My blog friend, Tracy, wrote me - ummmmm, ok a very long time ago and asked the following question. I have absolutely no excuse for taking this long to respond and after hearing from her again yesterday I must put it off no more!
I have predicament I find myself in a lot....POTLUCKS. We have them at church, we have them with numerous family functions, and we've had lots of summer picnics (not to mention delivering a meal to someone who's sick or had a baby...). I'm always at a loss what to bring. The things I make at our house don't seem "potluck ready." Do you have any ideas?
I'll admit that I'm no potluck expert! I'm not sure I can remember the last true potluck I went to. When our church has a big dinner - it is usually catered and we are asked to bring either potato salad or coleslaw (neither of which my family like), so not much room for any wondering what to bring there?!
Number one, if I was able to pick what to take - I would take something my family liked!
Ok, seriously - when I take a meal to someone else though - I do get to choose! I usually ask if there are any requests or food allergies. Sometimes a family may have had all the lasagna they could ever want! It is helpful to know these things.
Then, I try to think of something I might like to receive if I were on the other end. Keeping in mind things like - is the Mama nursing a new baby - no spicy! You get the idea. I also love to make things that are easy to double - one to give and one for my family for the night - perfect!
And, sometimes it is handy to know the meal could be frozen if they find that they don't need it the night you are signed up to bring. You know, sometimes the food can get a bit overwhelming and leftovers are plentiful. But, they could really use the meal another time!
Here are a few of my favorite suggestions:
* Mexican Lasagna
* Chicken Pot Pie
* Chicken Spaghetti
* Easy Lasagna
* Emily's Chicken
* Chicken and Stuffing
* Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
* Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
Ok, let's hear your ideas! Those of you who are much more experienced at potlucks than I am, please share your ideas with Tracy and all the rest of us who are wondering what to bring!