The Hili Cock Off.
Now, this was the chili cookoff at one point but you cannot limit food lovers to just chili and let's just say there was a drunken incident with a bar sign labeled "chili cook off." After we left, the hili cock off was born.
And it stuck.
It's a rotating party that we each host. Themes have included chili (of course, and we usually do this annually), Olympics, America, Shark Week (that was fun!), Chopped style including 3 must include ingredients and the most recent...70s.
Immediately my brain went to jello and those copper tins that hang on the kitchen wall at the cottage. Fondue ? What else? I did some research and it seemed everything iconic from the 70s was bad processed food. Tang anyone?
So -the hubs whipped up a cheese log which was amazing and we displayed it on a plate that was from my grandma's house (very 70s). I decided on my mom's famous "watergate" salad which is hardly salad but rather a dessert of pistachio pudding, cool whip and pineapple topped with marshmallows. It's delicious. Plus the name alone fits the theme. " I am not a salad!" Lol.
People got so creative! Our hosts put out an incredible spread of traditional cheese fondue (that I devoured! Seriously devoured) but added more toppings/dippers like sausage, crudités, apples and bread cubes of course. I will admit to you that I dunked a cheese cube in the cheese. And I don't regret my decision.
The green jello with cabbage and mayo in the copper tin (!) made an appearance but I was too busy stuffing my face with fondue to try that. Cheese Wiz and crackers, quiche, pretzel jello (another mom dish that I love) rounded out our festive feast.
To drink we had a rainbow sherbet punch and someone found Matuese, the official rose Wine of the 70s. It tasted like old church wine to me. Somehow I still drank my entire glass and enjoyed it. My mouth was as dry as the Sahara afterward.
70s food is back to the basics - reminds you of what your mom or in our cases grandma cooks.
Try an era for your next Hili. It's pretty fun!