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Old 11-06-2008, 06:03 PM   #1
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Potluck Parties

For those of you who aren`t familiar with a potluck it`s just everyone who is invited brings a different dish and you feast! It`s great. So I was wondering, how often do you guys potluck with friends and what types of dishes have you brought in the past to these parties?

I never knew about the potluck thing until I started culinary school. Most of us were in a new town with no family for Easter so somebody suggested a potluck, new idea to most of us. I was pretty broke at the time so I just threw together a corn and broccoli veg dish with clarified butter and some herbs and spices, don`t remember exactly what I threw in there. We had another at the end of the year, this time the only food I had in my house was pasta so I didnt bring anything. One guy brought cream cheese bavarians in seperate little plastic dish cups, that was my favorite thing there and I thought was a great idea if you knew the general amount of people coming. Just make a couple extra just in case. One time at school I was let take home a raspberry chicken glace and sour cream pork glace sauces I made that day, it sparked the idea of a Sunday football and potluck Barbecue Potluck. I had bell peppers marinating in oil and herbs and some red pepper flakes as well as some steaks ready to fire up the next day but we got rained out which blew, I was excited for that one, mostly cause everything was gonna be grilled. It never got off the ground again, got too cold out.

I`m hoping to do another potluck sometime soon, they`re a hell of a lot of fun. So share your potluck experiences here with us.

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Old 11-06-2008, 07:29 PM   #2
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Spell it potluck or pot luck - I grew up with these at church (usually about once a month) and then when I was older at places where I worked (usually 2-4 times a year) or occasionally when a bunch of friends were getting together for some occasion (4th of July and Thanksgiving when I was living in Colorado for 5 years). We also had a "block party" pot luck last 4th of July where I now live ... we broke out the grills and had burgers and hot dogs - some chipped in for the meat and buns, others brought the sides and fixings. That's about 55-years that I can remember - don't remember much about them before I was 5-yo.

Sometimes we would have a sign up sheet - you would sign up to bring a dish in a catagory (meat, side, salad, dessert, etc.) or name the dish you were going to bring ... or a true "pot luck" where nobody knew what anybody else was going to bring. Many "fund raiser" church cookbooks came from the "signature" dish recipes brought to pot luck dinners - unfortunately it was a coomon practice for Mrs. X to leave out 1 ingredient in her famous "what's" it recipe so nobody could ever make it taste as good as she did.

If you look in our Special Events & Planning sub-forum (under our Today's Menu & Food Talk Forum) we have several threads where we have discussed this.
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Old 11-06-2008, 10:22 PM   #3
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We're having a potluck at work tomorrow - the Fall Fling I'm taking a Mexican beef and hominy casserole that I doctored up quite a bit from the recipe. I like this cookbook, but it's rather old (got it at a used-book store), so some of the recipes don't have as much seasoning as I like. I've got the casserole all ready, sitting in my Crock-pot crock in the fridge, so tomorrow I can heat it up in the Crock-pot and not compete with the rest of the building trying to get time in the one oven

We grew up with potlucks, too, and we have neighbors who have a big potluck porch party every year. And our civic league has a holiday potluck for the December meeting. If this casserole goes over well, I might use it again, but I have lots of large-serving recipes I've used in the past. Are you looking for specific recipes, Lytle?
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Old 11-06-2008, 10:29 PM   #4
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All my parents friends had 3 or 4 or 5 kids so when we all got together, no way could one family feed the whole crew so it was always potluck. We'd get together just about once a month. Our church growing up was famous for pot luck dinners and the tradition has continued in every church we've belonged to! We still enjoy pot lucks. you get to try so many different dishes. They are wonderful!
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Old 11-07-2008, 11:54 AM   #5
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I'm not looking for recipes, just trying to get a good discussion thread going. And Michael Im new, dont care to search every forum just to see if something was done before I was here and never even noticed this Events one anyway.
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Old 11-07-2008, 12:01 PM   #6
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we have been involved with potlucks involving a large circle of friends, for over 30 years now, we do three events each fall/holiday season. One is a smoked turkey potluck right after Thanksgiving. One is a Christmas fingerfoods/drunk/carol sing, this year will be with 6 grandchildren of the host/hostess...how can that be??

anyway, I usually take a vegetable; baked butternut sqash, or potato salad, or fresh broccoli salad.... I am quite happy to use up some of the fall vegetable harvest with these potlucks
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Old 11-07-2008, 12:20 PM   #7
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I love pot lucks.
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Old 11-07-2008, 07:15 PM   #8
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I went to quite a few church and PTA potluck dinners growing up in southern California. Here in South Carolina (and North Carolina, where I go to church) they have them too, but they call them "covered dish suppers." I wonder how many other names there are for the same concept.

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Old 11-07-2008, 08:26 PM   #9
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I love potlucks!! It's the best. You get to try everyones favorite dishes. Can you imagine what it would be like if everyone here got together with a potluck?? O my goodness, MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM, hehe
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It's a good idea to have a theme so all the dishes tie together like Mexican another thing is to find out what people want to bring so I ask them what will it be? Entrée, side dish, salad, appetizer or dessert that way you don't end up with a bunch of desserts or otherwise. I usually fill in the missing dish. Oh and the people on the ranch that do not have a kitchen and eat at the lodge are not expected to bring anything and since we always have more than enough food. Oh and yes everyone brings their own drink of choice and I have some beer and wine also.
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