012


A great time! And I have so many cookies. And that baked brie was insane. How was it packaged, in case I need to try to recreate that sometime- did you choose the tasty fruit stuff that was on it, or was that something sold with it?

(I tried to post this yesterday but metafilter's server issues weren't letting me make an IRL comment.)
posted by Secretariat at 12:03 PM on December 23, 2012


There was some mention of cider and cider presses- this is a thing that happened down the street from me this year, and I think they have plans to do it again next year. So depending on how many apples you have, this might be worth it to avoid the rental cost and cleanup associated with doing the pressing at your own place.
posted by Secretariat at 12:11 PM on December 23, 2012


Cool, thanks for the heads-up!
posted by Greg_Ace at 2:44 PM on December 23, 2012


Hey Greg_Ace, did I leave a dish at your house? Missing a little glass bowl with a white lid - it had toasted pine nuts for the broccoli salad. Please do eat the nuts if you'd like, and I'll pick up the bowl next time I make it to a meetup. This one was great - so much good food!
posted by dorey_oh at 11:44 AM on December 24, 2012


Yup, it's here. I meant to let you know but I was too food-coma'd to remember to send a MeMail! Remind me of it at the next meetup you come to.

In other news, I'm finally almost hungry again today. Merry (burp) Christma-Hanukka-Rama-ka-Dan-a-Kwanzaa! We showed them Mayans, eh? WOOOOOO!!
posted by Greg_Ace at 11:56 AM on December 24, 2012


Amazing people, amazing food. Thanks guys!

Secretariat: the Brie was already par-baked in puff pastry; you just heat it up at 350 for 15m. It was behind the cheese counter; $9 iirc.

The jam was what they sampled with it; a blackberry/poppy flower mix (and really made the dish, imo). I'll update with the brand/more info when I get back to pdx later in the week.
posted by homodachi at 9:53 PM on December 24, 2012


Maison de Monaco blackberry & poppy flower preserves. I thought there would be a secret ingredient b/c it tasted really luxe, but no, just fruit/poppy/sugar/pectin. The label mentions that they use very little sugar.

Okay, done hijacking the thread. :P
posted by homodachi at 2:29 PM on December 29, 2012


Excellent, thanks for the brie preserves update!
posted by Secretariat at 5:52 PM on December 29, 2012



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