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Party Pumpkin Cheesecake

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 cups ginger snaps, plus extra for garnish, finely crushed
  • 3 sticks butter, melted 
  • 2 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 1 friend who’s good at bad puns
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 quart heavy cream
  • 1 pound cream cheese, softened
  • 1 great dinosaur impression

directions

Friend 1

Finely crush the ginger snaps.

Friend 2

Melt the butter and make a series of bad butter puns (e.g., “You butter believe it!”).

Friend 3

Mix ginger snap crumbs and melted butter in a large bowl.
Have everyone invent their own DJ names. Most creative chooses playlist.

Friend 4

Open the cans of pumpkin puree.
Mix the pumpkin puree with the sugar and ground cinnamon.
Fold the cream cheese and remaining sugar.
Challenge friends to a dinosaur impression contest. The best one takes the leftover dessert.

Friend 5

In a standing mixer fitted with a whisk attachment,
beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
Every time a friend starts to talk, turn on the standing mixer.

All Together

Each person assembles/layers in his or her own cup.
Starting with the ginger snap crust, pumpkin,and cream, until you reach the top of the cup.
Perform a group hug without physical contact.

Playlist Pairing:

Holiday Tunes

Squad Salad

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 cups mixed greens
  • 1 friend with supreme selfie skills
  • 1 medium Bosc pear, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium Bartlett pear, thinly sliced
  • 1 air guitarist
  • 1/2 cup blue-cheese dressing
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons honey, heated and softened
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Salt, to taste
  • Cracked black pepper, to taste

Directions

Friend 1

Thinly slice Bosc and Bartlett pears.

Friend 2

Ask your friends who their elderly celebrity crushes are.
The one with the oldest crush sets the table.

Friend 3

Chop the toasted walnuts.
Assign nicknames to people based on popular nut varieties.

Friend 4

Separate the greens.
Add the pears, greens, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
Do the salad dance, which is not a real dance, but it can be.

Friend 5

Juice the lemons.
Whisk the honey and lemon juice in an Ultra bowl.
Perform a one-minute air-guitar solo to whatever song is playing.

All Together

Toss the salad and pour the dressing onto the mixed greens and pears.
Top each plate with blue cheese dressing and walnuts.
Take group selfie with the salad.
Text your Mom with, “Look at me; I’m a grown-up.”

Playlist Pairing:

Indie Rock

Crew Casserole

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 medium potatoes peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 boring toast idea
  • 3/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 harmonica
  • 6 cups thick bread, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 4 cups cooked turkey, chopped
  • 2 cans of condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup sour cream, divided into 2 bowls
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 11/2 cups of cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup chives, diced

Directions

Friend 1

Using harmonica, write a jingle about stuffing a turkey.
Extra points for harmonies.
Peel, cut and boil potatoes.
Drain potatoes and mash them.
Beat in cream cheese, pepper, salt and sour cream.

Friend 2

Chop onions.
While crying, act out a dramatic scene from a cheesy movie.
Sauté the onions and butter.

Friend 3

Cube the bread.
Combine the bread cubes, poultry seasoning and rubbed sage in a bowl.
Stir in the broth and onion mixture.
Have someone read your steps, then gradually have them take over your duties.

Friend 4

Chop the chives.
Grease the baking dish.
Cube the turkey.
Chop turkey.
Sharpen your knife while gazing intensely at somebody.

Friend 5

Spoon the cans of cream of chicken soup into separate bowls.
Combine the turkey, soup, garlic powder and 1/4 cup sour cream.
Toast to the most mundane thing you can think of (e.g. “topsoil”)

All Together

Using letters from your names, create a Prep Squad rally cry.
Pour the stuffing layer into baking dish.
Spoon the turkey mixture over the stuffing mixture.
Spread the potato mixture over the turkey mixture.
Bake at 350° for 30,35 minutes.
Sprinkle the cheese and chives over the entire baking dish and place it in the oven.
After kicking some serious cass,celebrate with an old-timey, “Huzzah!”

Playlist Pairing:

1950’s Rock 'n' Roll

Group Greens

ingredients

  • 11/2 cups pecans
  • 4 medium tricolored carrots, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick, on the bias
  • 2 large parsnips, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick, on the bias
  • 1 megaphone
  • 1 friend with a high pain threshold
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 friend who likes animals

Directions

Friend 1

Preheat the oven to 425°.
Spread the pecans on a pan and toast for 6 minutes.
Let it cool.
Make an animal noise and have people guess which animal it is.

Friend 2

Peel and cut the carrots and parsnips.
During prep, repeat the last word of every sentence you say.

Friend 3

Halve brussels sprouts.

Friend 4

Peel the butternut squash; scoop out the seeds and dice it.
Using the megaphone, improvise a slam poem about squash.

Friend 5

Grate the nutmeg and mince the ginger.
Yell out the name of your first crush.
Don’t explain why.

All Together

Toss the veggies, oil, nutmeg, salt and pepper in a big bowl.
Spread out the veggies on baking sheets, and pop them in the oven.
After 30 minutes, scatter the pecans and ginger over the veggies and drizzle them with the maple syrup.
Toss well.
Roast for 25 minutes, or until tender and golden, and transfer to a bowl.
While you wait, make up a secret handshake only your Prep Squad will know.

Playlist Pairing:

90s Hip Hop

Mulled Wine

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 cups apple cider
  • 2 (750mL) bottles red wine
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 friend who can speak gibberish
  • 2 oranges, zested and juiced
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 5 star anise
  • 2 green cardamom pods, cracked
  • 1 friend with a deep love for bad songs

Directions

Friend 1

Zest the oranges.

Friend 2

While juicing the oranges, grunt loudly, like a weightlifter.

Friend 3

Crack the cardamom pods.
Name a mythical creature you identify with most and why.

Friend 4

Peel the oranges for garnish.
Using only gibberish, fake a phone call to a “distant overseas relative.”

All Together

Combine the apple cider, wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, cloves, cardamom pods and
star anise in a large saucepan; bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.
While you wait, sing a bad song to the tune of an even worse song.
Pour into Dixie To-Go Cups.

Playlist Pairing:

80s New Wave