Potluck

Assembling a Salad

When I assemble my favorite salad, I coat the serving bowl with some of the dressing, then toss the remaining dressing with the salad. This little trick keeps the salad evenly coated from the…

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Bread Bowl and Cheese Dip

I like to fix a bread bowl filled with cheese dip when I go to a potluck. To warm the filled bowl, I put it in a floured oven cooking bag, seal and place in the oven. After baking, I can transport…

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Bringing Soup or Stew

Whenever you're bringing a stew, soup or chili to a potluck, you'll find it can be easily transported in a 5-quart slow cooker. —Charlene Spelock, Apollo, Pennsylvania

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Cake for a Crowd

When baking a cake to feed a crowd, I prepare a regular cake mix but bake it in a jelly roll pan for about 30 minutes. To frost the cake, I beat together one can of prepared frosting, 2 cups…

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Canned Beans Save Time

When I have to prepare baked beans or ham and beans for a get-together, I find it's faster to use canned great northern beans instead of dried beans. I then just have to add my favorite…

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Caramel Corn

When I make a big batch of caramel corn, I cook the syrup in a large nonstick kettle. I add the popped corn to the syrup and stir with a plastic spoon until well coated. I pour the mixture into a…

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Casserole Carrier

When taking a dish to a dinner, I remove the hot/cold pad from the casserole carrier and place it under the dish to serve. It keeps the casserole hotter or the salad colder during serving time.…

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Chopsticks as Skewers

I like to use chopsticks as an alternative to sharp-pointed wooden skewers. —Shannon Abdollmohammadi, Woodinville, Washington

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Cinnamon French Toast

Here's a way to make a special French toast for a breakfast potluck or brunch buffet: Purchase a loaf of cinnamon bread and cut it into thick slices. Prepare and cook it as you would regular bread…

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Clean Cookie Sheets

To keep from dirtying so many cookie sheets when you’re baking several batches of cookies, try this: Cut five or six pieces of parchment paper to fit your cookie sheet. Lay them on the countertop…

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