Next Sunday, our church has a covered dish luncheon planned. I have had my mind going all day trying to decide on my contribution. It's difficult. My Deep-South raised mind immediately goes to the "classics" like green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese, or broccoli casserole. Even though I know there will several of these from various people of the congregation, it's hard not to want to dive into a big ol' creamy casserole. If anyone out there is trying to pretend that they don't agree, well, all I can say is "shame on you!"
The classics are classics because everyone loves them. Some will proclaim it from the mountain-tops, others will covertly admit their casserole love to a trusted friend, some will flat out lie and rebuke the casserole, knowing in their heart that they'd scarf one down in a heartbeat if they could do so undetected, and some (sadly) really don't actually like them. Those poor souls with the mixed up taste buds! My late mother-in-law Mimi once told me, "Every good Southern dish begins with a can of Cream of Mushroom." I told her then and I'll say it now, "Rock on Mimi!"
Ok, having said all that, there's the other side of my brain that starts imagining all the different, creative, maybe even off the wall dishes that I could present to my fellow church-goers and see how adventurous they are (but not too off the wall-it's church with room temperature fried chicken you know) . After all, we are all good Southern, enlightened and progressive people. So, I wonder, what would they think of my tarragon/pecan/grape chicken salad in phyllo cups as a little appetizer? Or that old crazy casserole that my Aunt Dianne used to make every now and then that had carrots and asparagus in it? Or, what about that sour cream/bacon/green onion potato salad that my father-in-law loves? Or, what about the brussels sprouts/candied pecan and blue cheese salad? I took that to Orangeburg for Thanksgiving one year and my Uncle John said to his wife, "Look honey, brussels sprouts! Around here, that's like a foreign food!"
So, I'm looking for opinions and suggestions. If you were on Death Row and you had a covered dish luncheon to go to for your last meal, what would you want to see on the table? Ok, maybe that's a bit macabre, but you get my drift. Speak up!