Bunko Belles Love to Eat

 

Every second Friday I get together with my Bunko Belles. There are twelve of us in the club and while a few have moved away, we still manage to hold a group together for the sake of the sacred “girl’s night out”. We’ve held each other’s new babies, been though cancer with a dear one, cried with sorrow for problems but cried more with laughter from the stories told. We also eat. In our group the hostess makes the entire meal and you can depend on it to be good.
My guess is that women have been getting together to play games and eat for as long as there have been women. About half the time we play bunko, an easy dice game, but mostly we eat. We’ve even self-publish two cookbooks for all the delicious and easy meals we’ve shared and like to cook regularly at home.
Our group is not fancy. We don’t dress up. We don’t set the table. We mostly use paper plates. The point is to spend time visiting and not prepping and primping. If it isn’t totally relaxed, then it’s missing the point. We are all so busy these days raising children, working and managing our homes that if we don’t keep it simple it might change from a cheering pleasure to a draining burden.
We still, after 10 years, manage to tickle ourselves with themes, too. We always look forward to Amy’s pajama bunko partly because it is thrilling to drive while wearing pj’s (What would our mother think?! What if a hot policeman pulls us over?!) but mostly because Amy’s idea of a pajama dinner is stuffed French toast, maple sugar bacon, Krispy Cream Donut Bread Pudding and chocolate martinis. At my house we’ve had White Trash bunko with a menu of Fancy-Schmancy Chicken Casserole, Ramen Noodle Salad and Lord Love ‘Ems. Whatever the meal though, it is a blessing to be together once a month. I sure am thankful for Bunko night and the Bunko Belles. I guess I better go put my sweatpants on – I hear we’re having Laura’s Banana Bundt Cake for dessert tonight.
Ramen Noodle Salad
We all love this salad so much that it is on regular rotation for Bunko. I don’t know who created this recipe but I consider her a salad goddess.
Crunchy and delicious
Ingredients:
1 package ramen noodles, crushed to pieces and season package tossed in the garbage.
½ cup chopped pecans (or almonds, walnuts, whatever you have on hand)
2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
2 Tablespoons butter
1 head Romain lettuce, washed, dried and torn into pieces
1 bunch of green onions, cleaned and chopped with tops
1. Melt butter in skillet. Add crushed noodles, nuts, seeds and cook over medium heat until golden brown. Remove to paper towel to cool.
2. Mix lettuce with green onions.
Golden brown ramen noodles, nuts and sesame seeds for flavor and crunch
3. Make dressing.
Dressing Ingredients:
¼ cup rice vinegar
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon fresh black pepper
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 clove minced garlic
1. Shake all of the above up in a jar.
2. Toss everything in a salad bowl and mix.
3. Serve.
Lord Love ‘Ems
Again, no earthly idea who invented these quick cookies but if you like those chocolate covered Samoa cookies that the girl scouts sell then you are going to love these. This is a measure and scatter recipe too so you can’t screw it up.
Ingredients:
¼ cup butter
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 can condensed milk
Melt butter in an 8x8-inch pan (or 9x9 but they will be thinner). Sprinkle the crumbs on the butter and then layer by the next 4 ingredients. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown. Cool and cut into squares.
Lord Love 'EmsEvery second Friday I get together with my Bunko Belles. There are twelve of us in the club and while a few have moved away, we still manage to hold a group together for the sake of the sacred “girl’s night out”. We’ve held each other’s new babies, been though cancer with a dear one, cried with sorrow for problems but cried more with laughter from the stories told. We also eat. In our group the hostess makes the entire meal and you can depend on it to be good.
My guess is that women have been getting together to play games and eat for as long as there have been women. About half the time we play bunko, an easy dice game, but mostly we eat. We’ve even self-publish two cookbooks for all the delicious and easy meals we’ve shared and like to cook regularly at home.
Our group is not fancy. We don’t dress up. We don’t set the table. We mostly use paper plates. The point is to spend time visiting and not prepping and primping. If it isn’t totally relaxed, then it’s missing the point. We are all so busy these days raising children, working and managing our homes that if we don’t keep it simple it might change from a cheering pleasure to a draining burden.
We still, after 10 years, manage to tickle ourselves with themes, too. We always look forward to Amy’s pajama bunko partly because it is thrilling to drive while wearing pj’s (What would our mother think?! What if a hot policeman pulls us over?!) but mostly because Amy’s idea of a pajama dinner is stuffed French toast, maple sugar bacon, Krispy Cream Donut Bread Pudding and chocolate martinis. At my house we’ve had White Trash bunko with a menu of Fancy-Schmancy Chicken Casserole, Ramen Noodle Salad and Lord Love ‘Ems. Whatever the meal though, it is a blessing to be together once a month. I sure am thankful for Bunko night and the Bunko Belles. I guess I better go put my sweatpants on – I hear we’re having Laura’s Banana Bundt Cake for dessert tonight.
Ramen Noodle Salad
Ramen Noodle Salad
We all love this salad so much that it is on regular rotation for Bunko. I don’t know who created this recipe but I consider her a salad goddess.
Crunchy and delicious
Ingredients:
1 package ramen noodles, crushed to pieces and season package tossed in the garbage.
½ cup chopped pecans (or almonds, walnuts, whatever you have on hand)
2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
2 Tablespoons butter
1 head Romain lettuce, washed, dried and torn into pieces
1 bunch of green onions, cleaned and chopped with tops
1. Melt butter in skillet. Add crushed noodles, nuts, seeds and cook over medium heat until golden brown. Remove to paper towel to cool.
2. Mix lettuce with green onions.
Golden brown ramen noodles, nuts and sesame seeds for flavor and crunch
3. Make dressing.
Dressing Ingredients:
¼ cup rice vinegar
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon fresh black pepper
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 clove minced garlic
1. Shake all of the above up in a jar.
2. Toss everything in a salad bowl and mix.
3. Serve.
Lord Love ‘Ems
Again, no earthly idea who invented these quick cookies but if you like those chocolate covered Samoa cookies that the girl scouts sell then you are going to love these. This is a measure and scatter recipe too so you can’t screw it up.
Ingredients:
¼ cup butter
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 can condensed milk
Melt butter in an 8x8-inch pan (or 9x9 but they will be thinner). Sprinkle the crumbs on the butter and then layer by the next 4 ingredients. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown. Cool and cut into squares.

 

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