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    Post #1 - February 3rd, 2019, 9:43 pm
    Post #1 - February 3rd, 2019, 9:43 pm Post #1 - February 3rd, 2019, 9:43 pm
    I saw this place featured on Chicago's Best. The chicken is supposedly the bees' knees, and oh look! they have pie.

    Small Household Mini Road Trip to...

    Harner's Bakery & Restaurant
    10 W. State St.
    North Aurora, IL 60542
    630-892-4400
    http://www.harnersbakery.com/

    If anyone who is participating wants to offer a suggestion on where to go, that is often difficult to get into and Super Super Sunday is a great day to get into hard to visit restaurants.

    Note that we cap attendance at 12 with a maximum of 10 people exchanging dishes. Those who exchange dishes will have first priority, but they should post by January 28, to allow cooks to plan, shop and cook.

    The basics
    We’re always interested in fresh blood. Even if you can't exchange, please join us for dinner and conversation! But we encourage all to bring a few samples of the cuisine you enjoy at your home; it’s a great way for all of us to get to know each other better, discuss food and cooking techniques, and ultimately, later, have a meal at home that we might not have thought of making for ourselves.

    What is the Small Household Food Exchange, you may ask.

    Most importantly, it’s a gathering of like-minded folks at an interesting restaurant for a meal, taking advantage of the ordering power of a good number of people to share and sample a good number of menu items.

    The Small Household Food Exchange started so that those of us in 1-2 person households who love to cook aren't stuck eating that big pot of chili for a whole week. Instead, we make 4-10 servings of one dish, and bring home 4-10 different dishes. Exchanging participants bring one pre-portioned serving of their food for every exchanger who has RSVP’d to come that month. The priority will be for entrees, meats, soups, salad, stews, pastas, grains, etc. (Check the Events Board, there’s a separate Dessert Exchange.)

    The fine print
    Number in the group: We will cap attendance at each gathering at 12, and food exchange participants at 10, so that participants are never making more than 10 servings of anything. Couples can be counted as one serving, or two — if you come as a couple, please specify whether you're bringing one or two dishes to exchange.

    There will be no restrictions on the food – we’re an omnivorous bunch. IF ANYONE HAS ANY ALLERGIES, PLEASE LET THE GROUP KNOW.

    The containers/delivery system: Everyone in the group should use the GLADWARE 3 1/8 CUP PLASTIC CONTAINERS (7” x 7” square container with a blue lid). You’ll portion your food into those containers to bring and hand out at the gathering. You can freeze them or not depending on your schedule and when you make your food. If you use something else to deliver your food that month (Ziploc bags, plastic wrap, etc.) you should also return the empty containers from the last round so that everyone always has a stash of these containers for the exchange, and no one has to run out and buy more. Ideally, everyone will find a way to label their containers, describing the contents, so we don’t end up staring into our freezers at a field of blue-lidded containers and wondering what’s in each one (not that there’s anything wrong with the occasional surprise …).

    Please RSVP your attendance by responding in this thread one week before the monthly gathering. If you're exchanging, please post what you're bringing at least three days before the gathering.

    The organizer will monitor the thread to see what people are bringing. The organizer will also make reservations for the group at the restaurant where we will be gathering.

    Hope to see you there!

    Dinner and Exchange
    Pie Lady: pasta/chard/sausage thing with raisins
    Cathy2: chili with a cinnamon roll
    nr706: some weird variant of pork stew
    moetchandon: beef cheeks with a side of mashed potatoes
    Food Nut: smoked sausage, spinach and wild rice soup (homemade bone broth)

    Dinner and sparkling company
    Pie*
    Cathy2 +1 (does not equal three. oh math, you delightful scamp)
    nr706
    moetchandon
    Food Nut
    toria
    Ms. Ingie

    *sparkles not guaranteed
    Last edited by Pie Lady on March 9th, 2019, 5:58 pm, edited 9 times in total.
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love

    There is no pie in Nighthawks, which is why it's such a desolate image. ~ Happy Stomach

    I write fiction. You can find me—and some stories—on Facebook, Twitter and my website.
  • Post #2 - February 3rd, 2019, 9:52 pm
    Post #2 - February 3rd, 2019, 9:52 pm Post #2 - February 3rd, 2019, 9:52 pm
    Hi,

    I will attend come hell or high water! (Not that I expect any challenges on this.)

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
    Facebook, Twitter, Greater Midwest Foodways, Road Food 2012: Podcast
  • Post #3 - February 4th, 2019, 9:55 am
    Post #3 - February 4th, 2019, 9:55 am Post #3 - February 4th, 2019, 9:55 am
    Damn. I was going to make something or other. I guess I'll have to make whatzis.
  • Post #4 - February 4th, 2019, 11:18 am
    Post #4 - February 4th, 2019, 11:18 am Post #4 - February 4th, 2019, 11:18 am
    I’m in for dinner/lunch/ brunch and exchange
  • Post #5 - February 7th, 2019, 6:00 pm
    Post #5 - February 7th, 2019, 6:00 pm Post #5 - February 7th, 2019, 6:00 pm
    Just called: they're busy all day on Sunday, but the hostess suggested 1pm was a good time, so 1pm it shall be. They only take reservations for parties of 8 or more, but we can call 15 minutes ahead to be put on a list. So hey, 4 more LTH'ers, get off your duffs and sign up. :P
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love

    There is no pie in Nighthawks, which is why it's such a desolate image. ~ Happy Stomach

    I write fiction. You can find me—and some stories—on Facebook, Twitter and my website.
  • Post #6 - February 8th, 2019, 11:11 am
    Post #6 - February 8th, 2019, 11:11 am Post #6 - February 8th, 2019, 11:11 am
    In for both!
    Reading is a right. Censorship is not.
  • Post #7 - February 8th, 2019, 11:28 am
    Post #7 - February 8th, 2019, 11:28 am Post #7 - February 8th, 2019, 11:28 am
    Food Nut wrote:In for both!

    Yay!
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
    Facebook, Twitter, Greater Midwest Foodways, Road Food 2012: Podcast
  • Post #8 - February 8th, 2019, 3:22 pm
    Post #8 - February 8th, 2019, 3:22 pm Post #8 - February 8th, 2019, 3:22 pm
    Food Nut wrote:In for both!

    Yay x2!
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love

    There is no pie in Nighthawks, which is why it's such a desolate image. ~ Happy Stomach

    I write fiction. You can find me—and some stories—on Facebook, Twitter and my website.
  • Post #9 - February 9th, 2019, 7:56 am
    Post #9 - February 9th, 2019, 7:56 am Post #9 - February 9th, 2019, 7:56 am
    HI,

    I will have a guest coming separately, who has been to Harner's for Octoberfest.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
    Facebook, Twitter, Greater Midwest Foodways, Road Food 2012: Podcast
  • Post #10 - February 9th, 2019, 10:53 am
    Post #10 - February 9th, 2019, 10:53 am Post #10 - February 9th, 2019, 10:53 am
    Cathy2 wrote:HI,

    I will have a guest coming separately, who has been to Harner's for Octoberfest.

    Regards,
    Cathy2


    Exchanging too?
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love

    There is no pie in Nighthawks, which is why it's such a desolate image. ~ Happy Stomach

    I write fiction. You can find me—and some stories—on Facebook, Twitter and my website.
  • Post #11 - February 9th, 2019, 11:00 am
    Post #11 - February 9th, 2019, 11:00 am Post #11 - February 9th, 2019, 11:00 am
    Pie Lady wrote:Exchanging too?

    No.

    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
    Facebook, Twitter, Greater Midwest Foodways, Road Food 2012: Podcast
  • Post #12 - February 25th, 2019, 10:28 am
    Post #12 - February 25th, 2019, 10:28 am Post #12 - February 25th, 2019, 10:28 am
    Please put me down for eating and chatting only!!!
    Toria

    "I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it" - As You Like It,
    W. Shakespeare
  • Post #13 - February 25th, 2019, 2:26 pm
    Post #13 - February 25th, 2019, 2:26 pm Post #13 - February 25th, 2019, 2:26 pm
    toria wrote:Please put me down for eating and chatting only!!!

    Yay!

    All we need is one more person to sign on, then we can get a reservation.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
    Facebook, Twitter, Greater Midwest Foodways, Road Food 2012: Podcast
  • Post #14 - February 26th, 2019, 2:04 pm
    Post #14 - February 26th, 2019, 2:04 pm Post #14 - February 26th, 2019, 2:04 pm
    Daylight Savings Time to Spring Ahead 2019 is Sunday, March 10 @ 2:00 am
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
    Facebook, Twitter, Greater Midwest Foodways, Road Food 2012: Podcast
  • Post #15 - February 27th, 2019, 9:49 pm
    Post #15 - February 27th, 2019, 9:49 pm Post #15 - February 27th, 2019, 9:49 pm
    Hi,

    I plan to make the South Dakota school favorite: (Wendy's knock-off) chili with a cinnamon roll on the side. From what I understand these are eaten together.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
    Facebook, Twitter, Greater Midwest Foodways, Road Food 2012: Podcast
  • Post #16 - February 28th, 2019, 10:08 am
    Post #16 - February 28th, 2019, 10:08 am Post #16 - February 28th, 2019, 10:08 am
    Chili?! :shock:
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love

    There is no pie in Nighthawks, which is why it's such a desolate image. ~ Happy Stomach

    I write fiction. You can find me—and some stories—on Facebook, Twitter and my website.
  • Post #17 - February 28th, 2019, 2:39 pm
    Post #17 - February 28th, 2019, 2:39 pm Post #17 - February 28th, 2019, 2:39 pm
    Pie Lady wrote:Chili?! :shock:

    Why does that surprise you? :)
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
    Facebook, Twitter, Greater Midwest Foodways, Road Food 2012: Podcast
  • Post #18 - February 28th, 2019, 2:43 pm
    Post #18 - February 28th, 2019, 2:43 pm Post #18 - February 28th, 2019, 2:43 pm
    Cathy2 wrote:
    Pie Lady wrote:Chili?! :shock:

    Why does that surprise you? :)


    I thought you hated chili.
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love

    There is no pie in Nighthawks, which is why it's such a desolate image. ~ Happy Stomach

    I write fiction. You can find me—and some stories—on Facebook, Twitter and my website.
  • Post #19 - February 28th, 2019, 3:04 pm
    Post #19 - February 28th, 2019, 3:04 pm Post #19 - February 28th, 2019, 3:04 pm
    Pie Lady wrote:I thought you hated chili.

    I don't like capsaicin heat, but this chili will be relatively mild. I know those who want it HOT will adjust it with a few shakes of hot sauce.

    I really want to try the combo of a cinnamon bun with chili since I learned about it a few years ago.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
    Facebook, Twitter, Greater Midwest Foodways, Road Food 2012: Podcast
  • Post #20 - March 1st, 2019, 7:23 pm
    Post #20 - March 1st, 2019, 7:23 pm Post #20 - March 1st, 2019, 7:23 pm
    I made Beef cheeks with a side of mashed potatoes
  • Post #21 - March 1st, 2019, 7:57 pm
    Post #21 - March 1st, 2019, 7:57 pm Post #21 - March 1st, 2019, 7:57 pm
    moetchandon wrote:I made Beef cheeks with a side of mashed potatoes

    I'm pretty excited about these now, after yet another meh pot of beef stew.
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love

    There is no pie in Nighthawks, which is why it's such a desolate image. ~ Happy Stomach

    I write fiction. You can find me—and some stories—on Facebook, Twitter and my website.
  • Post #22 - March 1st, 2019, 8:05 pm
    Post #22 - March 1st, 2019, 8:05 pm Post #22 - March 1st, 2019, 8:05 pm
    I will be number eight for lunch and chat. Commence with the making of reservations!
    Ms. Ingie
    Life is too short, why skip dessert?
  • Post #23 - March 1st, 2019, 8:05 pm
    Post #23 - March 1st, 2019, 8:05 pm Post #23 - March 1st, 2019, 8:05 pm
    Ms. Ingie wrote:I will be number eight for lunch and chat. Commence with the making of reservations!


    Woo hoo!
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love

    There is no pie in Nighthawks, which is why it's such a desolate image. ~ Happy Stomach

    I write fiction. You can find me—and some stories—on Facebook, Twitter and my website.
  • Post #24 - March 5th, 2019, 6:16 pm
    Post #24 - March 5th, 2019, 6:16 pm Post #24 - March 5th, 2019, 6:16 pm
    Asian inspired instant pot I hope (or equally fine backup plan) to share four servings?
    Reading is a right. Censorship is not.
  • Post #25 - March 5th, 2019, 7:39 pm
    Post #25 - March 5th, 2019, 7:39 pm Post #25 - March 5th, 2019, 7:39 pm
    Food Nut wrote:Asian inspired instant pot I hope (or equally fine backup plan) to share four servings?

    Yes, four servings. I made my stuff last weekend.
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
    Facebook, Twitter, Greater Midwest Foodways, Road Food 2012: Podcast
  • Post #26 - March 6th, 2019, 10:34 am
    Post #26 - March 6th, 2019, 10:34 am Post #26 - March 6th, 2019, 10:34 am
    I'm making a pasta/chard/sausage thing with raisins. The raisins intrigued me. Also, if I have time and don't screw them up...brigadieros.
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love

    There is no pie in Nighthawks, which is why it's such a desolate image. ~ Happy Stomach

    I write fiction. You can find me—and some stories—on Facebook, Twitter and my website.
  • Post #27 - March 6th, 2019, 10:38 am
    Post #27 - March 6th, 2019, 10:38 am Post #27 - March 6th, 2019, 10:38 am
    Pie Lady wrote:Also, if I have time and don't screw them up...brigadieros.

    Oh, fudge.
  • Post #28 - March 8th, 2019, 9:15 am
    Post #28 - March 8th, 2019, 9:15 am Post #28 - March 8th, 2019, 9:15 am
    Don't forget about the time change on Sunday!!!! Spring forward!
    Toria

    "I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it" - As You Like It,
    W. Shakespeare
  • Post #29 - March 8th, 2019, 11:36 am
    Post #29 - March 8th, 2019, 11:36 am Post #29 - March 8th, 2019, 11:36 am
    Reservations are all set and are under my real name. Bonus points if you can remember what that is. That's right, I'm going all Rumpelstiltskin on y'all.
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love

    There is no pie in Nighthawks, which is why it's such a desolate image. ~ Happy Stomach

    I write fiction. You can find me—and some stories—on Facebook, Twitter and my website.
  • Post #30 - March 8th, 2019, 10:48 pm
    Post #30 - March 8th, 2019, 10:48 pm Post #30 - March 8th, 2019, 10:48 pm
    Some weird variant of pork stew.

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