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What do you take to Pot Luck? - Wed, 03/23/05 4:43 PM
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We're going to church pot luck tomorrow night. What sides do you usually take to these type pf things that go over well? Last time we took homemade macaroni salad with fresh peppers, onions, and sliced blocked cheddar cheese and it did not go over so well even though it is excellent. I'm thinking of doing crock pot baked beans that we'll cook overnight. My understanding is the meat is being provided, and we're just to bring sides. Hells bells what goes over best and is something not everyone brings?

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Wed, 03/23/05 5:04 PM
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People "feast with their eyes first", especially at a potluck or bake sale. Usually, the items that "look good" go pretty fast, even though they might not taste all that great.

I would think that it wouldn't matter what side you brought, as long as it looked good to the eye, so you could focus on using an attractive serving dish for starters. Then, maybe some garnish, etc.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Wed, 03/23/05 5:07 PM
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I think mostly people like what's familiar--lasagna, mac and cheese, baked beans. It has to look good, of course. Sometimes, though, if it's too pretty, no one wants to touch it!

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Wed, 03/23/05 5:23 PM
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In my experience, you can't go wrong with deviled eggs at a potluck. People love them, and not many people make them just to enjoy at home. I like to add a little bit of horseradish to the filling. Yummy!

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Wed, 03/23/05 5:25 PM
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The ONE thing that i never have to bring any leftovers home when i bring it to a pot luck is CORNBREAD---i do one with corn and peppers and cheeseor what ever mixed in---cut it in big hunks and PILE it (so you can see the goodies in the mix) NEXT to the beans etc---it dissapears!

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Wed, 03/23/05 5:28 PM
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My two favorites are chili (although as a side you could just make a pot of "chili beans") and mixed berry/rhubarb cobbler. That always goes fast and can be easily made with bags of frozen fruit. Crock pot beans are an excellent choice. Have fun!

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Wed, 03/23/05 5:40 PM
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We have made wontons for these things and they seem to satisfy. If you can get the prepackaged wonton skins, a bag of coleslaw and some glass or rice noodles, you're there. I add garlic, chopped green onions, a dash of rice vinegar and chili oil, pinch of dry mustard, and whatever else we decide on at the time. Fry 'em up and take 'em in.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Wed, 03/23/05 11:13 PM
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I usually bring make-ahead salads to potlucks, anything that can be made the day before and sit in the fridge til the next day.

My three favorites are from allrecipes.com - Deep Dish Layered Salad, Buitoni's Garden Pasta Salad, Sesame Pasta Chicken Salad.

They all taste better after a night in the fridge, have been popular at my potlucks, and even if there are leftovers to bring back home they are still yummy the next day.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Thu, 03/24/05 3:36 AM
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I'm a terrible cook. I bring potato chips.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Thu, 03/24/05 6:19 AM
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i usually bring a big pan of baked ziti or mastacolli as some call it ( to me it's the same thing just different name) or i will sometimes bring a nacho dip kind of thing with chips or dump cake.. that's always a winner and one of the easiest things to make.... :)

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Thu, 03/24/05 7:54 AM
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Scalloped potatoes with ham or spinach pie

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Thu, 03/24/05 8:14 AM
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I usually take a big platter of carrot and celery sticks with dip, a carrot casserole with croutons on top, or a tray of roasted asparagus spears.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Thu, 03/24/05 11:12 AM
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I've decided to go with the cornbread suggestion! I bought two bags of Martha White sweet cornbread mix and jazzed it up with jalapenos, minced onions, corn, sharp cheddar cheese, and spices and we'll see how it goes! It is in the oven now. My neighbor is bringing a spinach salad, which I think will go over as well. I enjoy potlucks, but I don't know why people didn't go for the macaroni salad last time --- maybe they were wary of the mayonaisse!

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Thu, 03/24/05 11:32 AM
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Lately I've been taking Pat Conroy's pickled shrimp, from his 2004 cookbook. He takes it to wakes, but it's just as good with no dead folks around. I took it to a birthday dinner and a meeting of the local historical society, and the dish was cleaned out quickly both times. You make it a day ahead and serve it at room temperature.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Thu, 03/24/05 12:56 PM
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RRRRRRRofl with Mr Chips!!! My "Yankee" cornbread generally disappears quick. I use 2 boxes of jiffy corn muffin mix leaving out half the milk, presoak 1 1/2 cups quick oats in the remaining milk and eggs, 2 cups p-nut butter, 4 tblespns honey and a small can of drained pineapple chunks or peaches (strawberry jam also works)pour in a large cassorle dish and bake in a water bath until golden and a toothpick comes out clean (about an hr)
Another hit is "taco salad" I brown 3 pounds of groundbeef with onions and peppers add a couple packs of taco seasoning then half a small bottle of each catalina and french salad dressing (maybe a little more catalina depending on dryness) a large block of cheddar and montery jack cubed and 1-2 large bags of dorito's crumbled, dot the top with sour cream or pipe a design and sprinkle with green onions or chives

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Thu, 03/24/05 1:29 PM
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Back when I was still cooking, I'd make a big broccoli casserole, and also a big chocolate pan eclair. The eclair was made with graham crackers, jello pudding, cool whip, and canned Duncan Hines fudge frosting - very simple, but people always asked me to bring it, and none of it was ever left.

I read about another very simple dish on another website that went over real well at Thanksgiving. You just put a bag of frozen corn and a block of cream cheese in the crock pot and cook it for about an hour. It's very easy, and just a little bit different.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Thu, 03/24/05 4:02 PM
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Andrea, in my family we don't let how other people react to our contributions concern us. It all started with my paternal grandfather. Dad explained that they'd take a cake with blue frosting. Yes, blue! Not too deeply tinted, as that would make the frosting bitter. Still only those who knew their family well would indulge in Grandma's delicious if odd-looking cake. All the more for the Gemmells, of which there were 11 at the time. Grampa would go through the potluck first. If he didn't take something from a dish, that meant Gramma felt the contributor's kitchen was insufficiently clean and the children were not to take from that dish. Fortunately, no one else figured out what they were doing--or did they? I've told you all about the KKK burning a cross in their yard. Ostensibly that was because Gramma and children (oh, no, not Grampa!) were Catholics.

About 25 years ago I took my special wild rice casserole to a (I'm not making this up, you know!) bluegrass potluck outdoor wedding. When my late partner, Glen, went to pick up the dish at the end, several ladies ganged up on him and said "You're not going ANYWHERE until we get the recipe!" Glen hollered for me, and I accommodated their "request." Nowadays I bring my own carrot cake. Despite the black specks in the frosting (vanilla seed), I seldom get any to take home. At least I don't still dye the frosting blue!

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Thu, 03/24/05 5:44 PM
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Originally posted by michaelgemmell


About 25 years ago I took my special wild rice casserole to a (I'm not making this up, you know!) bluegrass potluck outdoor wedding. When my late partner, Glen, went to pick up the dish at the end, several ladies ganged up on him and said "You're not going ANYWHERE until we get the recipe!"


ok Michael---so lets have the recipe if its THAT good!!

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Thu, 03/24/05 5:45 PM
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Being a BBQ restaurant owner I never get to decide what I'll be bringing. I'm always told. Fine with me because they can eat the BBQ and I get to eat something different.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Thu, 03/24/05 6:18 PM
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Loved by kids and adults and shamefully easy to make is Chocolate Trifle:

One box fudge brownie mix, cooked according to package directions in a 13 x 9 inch pan. Prick top with a fork all over and pour 1/2 cup of Kahlua over the entire pan. Let cool, then crumble. Prepare 3 packages (3.9 oz) of instant chocolate pudding according to package directions, omitting the cooling. Either crush 6 (1.4 oz) Heath bars or have an 8 oz bag of Heath Bits handy as well as a 12 oz container of Cool Whip. Layer 1/3 the brownies in the bottom of a trifle dish, top with 1/3 the pudding, then 1/3 the Cool Whip and then 1/3 the candy. Repeat layers, ending with the candy. This needs to chill about 8 hours before serving. I make it the night before for an afternoon event or first thing in the morning if the party's in the evening.

It looks lovely, tastes great and has made me the favorite of team parties & family reunions.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Thu, 03/24/05 9:15 PM
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Tiki, here's the version for someone like you that knows what you're doing:

Buy wild rice, not some blend, as wild rice is not rice, it's a grain and can never be cooked successfully with any kind of rice. Never boil it, steep it in several chages of boiled water for about 20 minutes per change, until about 1/3 of the kernels are curled open. Boiling it is unneccessarily risky as it goes from underdone to mushy in a moment or two. When it's cooked, drain well and add sautéed mushrooms, stir-fried chicken (unless you're serving it with poultry) and pecans. Bind with a rich cream sauce seasoned well (that rice is still bland) with salt, pepper and allspice. I also sometimes add lorraine cheese to that sauce. Pack into a well-buttered baking dish. At this point it can be held in the fridge. Top with bread crumbs, butter the crumbs, and bake until it's browned and bubbly. I put foil on the top for the first part of baking if it's cold from the fridge. My mom stole this recipe from a dish we were served at the Hotel Nauvoo (IL) in the 1960s. Also, that's James Beard's method of cooking wild rice.

Forgive the preachy sounding wild rice comments. It's quite inedible in those blends, however, and I want you all to LOVE wild rice as much as I do. It's another Taste Of My Childhood, after all, and many of you know what I mean by that.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Thu, 03/24/05 10:04 PM
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Some of these ideas sound delicious. However, if your looking to be popular try pepperoni hot dish. Make a hotdish out of a tomato sauce, big egg noodles (kluski is the brand I use) hamburger, pepperoni and some cheese. Not sophisticated, but yours will be the first gone. Everyone loves pepperoni!

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Fri, 03/25/05 3:09 PM
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Lasagna with a very thick sauce (and not much) so that it doesn't get runny as served. Serve sauce on the side for people to put on AFTER the serving is on their plate. A loose lasagna goes well for the first few folks that serve themselves, but then as another poster says, it can lose it's eye appeal fast. I also use extra cheese and add Jack cheese because Jack gets firm at a lower temp and sort of holds the whole thing together. I also don't use meat, so that vegetarians can eat it. I usually use a layer of broccoli and a layer of sauted mushrooms. Seafood newburg is also popular if the crowd is small enough that I can afford to make it. My middle daughter made a great stuffed zuchinni dish this week with small store bought fruit. I plan to make that and bring it to my mom's house for Easter. When I think stuffed zuchinni I think of those oversized good for nothing fruit that my parents and their friends dropped off at each others houses during my youth. That is why I have not eaten stuffed zuchinni for years. I have been missing out. Small tender zuchinni stuffed with good stuff is great. It is also very attractive in the serving tray. I worry about pot luck. So many people today can't cook, and half of the other half try to "use up" junk from the back of the refrigerator. Sort of to expand on what Mike said, if the family of the person ain't eaten what she brung, you shouldn't either.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Fri, 03/25/05 6:45 PM
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Originally posted by michaelgemmell

Tiki, here's the version for someone like you that knows what you're doing:

Buy wild rice, not some blend, as wild rice is not rice, it's a grain and can never be cooked successfully with any kind of rice. Never boil it, steep it in several chages of boiled water for about 20 minutes per change, until about 1/3 of the kernels are curled open. Boiling it is unneccessarily risky as it goes from underdone to mushy in a moment or two. When it's cooked, drain well and add sautéed mushrooms, stir-fried chicken (unless you're serving it with poultry) and pecans. Bind with a rich cream sauce seasoned well (that rice is still bland) with salt, pepper and allspice. I also sometimes add lorraine cheese to that sauce. Pack into a well-buttered baking dish. At this point it can be held in the fridge. Top with bread crumbs, butter the crumbs, and bake until it's browned and bubbly. I put foil on the top for the first part of baking if it's cold from the fridge. My mom stole this recipe from a dish we were served at the Hotel Nauvoo (IL) in the 1960s. Also, that's James Beard's method of cooking wild rice.

Forgive the preachy sounding wild rice comments. It's quite inedible in those blends, however, and I want you all to LOVE wild rice as much as I do. It's another Taste Of My Childhood, after all, and many of you know what I mean by that.


Cool Michael---sounds really good!!!and fit into the Wole First Nations Cuisine project i am working on---(i will fill in some details on this project later) You are now copied into my MasterCook "Roadfood" cookbook and immortalized! Thanks!

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Mon, 03/28/05 8:52 PM
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I make this all the time and it's the first thing to dissapear.

Drain the liquid from two large cans of Bush baked beans with brown sugar and onion, place in a large oven proof dish.
add one small onion, small dice.
two granny smith apples, peeled, cored and diced to small chunks.
one pound of mild sausage, crumbled, browned and drained of all fat.
cook at 350 degrees for about twenty minutes, or until the mixture is hot and bubbly.
yum yum.

If you want to make something cold, i often cook a small package of pasta shells, al dente, don't let them get mushy.
while they drain and cool, chop very fine, a quarter cup onion, one medium tomato, and half of a medium peeled cucumber.
add this to the cooled pasta, along with two cans of tuna fish, very well drained of liquid, one cup of frozen peas, and enough mayo or miracle whip, your choice, to make it nine and moist.
cover and chill at least two hours. the longer the better.
serve in lettuce cups. easy and cheap.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Mon, 03/28/05 9:20 PM
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I'm surprised no one mentioned green bean casserole.

We had a potluck after church on Easter and there must have been 5 stratas/quiches, all pretty much the same.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Mon, 03/28/05 10:05 PM
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Carl, that's why I always try to make something crunchy or crisp. Most pot lucks seem to be pretty creamy. I like to take a contrasting texture to these wing dings.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Mon, 03/28/05 10:28 PM
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There's one item that always goes over big at a church potluck: a bucket of KFC! And it's always the first thing to disappear! Since most people can't cook, I always pray that someone brings the KFC. You have to make sure you get to the head of the line because it goes fast. Had a church potluck last week. There was no KFC and the food was so scary looking, that I ended up going out to eat afterwards.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Mon, 03/28/05 11:32 PM
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Dessert. You can never go wrong bringing dessert. Sometimes, just some homemade cookies, maybe chocolate chip or Russian tea cookies. If I have the time,(and it really doesn't take much time) I'll make a shoo fly pie. A little different for most people since I live in Oregon, but I've definitely convinced a few people over the years and is now my expected contribution to the Thanksgiving dinner extravaganza I attend every year. JAMESB

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Wed, 03/30/05 5:52 PM
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we love to bring funny things, like those little weenies in the grape jelly/ mustard concoction. people go nuts over " retro food" they love love love devilled eggs, meatballs.....
if u can't cook ,bring cheeses and baguettes. or a variety of fresh and local salsa n chips. or there's always donut holes, kentucky fried chicken or popeyes... they always go fast .

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Wed, 03/30/05 5:56 PM
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ps i like bbq potlucks where you hafto being something to throw on the grill and a side dish to share.... fun

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Wed, 03/30/05 6:06 PM
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Originally posted by hefried

we love to bring funny things, like those little weenies in the grape jelly/ mustard concoction. people go nuts over " retro food" they love love love devilled eggs, meatballs.....
if u can't cook ,bring cheeses and baguettes. or a variety of fresh and local salsa n chips. or there's always donut holes, kentucky fried chicken or popeyes... they always go fast .


Jeez, you just described 1/2 my family's diet. That's so cool. I didn't know we were retro.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Wed, 03/30/05 7:26 PM
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hefried, would you be so kind as to tell us more about the "weenies in the grape jelly/mustard combination"? I've never heard of that.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Wed, 03/30/05 7:41 PM
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Michael,Though I haven't heard of the mustard part, a standard party dish I learned long ago was to combine a jar of grape jelly and a couple of packages of lil smokies cocktail weiners in a crock pot. I usually add a dash of red pepper sauce. That's it.
We also have a family wild rice casserole, not quite as complex as yours, and from the other side of the river in Ft. Madison, Iowa. It was my submission to the Christmas cookbook; for our family it was always a holiday dish. It's in there somewhere.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Thu, 03/31/05 8:58 AM
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hefried, would you be so kind as to tell us more about the "weenies in the grape jelly/mustard combination"? I've never heard of that.


Folks around here are using grape jelly and BBQ sauce. It ain't bad, either.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Thu, 03/31/05 2:43 PM
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I bought my microwave from Friedman's, and at the time they included free cooking classes. In one such class, they took grape jelly and chili sauce, half and half, and nuked it as a sauce for party meatballs. I'm still curious about the mustard.

Bill, this is the time of year for me when the Road is calling, calling calling. How cruel of you to make me think of Nauvoo again! One time years ago, my family wanted to take Aunt Catherine out for a noontime Sunday dinner. She had just been to the Hotel Nauvoo for dinner 2 nights before, and suggested we go to a hotel in Fort Madison. Uncle Louis was the coductor on the Super Chief, so she had a card so we wouldn't have to pay the toll on the Santa Fe bridge. It was the first time I had fried catfish, or, for that matter, ANY fresh fish. My family was appalled, but Aunt Catherine said, "Let me show you how to eat that. It's good here. Sit next to me!"

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Thu, 03/31/05 3:00 PM
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Michael, Ft. Madison was the last duty stop on the Santa Fe for my Grandfather. He had worked his way up to Mechanical superintendent- Eastern Lines, meaning Chicago to Newton, Ks. His responsibilites included rating the train crews. My mom says he would get on the train and ride, watching the operations, making sure all was a pleasurable experience.I'm certain he must have known your Uncle, for those were the crews he rated.He chose to retire so he could return to KCK, rather than being bumped up to a VP position in Chicago. Small world indeed. Did you get a copy of the Roadfood Christmas Cookbook? It's in aPDF file which I have retained somewhere. I'll email it to you if you so desire.
Bill
PS: our wild rice recipe too came from a catfish shack that grandpa would take the "Chicago Bigwigs" to when they came to town craving catfish.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Fri, 04/15/05 4:35 AM
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It is kind of funny how you get known for a particular dish at Potlucks. Where I work, we do at least one potluck a month. In order to make sure that we have enough dishes in the various catagories we do a sign up sheet. You sign up for a main dish, vegetable or casserole, salad, or dessert. For me, it has come to the point that I dont even see the sign up sheet anymore. A couple of years ago, I took my Red, White, and Blue Jello Salad and now I am not allowed to bring anything else. Simple, but it takes a little time.

Red, White, and Blue Jello Salad

Ingrediant List

4 packages Red Raspberry Jello
2 package Unflavored Gelatin
1 package Cream Cheese
1 Pint Half and Half or Heavy cream
1 1/2 cups Sugar
2 teaspoons Vanilla
1 can Oregon Blueberries in Heavy Syrup
1 can Oregon Red Raspberries in Heavy Syrup

1. Combine 3 cups Hot Water with 2 packages Red Raspberry Jello, allow to cool to room temperature and add the canned Raspberries with the Syrup. Mix, pour into Mold, and Refrigerate.

2. Dissolve the 2 packages Unflavored Gelatin in 1 cup of Hot Water. Allow to Cool 15 - 20 minutes. Add the Cream Cheese, Half and Half or Cream, Vanilla, Sugar, and the Jello Water to a Blender. Blend until Smooth. Pour on top of Raspberries when it has set.

3. Repeat Step 1 using the Bluberries.

If you use a Jello Mold, you get a nice patriotic themed salad, but for a potluck just make it in a large casserole dish. For Diabetics, you can cut the amount of sugar by using Sugar Free Jello and Splenda. It tastes great, but I don't understand peoples fascination with it.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Thu, 04/21/05 9:51 PM
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At work I was always the "instigator" of potlucks, and now I still go to many.

I have seen the cocktail weenies done several ways with the grape jelly, and mustard is undectable but gives it a good flavor. Some do them just with BBQ sauce also.

For work, anything done in a crockpot is wonderful because it can cook all morning. The aroma DOES tend to disrupt some, though, but in a nice way!

I often make real Mexican rice, or sammiches made from cooked bacon, cream cheese, green onions, and a few surprise ingredients. Never have any left to bring home!

When I am lazy, I go to Church's chicken and buy honey biscuits. I call ahead to order and tell them to make sure you can actually TELL they are drizzled with honey.

When we have potlucks at church our dear retired bishop emeritus would have the secretary order Pizza, his favorite!

And Marie (RIP) always owuld make the asparacus casserole. That is the only way I can stomach asparagus!

I also do a crockpot thang with ground beef, which I cook and drain before heading to work, then at work, fire up the cp and add 2 cans Rotel (with the cilantro/ blue label), two cans cream of chicken soup, two cans cream of shroom soup, minced fresh garlic, and let it cook al morning with the meat.

About 20 mins before serving time, add about a pound or two of grated cheese, and lots of Nacho cheesier Doritos.

It is sorta like cheater's King Ranch Casserole, because I refuse to cook and hand-bone enough chicken to feed that many.

Oh, and not necessarily for potluck, but just as a treat for employees, I woud sometimes buy a byncha huge, ripe aguacates (avocados) (back when they were not so 'spensive) and make a huge bowl of guac with Fritos scoops.

Are ya hungreeee yet?

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Mon, 05/16/05 10:49 PM
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In my experience, you can't go wrong with deviled eggs at a potluck. People love them, and not many people make them just to enjoy at home. I like to add a little bit of horseradish to the filling. Yummy!


There's a place in the municipal market I usually go to for lunch
that makes them that way. Deviled eggs with horseradish don't taste quite right to me. Just my opinion.

I usually make hot wings for pot-lucks (oven-baked and coated with bottled barbecue sauce, sriracha or other Asian chili sauce [Yeo's is best], and vinegar), sometimes I make marinated 'shrooms or Rotini Ascesso (rotini in sebaceous sauce ), so-called because of all the stinky Romano cheese I use. FOr the sauce I usually use a good Caesar salad dressing: Ken's, Gazebo Room Greek salad drssing, or even Giant brand (olive oil, not creamy).

I like rotini, they hold sauce well and are hard to overcook.


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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Tue, 05/17/05 12:07 AM
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One of the ladies I worked with brought the following super easy dessert/salad to most of our office potlucks and there was never any leftovers.
1 CAN PEACH PIE FILLING
1 CAN CHUNK PINEAPPLE, DRAINED
3 SLICED BANANAS
½ PKG FROZEN UNSWEETENED WHOLE STRAWBERRIES, THAWED
1 SMALL CAN MANDARINE ORANGES, DRAINED

MIX CONTENTS TOGETHER AND REFRIGERATE. Serves 10 to 12.



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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Wed, 05/18/05 7:40 PM
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No matter what, I'm expected to provide "sausage balls" made with roughly 2lbs pork breakfast sausage, about 2 cups shredded cheddar, and maybe two cups of "biscuit mix." Mix, form into walnut size balls, and bake for about 30 minutes. There're probably recipes listed at allrecipes.com for this - it's absurd that there are NEVER any left, no matter if you double or triple the recipe. (My favorite variation is to use bulk pork Italian sausage, a mix of mozzarella and cheddar plus a drizzle of EVOO as the biscuit mix needs the oil to bind to, the biscuit mix, and roll each ball in parmesean before baking. Sausage balls are also a must on Christmas Day for us - easy to prep ahead and bake as needed.




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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Wed, 05/18/05 8:01 PM
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When I have time I make Vietnamese Spring Rolls. They're cold, they have lots of colors from vegetables. They're low in fat and disappear before I blink.

I agree with the devilled eggs because they are only eaten at parties, they're always a treat. (I dunno, can you think of a time that you made devilled eggs for just a meal at home?) But I don't use horseradish. I use crumbled bacon.

And for misbehaving parties, I have been known as the purveyor of jello shots:
lime with tequila = margarita
orange with vodka = screwdrivers
fruit punch with rum = island punch
cranberry with vodka and lime juice = cape codders

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Thu, 07/14/05 1:55 AM
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Here's a nice bring-food I learned from my Northern Italian grandmother:

Slice a few juicy oranges; pour a good helping of Marsala wine over them. Add a few maraschino cherries, and some sugar. Let sit overnight in the fridge.

We had these every holiday meal and I loved them ...easy, pretty. nice as a gift.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Thu, 07/14/05 10:24 AM
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Originally posted by Bonzmoose

One of the ladies I worked with brought the following super easy dessert/salad to most of our office potlucks and there was never any leftovers.
1 CAN PEACH PIE FILLING
1 CAN CHUNK PINEAPPLE, DRAINED
3 SLICED BANANAS
½ PKG FROZEN UNSWEETENED WHOLE STRAWBERRIES, THAWED
1 SMALL CAN MANDARINE ORANGES, DRAINED

MIX CONTENTS TOGETHER AND REFRIGERATE. Serves 10 to 12.


I do a similar fruit salad, but with the following differences:
Use Apple Pie Filling (large 28oz can) instead of peach, fresh quartered strawberries instead of frozen, and replace the banana with halved seedless grapes. Be sure and cut down any large pieces of apple so that it is bite-sized. Very nice fruit salad!

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Thu, 07/14/05 10:43 AM
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I always bring hash brown casserole similar to Cracker Barrel's. It's the only dish that I never have leftovers.

in a 4qt slow cooker combine: (half the recipe for a 9*13 pan to bake at 350 for about 45 minutes)
2 pkgs shredded "Simply Potatoes" refrigerated hash browns (also good w/the O'brian cubed potates)
1 cup finely chopped onion
16 oz sour cream
2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 t. seasoned salt (I like Natures Seasons)
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar or colby cheese
big splash of Worcestershire sauce
dash of tobasco sauce


I mix everything directly in the crock. (I start w/ the soup, sour cream, & seasonings, then the onions, then the cheese, then the potatoes)
Cook at high for 4 hours then turn to low until serving time. YUM!!!! and so easy

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Thu, 07/14/05 4:19 PM
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I usually bring, garbage bread which for some reason or another I always am asked to bring. I have also taken Potato Pancakes many times they also get a warm welcome as well. I make a mean Chocolate Chip Cookie as well always a crowd pleaser.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Thu, 07/14/05 4:29 PM
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Agree with you on the Simply Potatoes casserole, PC diva....I take that one to picnics all of the time and it's a "can't miss" hit every time. Love the fact that it's so simple.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Thu, 07/14/05 11:22 PM
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I take some pasta salad or something like that. Or I go to work and pick 5 items for $5.95 and bring like 5 onion petals 5 mozzarella sticks and 5 jalapeno bites.I get invited to alot of pot lucks when I do this.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Fri, 07/15/05 10:45 AM
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Mmmm. Deep-fried troll...

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Fri, 07/15/05 10:59 AM
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I always bring a dessert item. Sides are not my specialty. Cookies, usually bar cookies, with chocolate and nuts usually get people's attention. Brownies are avoided as they are over done at these events.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Fri, 07/15/05 11:40 AM
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Originally posted by pcdiva

I always bring hash brown casserole similar to Cracker Barrel's. It's the only dish that I never have leftovers.

in a 4qt slow cooker combine: (half the recipe for a 9*13 pan to bake at 350 for about 45 minutes)
2 pkgs shredded "Simply Potatoes" refrigerated hash browns (also good w/the O'brian cubed potates)
1 cup finely chopped onion
16 oz sour cream
2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 t. seasoned salt (I like Natures Seasons)
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar or colby cheese
big splash of Worcestershire sauce
dash of tobasco sauce


I mix everything directly in the crock. (I start w/ the soup, sour cream, & seasonings, then the onions, then the cheese, then the potatoes)
Cook at high for 4 hours then turn to low until serving time. YUM!!!! and so easy


NOW I'M HONGRY!
I could eat potatoes three times a day, love'em, love'em LOVE'EM!
Thanks, pcdiva, I have bookmarked this recipe.
Copper

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Fri, 07/15/05 12:04 PM
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The first time I made this, I actually roasted corn on the grill and cut the kernels off, now I buy a bag of Trader Joe's Roasted corn. Everyone seems to love this:

Roasted Corn, Black Bean and Mango Salad

1 tbsp oil
2 garlic cloves
3 cups corn kernels
2 cups diced peeled mango
1 cup chopped red onion
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/3 cup lime juice
3 tbsp chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp salt
1 drained canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce, chopped
2 15 ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained
8 cups mixed salad greens

Heat oil in a large skillet, cook garlic 30 seconds then stir in corn until browned, about 8 minutes. Put corn in large mixing bowl and add all ingedients except the salad greens. Stir well. Serve mixture over greens on individual plates.

Most times when I make this, I skip the greens, makes a great salsa without them.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Fri, 07/15/05 1:45 PM
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Pogophile- Deep-fried Troll seems to be appearing more often these days. Maybe we need to turn up the temperature of the oil used to 'brown' it. I will investigate!!

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Thu, 07/21/05 12:16 AM
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Pasta salad,mozarella sticks,jalapeno bites,and onion petals. Though I must say I try to scarf down the cheese sticks before the other guest get to them.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Fri, 07/22/05 2:17 AM
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Thank you Fast Food for an on=topic post.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Wed, 08/3/05 7:15 AM
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Hello all. For potlucks or family gatherings, I am ordered to make deviled eggs. I don't use horseradish, but instead, I put a dab of horseradish sauce in the white host and then the yellow filling. The fear of failure has made me resent making deviled eggs.
Other potluck favorites I like to make depend on the season or event. In the summer, I like to make pork and beans, with strips of bacon and chopped onions. I chopped the onions in big pieces because I cannot eat onions, but love the flavor that seeps into the bean sauce. Big pieces can be brushed to the side. Green beans that we have canned from our garden and cooked with ham is always a favorite, and of course baked macaroni and cheese, made from scratch and not a box. I try to bake it so it has a crusty top, and creamy insides. Take care.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Wed, 08/3/05 8:14 AM
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At picnics for various functions, one of my aunts would make one of the most delicious cold salads, that would always go over big...it was a cold shrimp pasta salad, but she would always use the canned, tiny shrimps, and the smallest shell pasta that you could purchase...combined with Hellman's mayonnaise, finely diced celery and onion, and you have a wonderful combination of textures and flavors, and plus, it looks good, too.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Wed, 08/3/05 9:04 AM
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People like familiar food at potlucks. My two favorite things to bring are macaroni and cheese, and PB&J brownies.

The PB& J brownies were a big hit at the last potluck; everyone else brought chocolate brownies. I simply substitute smooth peanut butter for the butter in my favorite chcoclate brownie recipe, omit the chocolate, spread 3/4 batter in the pan, dollop in strawberry or raspberry jam , dollop in remaining 1/4 batter, and marbleize the top by swirling a knife through the batter.

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RE: What do you take to Pot Luck? - Wed, 08/3/05 12:08 PM
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Out of habit, I almost always take deviled eggs. They always go well.
And most of the time, I make my Chocolate Eclair Dessert. It always gets gone.

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