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I had a conversation earlier today which touched on scary foods encountered at church potluck dinners (also known as pitch-ins). My parents' church had potluck dinners upon any excuse, so I went to a lot of them growing up and was exposed to a miriad of unusual items, many of which were someone's beloved speciality. My vote for weirdest goes to Pepsi Salad. I can't remember the name of the lady who always made this, but I can still hear her soft drawl, insisting "Y'all should try it, it's soooo goo-od!"<br><br><br><br>
Pepsi Salad may be a Southern U.S. thing... it consists of Pepsi, black cherry Jell-o, and whatever other crap you want to throw in, like shredded cabbage and canned mixed fruit. As far as I know, it's always black cherry Jell-o, never any other flavor. I tried a tiny bit once... sickly sweet, with a weird texture caused by making gelatin with soda pop. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br>
What scary or weird foods have you encountered at church potlucks? Or family reunions, work pitch-ins, etc. Extra points for gratuitous use of name-brand products, and gold stars for the exceedingly bizarre. And please, if someone mentions your favorite food ("but I LOVE Pepsi Salad!") try to have a sense of humor! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I usually just bring Chili, but I have brought Kitty Litter Cake before. Haven't really encountered anything too weird that I can think of.
 

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I'm not really sure what any of them were since I didn't eat them, but at the holiday potluck at work this year there seemed to be a number of non-dessert items featuring marshmallows, jello and/or whipped cream. Such foods are not a part of my cultural tradition...
 

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I'm not really sure what any of them were since I didn't eat them, but at the holiday potluck at work this year there seemed to be a number of non-dessert items featuring marshmallows, jello and/or whipped cream. Such foods are not a part of my cultural tradition...</div>
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Yeah, those all seem like dessert foods to me, yet (at least where I grew up) many Jell-o concoctions seem to be regarded as legitimate salads... as long as there's shredded carrot or cabbage buried somewhere in it, they can heap on the whipped topping and marshmallows and it's not dessert, it's a healthy vegetable dish! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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This summer while in Northern Michigan I went to a family pig roast with the boy I was with at the time (his family) and his mother made coldcut ham slices (the kind in the package, like oscar meyer stuff) spread with cream cheese and wrapped around a pickle slice, then put a toothpick in and cut into bite sized pieces.<br><br>
His sister also ruined a perfectly good fruit salad by drenching it in some sort of marshmallow fluff based dressing.<br><br>
Ew.
 

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Seems like everything here (the church suppers, family reunion dinners, graduation parties, the Blossom Festival, etc, etc.) is either a crawdaddy boil, a fish fry, or if it has nothing to do with fish or crawdaddies, it's a bbq (even if there is no bbq actually on the premises).<br><br>
There are the standards that will be at any of the above outdoor food fests: coleslaw, potato salad, biscuits, cornbread, pinto beans/blackeyed peas, pea salad, sausage balls, deviled eggs, fruit salad - usually encased in jello, some sort of greens, etc. While most of these are not exactly appetizing, there's not that much that's weird about them.<br><br>
On the other hand, I've seen (and in most cases, eaten) . . . .<br><br><br><br>
Not Pepsi Salad, but 7up Salad! Just like Pepsi Salad, but with 7up and lime jello!<br><br><br><br>
Baconfat Cookies - <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
Glorified Rice - putting fruit, sugar, and whipped cream in rice does NOT make it good. It makes it bad. Really bad.<br><br><br><br>
Baked "Yams"/Sweet Potatoes - ARGH! Sweet potatoes are called that for a reason! They're ALREADY sweet! They don't need marshmallows! Or orange juice! Or anything else! ARR! Stop torturing them! For the love of dog, stop!!<br><br><br><br>
Deep-Fried Macaroni and Cheese - <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:"><br><br><br><br>
Chow-chow - spooky and omnipresent, but damned good on your beans.
 

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My mom's friend used to make this stuff simply called "pumpkin dessert" that consisted of canned pumpkin pie mix (the mix, not the veg alone) mixed with eggs, sweetened condensed milk, melted butter and half a box of yellow cake mix. Then the remainder of the cake mix was made into a crumb topping with more melted butter and crushed nuts. All was baked.<br><br><br><br>
It would make your teeth crack just to look at it.<br><br><br><br>
My mom used to make tacos like this: Unseasoned browned ground beef on a plain corn tortilla topped with ketchup, grated cheddar cheese and a "salad" of iceberg lettuce and chopped tomatoes mixed with lots of mayonnaise. So very very gross.
 

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In Ohio, sometimes it's called a potluck, but the Mennonites call it a carry-in meal. Even at the nursing home where I work, it's called a carry-in meal.<br><br><br><br>
Once a creative woman in my church made dirt pudding (chocolate pudding with crumbled oreos, gummi worms, marshmallows, and a few other things) and set it on the table in a clean toy plastic wheelbarrow with toy plastic shovels to serve it. I must say she gets points for presentation.<br><br><br><br>
The standard Ohio casserole is made from green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and crumbled saltine crackers. It's so well known and accepted that you may get more than one person bringing it to a carry-in meal.<br><br><br><br>
I am the queen of putting unusual food items together, so I'm probably not the best person to ask about strange stuff that shows up at carry-ins... unless you think my stuff is weird. What, you don't like pepper on popcorn or applesauce over mashed potatoes? A shame! Actually, I don't normally take stuff to carry-ins as I'm often at work when the planning happens, so I end up there by accident.
 

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Not Pepsi Salad, but 7up Salad! Just like Pepsi Salad, but with 7up and lime jello!<br><br><br><br>
Baconfat Cookies - <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
Glorified Rice - putting fruit, sugar, and whipped cream in rice does NOT make it good. It makes it bad. Really bad.<br><br><br><br>
Baked "Yams"/Sweet Potatoes - ARGH! Sweet potatoes are called that for a reason! They're ALREADY sweet! They don't need marshmallows! Or orange juice! Or anything else! ARR! Stop torturing them! For the love of dog, stop!!<br><br><br><br>
Deep-Fried Macaroni and Cheese - <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:"><br><br><br><br>
Chow-chow - spooky and omnipresent, but damned good on your beans.</div>
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The legacy of soda pop jell-o salads lives on! I also found a recipe for Mountain Dew salad. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br>
Baconfat Cookies!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><br><br><br><br>
Glorified Rice sounds hurl-worthy!<br><br><br><br>
I agree that it's odd to sweeten sweet potatoes -- those bad boys are best with a little Earth Balance and salt. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:"><br><br><br><br>
Deep-Fried Mac and Cheese? People will fry anything, won't they?<br><br><br><br>
Isn't Chow Chow a kind of pickled cabbage relish? If it's what I'm remembering, it's good stuff. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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My mom's friend used to make this stuff simply called "pumpkin dessert" that consisted of canned pumpkin pie mix (the mix, not the veg alone) mixed with eggs, sweetened condensed milk, melted butter and half a box of yellow cake mix. Then the remainder of the cake mix was made into a crumb topping with more melted butter and crushed nuts. All was baked.<br><br><br><br>
It would make your teeth crack just to look at it.<br><br><br><br>
My mom used to make tacos like this: Unseasoned browned ground beef on a plain corn tortilla topped with ketchup, grated cheddar cheese and a "salad" of iceberg lettuce and chopped tomatoes mixed with lots of mayonnaise. So very very gross.</div>
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The pumpkin dessert sounds like something I might have invented when I was younger. I was always mixing up crap and baking it... never with very edible results, though. Your mom's tacos sound like they'd be at home in <a href="http://www.lileks.com/institute/gallery/spec.html" target="_blank">The Gallery of Regrettable Food.</a> Come to think of it, most of this thread could be considered regrettable food..... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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In Ohio, sometimes it's called a potluck, but the Mennonites call it a carry-in meal. Even at the nursing home where I work, it's called a carry-in meal.<br><br><br><br>
Once a creative woman in my church made dirt pudding (chocolate pudding with crumbled oreos, gummi worms, marshmallows, and a few other things) and set it on the table in a clean toy plastic wheelbarrow with toy plastic shovels to serve it. I must say she gets points for presentation.<br><br><br><br>
The standard Ohio casserole is made from green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and crumbled saltine crackers. It's so well known and accepted that you may get more than one person bringing it to a carry-in meal.<br><br><br><br>
I am the queen of putting unusual food items together, so I'm probably not the best person to ask about strange stuff that shows up at carry-ins... unless you think my stuff is weird. What, you don't like pepper on popcorn or applesauce over mashed potatoes? A shame! Actually, I don't normally take stuff to carry-ins as I'm often at work when the planning happens, so I end up there by accident.</div>
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I didn't know they were also called carry-in meals... that's a neat name. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
We get that same green bean casserole around here, but they usually use those French's Deep Fried Onions on top. I always hated green bean casserole until one of my cousins made it for a family pitch-in and used fresh, steamed green beans instead of the canned I'd always seen used before. Suddenly I loved it! Kirkham started making it with fresh beans and exotic mushrooms... good stuff... of course he always uses the French's onions, because you wouldn't want to get too far from your roots. (I have to admit they're pretty tasty <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:">)
 

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This summer while in Northern Michigan I went to a family pig roast with the boy I was with at the time (his family) and his mother made coldcut ham slices (the kind in the package, like oscar meyer stuff) spread with cream cheese and wrapped around a pickle slice, then put a toothpick in and cut into bite sized pieces.<br><br>
His sister also ruined a perfectly good fruit salad by drenching it in some sort of marshmallow fluff based dressing.<br><br>
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I hope you will forgive me, but those truly sound like white trash hors d'oeuvres. Or is that horse doovers? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Maybe because I'm an Orthodox christian I have never experienced such wonders such as Pepsi salad? My church pitch ins usually consist of some variety of cake and cookies (recognizable and usually without marshmallow) hummus, pita bread, pierogies, sweet bread... I can go on.<br><br><br><br>
Although I turned down something called "mystery cake" apparently it's made with a can of tomato soup and a host of other wierdness that doesn't belong in a cake. From what I understand this is a southern thing?? Then again, I'm a damn yankee who didn't know what biscuits and gravy was until I moved to central Indiana.<br><br><br><br>
Oh here's another vote for quit f*cking up sweet potatos with marshmallows! Marshamallows are barftastic <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:"> on thier own let alone atop sweet potatoes. I prefer them drizzled in jalapeno infused oil and baked until crispy. Ohhhh yummy!<br><br><br><br><br><br>
At the Indiana State fair there was this awful thing that everyone lined up around the block for. Deep Fried twinkees. hmmmm you can rot your teeth and colon all at the same time! Ohhhh fun!
 

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My sister used to put up this "thing" that had coke-cola, red hots and I don't know what else in it. I think it was called "Coke salad" but I can't be sure. I tried my best to avoid the stuff, even when I was omni.<br><br><br><br>
The oddest salad I've come across was the one with lime jello that has carrot shavings suspended in it. I've heard since then that it's a Mormon thing but I don't know about that. It could be that the person was just pulling my leg or something....?<br><br><br><br>
And speaking of salads, my mother used to make this one called "Green sh*t" (yes, that was really the name) that had pistachio pudding mixed with packaged coconut (the stuff that has a gallon of sugar per every 3 shreads), pineapple hunks packed in thick syrup (the thicker, the better <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> ), walnuts, mini marshmellows, and cottage cheese. I ate this stuff growing up and I'm stunned that I'm not mentally damaged in some way (or maybe I am and just don't know it..? Hmmmm)<br><br><br><br>
[rant mode on] Ok, sweet potatoes DO NOT need marshmellows. Not big ones, not minis, not even the pretty pastel coloured ones that melt into an unappitizing tie-dye topping. In fact, all a sweet potato really needs is a knife and a fork. That's it. Nothing else. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hungry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hungry:"> [rant mode off]<br><br><br><br>
Deep-fried twinkies, deep-fried mac N cheese.... I want to <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:">
 

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I hope you will forgive me, but those truly sound like white trash hors d'oeuvres. Or is that horse doovers? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"></div>
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Oh puhleaze! I went to a PIG ROAST! it doesn't get much more white trash than that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><br><br><br><br>
(the boy was good tho)
 

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Ohhh.. I thought of another weird thing.. "ambrosia" the nun at our church used to bring it to all functions. What WAS that? It looked like canned fruit cocktail and some sort of pudding and coconut and mini marshmallows... :-\\ I always refused to eat it.<br><br><br><br>
Did you know they used to make vegetable flavoured jellos? During the rationing for the WW's, people couldn't get many fresh veggies, so Jello put out vegetable gelatins and all sorts of recipes for incorporating them into veggie dishes. ew.
 

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Yeah there was an annual pig roast in my township. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:"> I never went to it though. Poor piggie. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
I have many memories of jello salad. Although it never struck me as unusual at the time.... now it just sounds absurd. I remember someone would always bring a bucket of KFC chicken. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:"> It was always very popular.
 

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At a work picnic potluck, a co-worker brought mayo and jam sandwiches on white bread. You know, the wonderbread variety. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/inquisitive.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":stinkeye:"> Apparently, this particular combination is a favorite of his. Poor guy.
 

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The oddest salad I've come across was the one with lime jello that has carrot shavings suspended in it. I've heard since then that it's a Mormon thing but I don't know about that. It could be that the person was just pulling my leg or something....?</div>
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OMIWORD!!! I used to eat that all the time! I actually liked it, too... and it was a favorite at carry-in meals. I couldn't tell you if it's a Mormon thing, but at least it is not exclusive to Mormons.
 
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