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September 5th, 2005


While preparing for a potluck can be a bit of a daunting task, preparing enough food to bring for a group of people, usually the payoff is well worth it. Last night we went to a potluck at a local farm, which was nice because we knew that everybody had pretty similar tastes. The dishes were well-labeled and, as one other guest put it, people tend to bring their best dish to a potluck, so it’s rare you come across bad food.

Of course, there’s always the inevitable checking of other people’s plates to see if they took any of your dish. After all, no one wants to bring back a dish that’s as full as when you brought it.

Potlucks also serve as a great way of emptying out your fridge. I don’t mean “pull all the moldy vegetables out of the back and serve them,” but we were overrun with veggies from the farm that we had trouble finishing. The potluck gave us a chance to use of a lot of them before they went bad.

I’ll end with a random thought: you don’t see many potluck breakfasts, do you?

Posted in Food and Beverage

FROM: heather
DATE: Monday September 5, 2005 -- 11:36:40 am
Our family does one on Christmas morning. I guess it's more of a potluck brunch as it usually starts at around 11 a.m. We eat pancakes, bacon, sausage, O.J. and such. Everyone is in charge of bringing something. My mom always does homemade Carmel Rolls and an Egg Strata. Oh, I'm sooooo hungry now!

FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday September 5, 2005 -- 11:58:36 am
"The dishes were well-labeled and, as one other guest put it, people tend to bring their best dish to a potluck, so it's rare you come across bad food."

Wow. Potlucks sound much cooler where you are, Ryan.

My experiences with potlucks are church potlucks and office potlucks. The church ones all tended towards macaroni salads and desserts. Office potlucks... *shudder* let's just say that I did not mind when coworkers ducked out to the local Chinese restaurant and brought a dish or two in from there.

FROM: Alano [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday September 5, 2005 -- 12:00:46 pm
My family usually does a potluck on Hannukah. Yep I said it. Hannukah. Anyway, every one tends to bring various dishes and we're not anything close to that of orthodox jews or anything so not every dish is Kosher. Might as well just go ahead and say that one now. Anyway - enough religeon talk. We have a smorgasboard (sp?) of various dishes such as fresh Roast Beef, turkey, ham, smoked salmon, deviled eggs, and so on... The salmon is the shiznit.. Anyway, as for a breakfast potluck, that does sound good however it'd have to be held at like a good 9 or 10am...any earlier and we're still snoozin. lol

FROM: snaily
DATE: Monday September 5, 2005 -- 1:53:00 pm
we do a potluck brunch on easter. everyone in the family brings something

FROM: Monica
DATE: Monday September 5, 2005 -- 4:59:24 pm
my upstairs neighbors had a sort-of putluck "Pie Party" last Friday night (aka Friday is pie-day). We didn't have to bring anything, but other people brought a couple pies. There was pizza and all manner of dessert pies.... Mmmmm.

I wish labeling was done more often. It doesn't take much time, and it really helps! You go with a savvy crowd, Ryan!

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday September 5, 2005 -- 5:28:46 pm
I'm jealous that your neighbors made real on my dream of a dessert potluck!

FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday September 6, 2005 -- 2:18:22 pm
Now, a Thanksgiving Day neighborhood potluck -- that I could get into. I live far from family, and two people just aren't enough to justify a turkey and five side dishes. But if everyone signed up for and brought one of the traditional components...

FROM: Rafael
DATE: Monday September 19, 2005 -- 6:16:10 pm
We had our 3rd Annual Labor Day Street potluck. My neighbor across the street smokes a small pig over night and every one brings the side dishes, deserts and libations. This is a great way to get to know your neighbors just a little better, well not to mention get the dirt on the neighbors too. We are thinking of making it twice a year. . . I was thinking Adult Halloween ];-)

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