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POF:
Lakehouse Sally is hosting Easter.  DH has challenged me to stop whining about it and to be proactive.... and he's right.

its going to be a big group, Sally will be overwhelmed and the meal will be at an odd time.  While not a potluck - we all bring things, I am going to be proactive and offer to bring things before she asks ( usually it is at last minute ).

We always enjoy appetizers and I like making them ...

She has told us 2:30 - but I am not sure if it was eating time or arrival time - I think we will probably eat around 4:30.

I usually bring the same old same old appetizers: Cheeseball, Shrimp cocktail, veggie dip.

No allergies - we are a pretty diverse group - what would you suggest ? Nothing too fiddly - I have a 45 minute drive.  I can handle a hot dip with my crockpot and an insulated box.

I would love to hear what you suggest ! Thanks

Katana_Geldar:
Crostini is easy. Get a French stick or baguette sliced in the slicer from a bakery. Spraw them down with olive oil both sides and add salt and pepper. Put the, in the oven on medium until they're nice and crispy!

WillyNilly:
Best dip ever (recipe is on the bottle of Frank's Red Hot)

2 cups cooked chicken (I liked canned for this, otherwise use shredded or cubed)
8oz cream cheese (low fat ok)
1/2 cup crumbed blue cheese
1/2 cup blue cheese dressing
1/2 cup hot sauce

Put the cream cheese in an oven safe dish. Mix in the rest of the ingredients. Bake for 20 minutes at 350.

I'm sure this could be amended to be cooked in the crock pot, otherwise just transfer it to the crock pot and then serve warm.

Good with tortilla chips, crackers or toasted baguette slices, or carrot and celery sticks. Seriously this is good with just a spoon!

Rohanna:
Deviled eggs to match the Easter theme? You could colour the fillings with different things (paprika? Wasabi? Tumeric?) to add the the theme :P

Library Dragon:
1.  The Word's Easiest Shrimp Salad

1 pound cooked, peeled, medium shrimp
1 jar marinated artichoke hearts, guartered
1 jar marinated mushrooms

Drain the artichoke hearts and mushrooms.  Mix the artichoke hearts, mushrooms, and shrimp in a bowl. Cover and chill for at least an hour.  The seasonings from the the artichokes and mushrooms will flavor the shrimp.

I make this for parties and have people ask for the recipe.

2.  Baked Cheese Bread

Make bread dough or buy pizza dough.
1 pound havarti cheese, shredded
1 pound Swiss cheese, shredded
1 Tbs fresh chives, finely chopped
2 eggs
2 Tbs butter, cut into small pieces
Butter and flour for pan
Cake pan

While your dough is in the first rise mix prepare the rest of the ingredients and mix together.
Rub your cake pan with butter and dust with flour.
Roll out your dough into a large circle. 
Place dough in cake pan, as you would a pie crust, but don't trim. 
Fill with the cheese mixture.  Fold bread dough over cheese, completely enclosing.

Bake for 30 min at 350F.  Let cool before cutting wedged slices.

I like this better than baked Brie.  It's not as runny.  It's filling, so don't eat too much before supper.
Play with cheeses you like.  Munster is good.  I've made it with cheddar and put a Lille chili powder in the dough.

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