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Salsa-rrific Holiday Recipes

Tired of the traditional holiday meals?Looking for a little more zest this year?At Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Kitchen we love to spice things up with these salsa-rrific holiday recipes! We thought we’d start with a festive veggie tray that is a lot more enticing than the standard tray hardly anyone ever eats. Holiday Vegetable Appetizer With Creamy Salsa Dip Serves: 6, Prep time: 30 mins, Cook time: 2 hrs For the Vegetable Wreath • 2 cups broccoli florets • 2 cups cauliflower florets • 1 jicama, peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch slices and cut into star shapes • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips • 8 cherry tomatoes For Creamy Salsa Dip • 8 oz whipped cream cheese • 1/4 cup mayonnaise • 1 cup Mama Flasch’s Salsa -- your choice of Gregular (mild), Scottsome Heat (medium) or In Cindyary (hot) • 1 tbsp.drained fire roasted diced green chilies • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped or parsley Cooking Instructions 1. Arrange the cauliflower and broccoli on a round platter in a wreath-shape.Leave space for the dip in the center of the platter. 2. Use a small star cookie cutter to make stars out of jicama. Garnish the wreath with the jicama stars. Decorate the wreath with strips of bell pepper and cherry tomatoes. 3. Combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, Mama Flasch Salsa, green chilies and cilantro or parsley in a food processor and blend until smooth. Refrigerate the dip for at least two hours to blend the flavors before serving. Chances are you’ve had about as much chicken in your lifetime as the rest of us.Therefore, we wanted to share a recipe that allows your taste buds to party during the holiday season, too! Salsa Stuffed Marinated Sheet Pan Chicken Serves: 8, Prep time: 10 mins, Cook time: 35 mins Recipe Ingredients For the Marinade • 1/2 jalapeno • juice from 6 limes • 1 handful of cilantro • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1 garlic clove • 1/3 cup water For the Chicken • 1/3 cup of your preferred Mama Flasch Salsa flavor • Few pinches of taco seasoning • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese • 2 lbs. boneless chicken breasts Cooking Instructions 1. Blend all marinade ingredients until smooth. 2. Marinade chicken in the refrigerator for 2 hours, minimum. 3. Preheat oven to 425F.With heavy duty foil,line a heavy duty baking sheet. 4. Slice a pocket into the chicken breast for salsa stuffing. Starting and ending approximately an inch from each side so you don’t split them in half. 5. Fill pocket with your favorite Mama Flasch salsa. 6. Place on baking sheet and sprinkle with taco seasoning.Bake for 30 minutes. Once the internal temperature of chicken reaches at least 165F, sprinkle with cheese and broil for 3-4 minutes.Stay close and check on it every minute or so, until the cheese is melted. Then bon appetit! Mama Flasch's Gourmet Kitchen hopes these salsa-rrific holiday recipes bring some spice to your holiday season! We’d love to hear a few of your salsa-rrific recipes, too! From Mama Flasch’s home to yours, we wish you happy holidays!
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What Mama Flasch is Thankful for This Year

The annual signals of autumn are all around and soon the holidays will be upon us all.  The leaves have turned colors and most have fallen to the ground, the air is crisp and clean, the bulky comfy sweaters are out of storage and now in use, and football tailgate parties are a common weekend occurrence. Reflecting back over the years, Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Kitchen has so much to be thankful for including our friends, partners, and our very loyal customers who have all played a huge part in our success. Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Kitchen has so much to be thankful for.               In 2005 with the encouragement of friends, the idea of starting a business with the family salsas was suggested.  Our salsa is made with fresh ingredients and Mama’s love. Fast forward to 2010 the family made the decision to form an official business entity, and in 2011 the family launched Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Kitchen. Also in the same year, the three signature salsas were established and named after Mama Flasch’s three children: Greg, Scott, and Cindy.  The mild salsa is GregularTM, the medium is Scottsome HeatTM, and the most spicy and full of heat is InCindyaryTM.  In 2016 we relaunched the business on a national level. Three signature salsas were established and named after Mama Flasch’s three children: Greg, Scott, and Cindy.                     A large part of our success has come through our regional partners within the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky loop. We pride ourselves on working with local businesses and national retailers who value fresh ingredients and small-batch, high-quality products. Our local partners include Mackie Meats, located in Findley Market, Cincinnati, OH, Jungle Jim’s International Markets in Eastgate, OH, and Fairfield, OH, The Meat Store, Batavia, OH, and The Party Source in Bellevue, KY. Our salsa is made with fresh ingredients and Mama’s love.               As a family-owned business, we are extremely thankful to our loyal customers.  Over the years we have cultivated several ways to ensure our customers have easy access to our online salsa products.  On our website our customers have three purchase options.  The first is to purchase one or two jars at time.  The second provides the option to purchase a full case, 12-16 oz. jars or half case, 6-16 oz. jars.  Finally, the third option, which a fantastic holiday gift for the salsa aficionado on your gift list, is a monthly subscription. As a family-owned business, we are extremely thankful to our loyal customers.                 As our family gathers together for the holiday season, we are truly blessed and grateful for our growing circles of friends, partners, and customers.  What will you and your family be grateful for as you gather around the holiday table?
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Small Business Saturday 2018 And What It Means To Support It

The holiday season is fast approaching.  Time to give thanks, shop at small businesses and post #shopsmall on your social media to support your favorite small business!  Small business Saturday 2018 is the first Saturday after Thanksgiving where consumers are encouraged to support their favorite small businesses for their holiday shopping. Reasons to support small business Saturday 2018, and what it means to Mama Flasch to be a small business, are truly synonymous.  Supporting small business Saturday or hashtagging shop small shows that you value your local community, health, and family! Supporting small business Saturday or hashtagging shop small shows that you value your local community, health, and family!                 Supporting small business Saturday is important for your local economy! Small businesses are the cornerstone of America. By shopping at small and minority-owned businesses you’re reinforcing your local economy.  You keep tax dollars circulating locally. As a result, this helps build a flourishing community. Similarly, small businesses tend to support other small, local and minority-owned businesses by buying locally.  This helps further develop and strengthen your economic environment.  Part of being a small business means supporting small businesses, for Mama Flasch too!  Therefore, we partner with local farms and retailers and Uncle Jester’s Fine Foods. Uncle Jester’s is a custom packing service and a certified Native American-owned minority business. Hence, one could argue, shopping small makes a big impact. Small business Saturday 2018 and what it means to support it.               Consequently, small businesses can be healthier for you too! Entrepreneurs and small businesses take pride in the products and services they offer.  Instead of being worried about shareholders they can focus on the quality of their service and products. Furthermore, their craft is an extension of who they are.  In Mama Flasch’s case, our salsas are an extension of our family.  A lot of small business owners make their product by hand.  We make our products in small batches with fresh and local ingredients.  This means less or no preservatives, and healthier for you and your family too! Because we make our salsas in small batches, a lot of love ends up in every jar. And since love is priceless, we don't charge extra for it! We make our products in small batches with fresh and local ingredients.               Supporting a small business means supporting families. In supporting small business Saturday, you’re supporting what is at the heart of Mama Flasch’s salsas; family.  Our family created Mama Flasch’s salsa together.  Growing up, we’d spend our Sundays together canning fresh fruits and vegetables with different flavors and fun sealed in every jar.  Family is everything to us; therefore, we named our salsa flavors after our children; Gregular (mild), Scottsome Heat (medium) and InCindyary (hot). We aim to spread this message of familial love by providing you with fresh, pure and heart-healthy salsa you can enjoy together. Creating fond new memories in the process. From our family to yours! After a long day of shopping on small business Saturday, and throughout the rest of the holiday season, we hope we inspire you to make family time a priority. You can support small businesses, your community, family and your health with your taste buds, by picking up a combo pack at our website or any of these locations this holiday season! Happy Holidays!      
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The Best Cincinnati Food Festivals

At Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Salsa we’re all about great tasting food and there’s no better place to get your favorite foods and try new dishes than at a food festival. Whether you’re a foodie like us or simply looking to adventure out and try something new, food festivals offer tasty treats, live entertainment, and fun for the whole family. So if you’re looking to make plans that will get your stomach growling and your taste buds dancing, check out our guide to the best Cincinnati food festivals. Food festivals offer tasty treats               Great Tasting Food is a Cincinnati Tradition We’re proud to call the Queen City our home, and as a Cincinnati based company, we’re excited to share its rich culinary past. From chili to goetta, Cincinnati’s history is rooted in diverse cultural traditions and unique cuisine. Our favorite food festivals share these traditions and help celebrate what makes Cincinnati such a great city. Germania Society Maifest - Celebrate the arrival of spring with traditional German culture, food, and music. Held in Germania Park, this festival features whole roasted pigs, various wursts, and traditional German pastries (May 13-15). Asian Food Fest- Held in Washington Park in Over the Rhine, this culinary festival features the best of Asian cuisine. Enjoy dishes from the Philippines, Thailand, Korea, China, and more at this food festival (May 14-15). Taste of Cincinnati- Held since 1979, the Taste of Cincinnati is the nation’s longest running free food festival. With live music, rides, and great tasting food from all over Cincinnati make sure not to miss this Queen City staple (May 28-30). Panegyri Greet Festival- Enjoy traditional Greek music, culture, and food at this annual festival. Held at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, this festival has been a Cincinnati staple since 1968 (June 22-24). Glier’s Goettafest- A longtime Cincinnati culinary tradition, this festival celebrates all things goetta. Located over the river in Newport, enjoy everything from goetta Rangoon and goetta burritos to goetta funnel cake (August 4-7). Findlay Market Fall Food Fest- Celebrate the fall harvest with apple, pumpkin, and other fall-themed dishes at Cincinnati’s historic Findlay Market. While you’re there, make sure to stop by Mackie Meats and pick up a jar of Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Salsa (October 8). Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Salsa is proud to be part of Cincinnati’s rich history of culinary excellence.               Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Salsa Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Salsa is proud to be part of Cincinnati’s rich history of culinary excellence. Since 2011, we’ve carried on this tradition, using only fresh, locally sourced produce and the best all-natural ingredients in our small batch salsas. You can find Mama Flasch’s Salsa in Ohio at Jungle Jim’s, Mackie Meats, The Meat Store; and in Kentucky at the Party Source. You can also buy our salsas on our website, which are available individually or in combo packs featuring all three of our delicious salsas.
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Salsa Canning Tips: How Mama Flasch’s Cans and Uses Their Jars

Making salsa is in our blood, and so is canning. We grew up canning fruits and vegetables, learning how to seal in freshness and flavor with each jar. Because our salsa is crafted in small batches made from fresh, local produce we can our salsa as soon as it’s ready to give you great tasting gourmet flavor. Because freshness and quality are so important to us, we wanted to share some salsa canning tips and tell you how Mama Flasch’s cans and uses their jars. Salsa Canning Tips: How Mama Flasch’s Cans and Uses Their Jars. How to Seal in Fresh Tasting Amazing Flavor Using fresh ingredients is key to making a great tasting salsa, but if you want to enjoy homemade salsa all year long, it’s important to know the right steps for sealing in freshness and flavor. Knowing the right steps for canning and preserving your salsa without chemicals and preservatives is a key part of making salsa, that’s one of the reasons canning is so important to us. Whether you’re looking to try it yourself or looking to learn more about what goes into making Mama Flasch’s great tasting salsas, here’s a few need to know tips about canning. Start with Fresh Produce- Great tasting salsa starts with quality ingredients, that’s why Mama Flasch’s only uses locally sourced produce. By using only the freshest tomatoes, peppers, and onions you’ll be able to seal in that freshness and flavor. Sterilize Your Jars- Before you can put homemade salsa into glass jars, you have to make sure they’re clean. Sanitize your jars by carefully placing them in a pot of boiling water for 5-10 minutes. This helps avoid bacteria and keeps the salsa tasting fresh. Combine Your Ingredients and Simmer Over Low Heat- We take pride in making our salsas in small batches, which means every jar of salsa is slow simmered and carefully crafted for a perfect balance of flavor. Carefully Ladle Salsa into Jars and Seal in a Water Bath- Once the flavors have blended together and the salsa is done simmering, carefully ladle the salsa into jars, making sure to leave at least a ¼” of space between the salsa and the top of the rim. Once you’ve filled your jars, screw the lids on and place them in a pot of boiling water for 10-20 minutes. After carefully removing the jars, let them cool on a rack for 24 hours. Enjoy Delicious Great Tasting Salsa- Whether it’s homemade salsa or one of our three delicious, flavor-packed salsas, you’re ready to enjoy great tasting salsa all year long. Gourmet salsa with a homemade taste.   Mama Flasch’s Salsa: Small Batches Mean Big Taste If you’re looking for gourmet salsa with a homemade taste but haven’t quite mastered the art of canning, pick up a jar of Mama Flasch’s Salsa. You can find Mama Flasch’s Salsa in Ohio at Jungle Jim’s, Mackie Meats, The Meat Store; and in Kentucky at the Party Source. You can also buy our salsas on our website, which are available individually or in combo packs featuring all three of our delicious salsas. For great recipes and dinner ideas don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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Why Salsa is the Perfect Replacement for Pumpkin Spice

Traditionally, cool weather and leaves changing from bright green to autumn red, gold, and orange, has signaled that Fall is here. But lately, that’s changed. Instead, we recognize the beginning of Fall when pumpkin spice flavors come back. But is there an alternative to pumpkin spice? What if you don’t share the love for everything pumpkin? If you’re looking for something different that still tastes great, we thought we’d give you some insight into why salsa is the perfect replacement for pumpkin spice. Avoid Pumpkin Spice Overload with Salsa From coffee, cereal, candy, ice cream, cookies, and even soda it can feel like pumpkin spice flavored food and drinks are everywhere. Finding an alternative to this fall flavoring can seem like a challenge, that’s why we’re here to help. Here are a few reasons why salsa is a great alternative to pumpkin spice. It’s Healthier and Made from All Natural Ingredients- did you know that a pumpkin spice latte has 380 calories and more than 14 grams of fat? On top of that, it’s full of ingredients like Potassium Sorbate and Carrageenan. Salsa, on the other hand, is made of all-natural ingredients you can pronounce like onions, peppers, and tomatoes. It’s also low in calories too. It’s More Versatile- while it seems like every food company on the planet is jumping in on the pumpkin spice craze, pumpkin spice doesn’t have the culinary versatility that salsa does. From queso and guacamole to chili and tacos, salsa tastes great added to any dish. It can also be used to liven up marinades, dressings, and soups, something we don’t recommend doing with pumpkin spice. It Comes in a Variety of Flavors- pumpkin spice only comes in one flavor, pumpkin spice. Salsa, on the other hand, comes in a variety of flavors from mild to hot. With different spice levels, they’re great for any flavor palate and sure to be a crowd pleaser. It’s Great for Parties- fall means football, and chips and salsa are the perfect addition to any tailgate party.  That's something that’s hard to do with pumpkin spice. Enjoy Pumpkin Free Spiced Up Flavor with Mama Flasch’s Salsa At Mama Flasch’s Salsa, we’re committed to providing you with high quality, great tasting salsa. That’s why all of our salsas are made in small batches with all natural locally sourced ingredients. Low in sodium, low calorie, with no sugar added, and packed with vitamins A and C, our salsas are a delicious and healthy alternative to sugary snacks. You can find Mama Flasch’s Salsa in Ohio at Jungle Jim’s, Mackie Meats, The Meat Store; and in Kentucky at the Party Source. You can also buy our salsas on our website, which are available individually or in combo packs featuring all three of our delicious flavors. For great recipes and dinner ideas don’t forget to follow us on Facebook.
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Why Mama Flasch’s Salsa is the Perfect Addition to Your Football Watch Party

Football season is here, and that means getting together with friends and family to watch the big game. People are sure to bring their appetites and when you’re hosting a football watch party it’s important that your food spread caters to all of those appetites. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a delicious snack everyone could enjoy? There is, and we’re here to tell you why Mama Flasch’s Salsa is the perfect addition to your football watch party. A Great Tasting Option Everyone is Sure to Enjoy At Mama Flasch’s we believe in a simple principle, fresh, quality ingredients mean fresh, great tasting salsa. From our kitchen to your table, we’re confident that our great tasting salsas will be a hit at your next football watch party, here’s why: They’re Made with Fresh Ingredients- all of our salsa is made in small batches, which means that we ensure only quality ingredients go into our products. We only use fresh, locally sourced vegetables in all of our salsas so the tomatoes, peppers, onions, and garlic meet our standards to give you nothing but the best. It’s Healthy- because our small batch process and the high standards we place on using fresh ingredients, our salsas are free of chemicals and additives. This means they’re low calorie, low in sodium with no sugar added, and full of vitamins A and C. It also means they’re vegetarian and vegan-friendly too. It’s Great in Anything- while chips and salsa are a great tasting, easy no-cook option for any football watch party spread, salsa can liven up any dish. From queso and guacamole to game day chicken taco chili, our salsas are a great addition to any recipe. It can also be added to marinades and dressings for an extra kick. Three Levels of Heat, Three Levels of Flavor- our salsas come in three great tasting flavors, with three levels of heat that are perfect for any palate. Whether it's our mild Gregular or our hot InCindyary salsa for your favorite spice head, we’ve got a flavor for everyone. So the next time you’re looking for a great tasting snack that’s made with quality, fresh ingredients for your football watch party, pick up some Mama Flasch’s salsa. Mama Flasch’s Salsa, the Perfect Addition to Any Game Day Spread At Mama Flasch’s Salsa, we’re committed to providing you with high quality, great tasting salsa. Low in sodium, low calorie, with no sugar added, and packed with vitamins A and C, our salsas are a delicious and healthy alternative to sugary snacks. You can find Mama Flasch’s Salsa in Ohio at Jungle Jim’s, Mackie Meats, The Meat Store; and in Kentucky at the Party Source. You can also buy our salsas on our website, which are available individually or in combo packs featuring all three of our delicious flavors. For great recipes and dinner ideas don’t forget to follow us on Facebook.
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How to Make Mama Flasch’s Salsa Fundraiser Work for Your Group

Here at Mama Flasch’s, being part of the community has always been important to us, that’s why we’re committed to giving back. Whether it’s a school fundraiser or other philanthropic event, we’re committed to ensuring your goals are met and your event is a success. We’ve mentioned before tips for successful fundraisers, and with our great salsas helping make yours stand out, here’s how to make Mama Flasch’s salsa fundraiser work for your group. Another Way of Giving Back We’re committed to investing in our community, that’s why we use locally sourced fresh produce in all of our salsas. We also care about sustainability, that’s why our small batch salsas are not just crafted with local ingredients but done in a way to produce as little was as possible. By using Mama Flasch’s salsas at your next fundraiser, you’re not only providing people with a great tasting quality product, you’re providing them with an opportunity to support local small businesses and encourage sustainable practices. When people know that they’re supporting a great cause and their local community, you’re sure to reach your fundraising goals in no time. Healthy Great Tasting Option We’re committed to providing you with a quality product made with fresh ingredients. Because our products only use high-quality natural ingredients and are free of preservatives, this means that our salsas are full of antioxidant-rich ingredients and offer other great health benefits. Knowing that you’re invested in providing them with a heart-healthy, fat-free option that’s low in sodium, is sure to make a positive impact on your patrons. In addition to being healthy, our salsas offer three levels of heat, making them perfect for any audience. It also means you’ll be providing your audience with a focused campaign that provides them with three delicious options. Salsa is more than just a dip, enjoy it with chips or veggies or add it to your favorite taco or chili recipe, it’s a great way to add flavor to any meal.  Whether it’s our mild Gregular or InCindyary hot salsa, you’re sure to see results. We’re with You Every Step of the Way We’re proud of where we’re from, in fact, we’re so proud every label of Mama Flasch’s salsa brags that we’re Ohio Proud. Loving where you’re from also means helping make it a great place to live, that’s why when you partner with us for your next fundraiser, you get a team passionate about the mission and committed to success. If you’re interested in seeing the positive impact Mama Flasch’s salsa can have on your next fundraiser, contact us. We’d love to hear how we can help you reach your fundraising goals.
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The 8 Things You Must Do for a Successful Dinner Party

If you're planning to host a dinner party and want to ensure that the evening is a complete success for everyone who attends, here are the eight most important things to do:   Pick the Right Group   Choose friends who get along well and have similar interests or other things in common. If you’re looking to spice things up with a wildcard invitee or two, make sure they'll fit in and won't make the rest of your guests uncomfortable.   Go with What You Know   Make dishes you’ve whipped up at least once or twice before the big event. If you’re used to cooking a specific casserole, practice making it in a larger, party-worthy size. The reason is sometimes volume can affect cooking time.   Try Something New   While you'll want to follow the tip above and utilize recipes you know well for most of the evening's food, this event is the perfect opportunity to sharpen your skills by trying one new recipe. If you need some inspiration, our Salsa Stories page has a lot of really yummy options.   Check Your Inventory Ahead of Time   Make sure you have all necessary accouterments, including serving dishes, wine glasses, extra plates and dessert forks, the weekend before the party. This will prevent you from ending up in a position where you’re rushing around the day of the party trying to buy or borrow them.   Do the Hard Work First   Try to get as much prep work as possible out of the way ahead of time. Go with recipes that include instructions on how to plan ahead and mention what can be prepared up to a day or two early. Two easy tricks are to chop veggies the day before the party and to make baked desserts a few days prior to the big event.   Clean As You Go   It might seem like a pain at the moment, but it’s usually a good idea to wash pots and pans as you finish using them. That way, you won’t have a scary pile of dirty dishes at the end of the night.   Delegate   Ask reliable friends to contribute to the meal by bringing desserts, drinks or side dishes. If party-goers ask how they can help, good options to delegate include slicing citrus fruit for cocktails, filling water glasses or doing some other easy but helpful task.   Dim the Lights   Low light will put everyone at ease and create an intimate atmosphere that's perfect for lots of great conversation. Turn down harsh overhead lights and light some candles. Christmas lights are always a good option too if you want something a little more festive.
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3 Steps to Hosting the Perfect Game Night

If you want to have a ton of fun by hosting a game night, we have the 3 steps you need to make it a perfect game night:   Pick the Right Games   Although this may sound obvious, the reason we wanted to cover it is many people think they have to only play a single game during the night. While some games can take that long to finish, many others go much faster. So if you want to maximize everyone's fun, don't hesitate to cycle through multiple games.   As you're considering which games you want to pick, there are three main categories available. Parlor games are first. This category includes Bunco, How's Yours and Mafia. Board games are second. These can vary a lot in length. Great options to consider for a game night are Apples to Apples, Say Anything and Wits & Wagers.   Electronic games are the last category you may want to include an option from. A few picks that work really well for groups are Catch Phrase, Scene It TV Edition, and Wii Carnival Games. Keep in mind that you don't necessarily have to make these picks on your own. It can be really enjoyable to get everyone involved by voting as a group ahead of time.   Create a Theme   Once you know which games are going to be played during the evening, one step you can take to really make your night memorable is to create a theme. While there aren't any rules you have to follow in regards to the theme you choose, an easy but really fun one to go with is creating a type of casino environment.   Want to make a great table runner that goes perfectly with this type of gaming theme? All you need to do is arrange playing cards on a sheet of paper, make several color copies and then tape them together. This will give you the perfect decoration for your dining-room table.   Serve Delicious Food   No game night is going to be complete without really delicious food. If you want to get inspired, our Salsa Stories blog is a great place to start! We have a wide range of recipes that work perfectly for this type of event, including a Beef and Scottsome Heat Skillet, Sloppy Joe's and Salas & Pasta dish.