Potluck Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe

A family favorite recipe is my sister-in-law's stuffed mushrooms with cream cheese and stuffing. Delicious! After unsuccessfully trying to get her recipe from her, I decided to adapt a Pepperidge Farm recipe to try to find the correct flavor to match. Here is my adaptation for you to use at your next potluck with your social group. Enjoy!

Potluck Stuffed Mushrooms

Prep: 30 minutes
Bake: 10 minutes
Serves: 24


24 medium mushrooms
6 tbsp. butter or Margarine
1 small onion, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder or cloves garlic, minced
1 pkg. (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
3 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup Stuffing Mix


Heat the oven to 425°F.  Remove the stems from the mushrooms. Chop enough stems to make 1 cup.

Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat until it's melted.  Brush the mushroom caps with the butter and place, top-side down, into a 3-quart shallow baking pan.

Heat the remaining butter in the saucepan until it's melted.  Stir in the chopped mushroom stems, onion and garlic powder and cook until the mushrooms are tender.  Stir in the cream cheese and Parmesan cheese.  Add the stuffing and mix lightly.  Spoon about 1 tablespoon stuffing mixture into each mushroom cap.

Bake for 10 minutes or until the filling is hot.

Tip:  To make ahead, prepare as directed above, but do not bake. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.   Bake as directed above.

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Recipe & Picture Used from pepperidgefarm.com/RecipeDetail.aspx?recipeID=24090

Collecting Dues for Your Group

Should you collect dues for your Social Group? How will the members react? Recently, I started collecting dues for my Social Group for the first time. We started the group in September, 2012, and at that time, I didn't want people to not join simply because of money. I figured if they liked the group, that when I started collecting dues they would pay.

Let me first say that the dues for my group go to paying Meetup...the site that we use to find new members and schedule all of our events. It costs $180 a year for me to have our events on Meetup, a cost that I covered at the end of 2012, and all throughout 2013. I chose to pay these fees myself so that money didn't keep people from finding new friendships.

At the start of 2014, I decided that I no longer was able to pay the Meetup fees for my group. I felt that we had enough members in the group that would pay dues to cover the cost of Meetup. Many, many members did pay. I was so happy that many members gladly handed over the money for the group, once they knew that Meetup charged for our site. A few did not want to pay, and immediately dropped out of the group. Those did hurt me a bit, but I have to admit that I did understand. These weren't "great" friends of mine, and while I like them all, if money kept them from going to the movies or lunch with us, then that is OK. 

The bottom line: Don't feel strange about collecting dues for your group, especially if you have costs that have to be covered. Simply tell the group what the dues will be used for and hold your head high. If members can't or don't want to pay, then let it be OK. There's no reason the organizer(s) should have to cover all of the costs for everyone else's fun!

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