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Potluck: Bring the Party

Want to spend time with friends without spending a lot of cash? There's no better way than a potluck. Divide the cooking and share the fun.

Everyday Food, March 2012

Potluck Pointers

For Hosts

  • The host often makes the main course. Assign guests categories for the rest of the meal, such as salad or dessert.
  • Have friends who are always late? Don't assign them the hors d'oeuvres!
  • Ask friends who don't cook to bring bread, fresh fruit, or wine.
  • Make room in your refrigerator beforehand for perishable fare.
  • You can give your guests a theme to inspire them without requesting that people make specific dishes. Do have recipe suggestions in case they ask.

For Guests

  • Make dishes that travel well -- a platter of fussy appetizers may not survive a car ride.
  • Bring food in containers that can go right on the buffet. Don't forget the serving utensils.
  • A dish that's ready to serve is best, but let your host know ahead of time if you'll need oven, stove, or fridge space.


Lima-Bean Crostini with Ricotta
Marinated Mushrooms
Fennel-Arugula Salad with Oranges
Green Beans with Olives
Roast Pork with Pan Sauce
Espresso Mousse

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