Bubb Park Mothers & Dogs Society
Cinco de Mayo Potluck

Wow! What a way to start another year of Potlucks In The Park. It was raining when you went to school. It was cold and blowing at noon. At two there was hardly a peek of sunshine. But at 5:45 there was not a cloud in the sky and the sun made it feel warm. Somebody sure went to church on this one -- many thanks.

Not only did the sun drive away the rain, it drew out maybe a record crowd. Why, it even drew out a bunch of folks who hadn't quite gotten around to sending in their RSVP. (Now just what kind of a standard are we teaching all these great kids anyway?) But it sure was a lot of fun.

Go ahead and count in the table below, but it looks like 35 families were represented by 93 people. Actually, Teak told me it was really because of all her dog friends - 19 in total - who dragged their humans and friends to the park. If you think these numbers are an exaggeration, just try to count all the faces in the group pictures. I think Mason Escobar gets the prize for the youngest at about 2 months. (I'll stay away from the oldest.........)

The food was really great. First, thanks to Wendy Yee for the core suggestion of Cinco de Mayo and her offer to provide the "foundation" for the feast. Also thanks to Vera Kark, Janet Sloan, Beth Caltagirone & Kim Thompson for their inputs about school and sports activities to try to find a date with a minimum of conflicts. The list of great food would fill the page, and the pictures show most of it, but more than one eater wanted to know about Eric Lipanovich's Mexican Drunk Chicken.

So, with the promise that this is Internet Shareware, we've managed to squeeze the recipe out of Eric - donations of money, or commitments to be part of the 2007 Halloween cast are greatly appreciated.

Drunken Mexican Chicken ( Pollo Boracho)

Amount, Measure, Ingredient, Preparation Method
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6 skinless boneless chicken thigh -- cut into serving pieces
6 skinless boneless chicken breast -- cut into serving pieces
1/4 cup canola oil
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon oregano -- Crushed
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
4 cloves garlic
1/2 cup chicken broth -- boiled down (or use bouillon)
16 ounces canned tomatoes -- chopped (or substitute fresh ones)
1 onion -- sliced
1 cup Burgundy -- red wine

Heat corn oil in Dutch oven over medium heat. Add chicken and brown well on all sides.

Sprinkle in salt, paprika, black pepper, oregano, cumin, garlic powder and chicken broth. Reduce heat to medium low; add tomatoes, onion, and wine.

Cook, covered, 30 minutes; uncover and continue cooking another 15 minutes or until liquid is somewhat reduced and chicken is done.

Serving Ideas : Excellent when served with brown rice, pinto beans and avocado fruit salad.

So muse through who came (and who didn't), let me know if I missed a few, enjoy the pictures (sorry if we caught you with a mouthfull), and stand by for the next potluck in a month or so.

Last Name First Name Spouse Child 1 Child 2 Child 3 Dog
Aguiar Ruth Celso Gabriel Julia    
Caltagirone Ricardo Beth Kimberly Arthur   Scout
Casali Renee Mark Matthew Lucas    
Christopherson Dianne         Benny
Cooper Kathy         Gus & Molly
Elliott   Allison Sophie Lisa    
Escober Becky Gil Mason      
Haspert   Gail Laurel      
Hilberg Gabriele   Sophia Sears Mira Sears   Cocoa
Kahan/Safran Michael Gabriella Eva Frieda    
Kark Vera         Link
Lehner   Pam     Mark  
Lipanovich Eric          
Menhenett/Rhoadarmer Ariana John Alina Kayla    
Millet/McDonald Tim Page Tatum Payton   Scooter
Mulkey Marla Mike Matthew Marisa    
Nichols   Anita        
Nunnally/Albright Carol Matt Courtney Cooper Nicole Lindsay  
Price Karen   Lauren Emma   McKinley
Recine Barb Dan Carl Marie   Tucker
Rogers/Jones Monica Craig Gabby      
Schynert/Tarter   Karen Alison      
Sechrest Sally Lyle       Sadie
Sloan/Stahl Janet Peter   Allegra    
Sokoloff/Brown Randi Jeff Zoe     Molly
Theil Niki Jeremy Eric Andy    
Fitzsimons     Elyse      
Thompson Kim         Maverick
Tippett Terri Eric Dane Jace   Jet
Tuerk Linda   Emma     Mo & Buddy
Van Mell Rick Sandy       Teak
Wang/Scarlett Cindy Sean Sierra Alaya   Jazz
Welch/Hayes Tim          
Woolley/Brewer Richard Janet       Chelsea
Yee Wendy         Sable
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Teak is ready! Cocoa is too Jazz can't wait Link in the middle of it
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Chow time! Lots of goodies Tortillas & fillings Happy Chick!
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Happy Cindy In Converence Becky brings ... Mason to first potluck
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Matt, Carol & girls Kim, Courtney & Sophia Casali salute Page, Vera & Wendy
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Gail, Eric & Jeremy Ricardo & Beth Frieda, Michael & Eric Emma & Karen arrive
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Garbriele calms Cocoa Deviled eggs go fast! Alina, Ariana & John Delicious!
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Anita's Pan Dulce Molly is intent on ... food, but ... Zoe wants some too!
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Mom says, "Dad's problem." Anita & Sally Tucker's not sure Back for more!
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The Brain Trust Benny's itchy Allegra & Janet Terri, Gabriel & Ruth
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Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
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Group 5 The End.