Q: My husband's family's annual vacation involves about 40 relatives in a cabin on a lake in northern Minnesota. Each couple cooks a meal during the week for the bunch, usually something like tacos, hot dogs or casserole. I like to do something different — any suggestions for a simple meal to feed many? 

Meals that can be somewhat pre-prepped work well. Most of the family are meat and potatoes types, so in previous years I've made homemade mac and cheese, a seafood boil, grilled chicken with couscous salad, and brunch with mushroom and bacon strata.

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