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Potlucks

The original potluck referred to a meal cooked in one pot with whatever ingredients happened to be on hand -- the luck of the pot. Today, a potluck is a delicious communal, easy-on-the-host gathering of family and friends. Turn to our recipe arsenal of casseroles, salads, desserts, and more for a guaranteed potluck crowd-pleaser.

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Adding toasted whole-wheat breadcrumbs gives this dish a nice crunch that balances out the creaminess of the sauce. Rather than baking the shells with the crumbs on top (which can make them soggy), toast the breadcrumbs separately, and toss a handful over each serving right before you put it on the table.

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This main-course-worthy dish is all about the presentation. Quinoa's a complete protein, and it will easily fill up guests who skip the turkey. If you're serving vegans, swap the feta for some nutritional yeast, which has a mild nutty, cheesy flavor.

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Peter Berley, former executive chef of Angelica Kitchen in New York City and author of "The Flexitarian Table," created this healthier version of a traditional family favorite."My mom liked to combine apple, celery, raisins, and walnuts with some mayo," he says. "It was one of the salady things she'd put out with the meal. My recipe is a postmodern expression of that. The apple is tart; the celery has a saline minerality; and the sunchokes provide earthiness. Treble, alto, and bass. Walnuts add the sweetness and fat, which really ties the salad together."