Potluck

Pretty Punch Display

Instead of using a traditional punch bowl, I serve my holiday punch using a two-piece cake stand. I invert the base, set the domed lid inside, then add the punch. It makes a nice centerpiece on a…

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Quick Defrost

If you forget to defrost frozen hash brown potatoes before your next party, just put them in a colander and rinse with cold water until thawed. Then put them in a salad spinner to remove excess…

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Serving BLTs for a Bunch

When I plan to serve breakfast or BLT sandwiches to a crowd, I cook the bacon the day before and keep it in the refrigerator. When I need it, I just heat it in the oven while I’m getting other…

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Serving Dish Lids

I secure serving dish lids with rubber bands for easier traveling. I make sure to mark the dishes and the lids so I don’t mix them up with other families’ containers. —Edna H., Hebron, Indiana

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Slicing Canned Potatoes

It's easy to cut canned potatoes in perfect sizes for a breakfast casserole. I use my egg slicer! —Valerie Giebeig, Tallahassee, Florida

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Slow Cooker for Mashed Potatoes

Making mashed potatoes for a crowd? After you prepare them, place in a slow cooker on low heat to keep them warm during serving. They'll keep for about 2 hours. —Jackie D., Peyton,…

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Snack Muffins

Field editor Shirley Glaab of Hattiesburg, Mississippi likes to serve her Pecan Corn Muffins with meals, as a snack or at teatime. “They’re my favorite because they’re not as sweet as most…

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Spaghetti Dinner

Have a spaghetti dinner coming up? To give meatballs a firmer texture and help them hold their shape without altering the taste, I add 1 or 2 tablespoons of fine dry bread crumbs per pound of…

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Special Lemonade

Make lemonade or iced tea special by dipping the rims of glasses in a little fresh lemon juice, then twisting the glasses slightly in a saucer of sugar. Set trays of glasses in the refrigerator…

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Spicy Potluck Foods

Spicy Pork Chili might make your forehead sweat, cautions Larry Laatsch of Saginaw, Michigan. “I like spicy foods, but sometimes I have to tone them down for my family’s sake,” he says.

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