Potluck

Hot Potluck Favorites

To keep my potluck favorites hot, I cover each dish with plastic wrap, then place a lid on top. I then wrap the dishes in warm towels for added insulation. —Fred Richard Day, St. George,…

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Ice Cube Trays

When you’re making lots of ice cubes for a summer get-together, spray the trays first with nonstick cooking spray and wipe off the excess before filling with water. When they’re frozen, give the…

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In Charge of Punch

Whenever I'm asked to bring a punch to a potluck, I pack all of the ingredients I need in a cooler and assemble the drink there. —Susan Freebury, Wilton, North Dakota

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Keep Items Chilled

Since food often sits on a buffet line for quite a while, I like to make sure my favorite potato salad stays chilled. I serve it in a stainless steel bowl that is set in another stainless steel…

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Ladyfingers Alternative

A pretty alternative to ladyfingers is jelly roll slices around the edge of your dessert serving bowl. —Wilma Edwards, Morris, Illinois

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Make-Ahead Stuffed Pepper Shells

Stuffed peppers are my specialty for fall potlucks. So, in the summer, when peppers are abundant, I freeze them. To prepare the peppers for freezing, wash well; remove seeds and stem. Blanch for 3…

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Making Lots of Dumplings

I’m frequently called upon to provide dumplings for the chicken-and-dumpling dinners at church. I make my dough in large quantities, separate it into single batches and freeze it until I need it.…

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Microwaved Icing

I was tired of icing running down the sides of a cake and pooling on the plate, until I tried this: Make the icing thicker, then microwave it for a few seconds before slowly drizzling over the…

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Molded Butter

It’s easy to serve molded pats of butter with rolls on a buffet—and they look so special! I purchase candy molds in assorted seasonal shapes. I soften some butter, press it into the molds…

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Nutty Alternative

Some of my friends and family cannot eat nuts. When making a big pan of brownies or a cake to share, I top it with English toffee bits instead. They have a nice crunch and are a tasty addition.…

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