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Potluck

Summer Party Tips

To keep salads, meats and desserts cold and safe at a summer party, I place all the containers in a pleasing arrangement in a small, inflatable child-size swimming pool. Then I sprinkle bags of…

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Swimming Pool Cooler

We frequently host picnics and outdoor parties at our house in the summer, and I've found it's difficult to keep the salads cold. Then I came upon the idea of filling a child's plastic swimming…

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Take-Home Meal

When I help with a carry-in meal for events like weddings, funerals, etc., I make sure to bring along a good supply of clean empty disposable containers and lids. They have proven to be such a…

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Taking Cupcakes for a Potluck

When fixing cupcakes for a potluck, I prepare them ahead and freeze them unfrosted. Before taking them to share, I make a soft powdered sugar frosting and dip the frozen cupcakes to frost them.…

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Taking Hot Dishes to Potlucks

Liquids, gravies and sauces are easily kept hot in a wide-mouth thermos. Casseroles and meat dishes can be wrapped in one of the new insulated carrying cases that keep foods warm for short periods…

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Tip Keeps Green Salads Cold

I like to take a green salad to potlucks. To keep the greens cold and crisp, I add a cup of frozen peas to the salad and cover tightly. By the time I serve it, the peas are mostly thawed but the…

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Transporting Casseroles

I have trouble keeping aluminum foil on my casserole dishes when transporting them to potluck dinners. Instead, I put the dishes inside a clear plastic oven bag. The bags trap any spills, don’t…

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Transporting Hot Dishes

When I transport hot dishes, I use a gym bag or a bag large enough to hold a 13- by 9-inch dish. I wrap the dish in newspaper, then line the bag with a large bath towel and wrap the towel around…

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Transporting Hot Food

To transport hot foods, I place about four 8- by 8-inch or larger tiles in the oven to warm while the food is cooking. Handling them carefully, I place the tiles under and around the hot dish in a…

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Transporting Pumpkin Pies

My pumpkin pie is often requested for potlucks, so I double the recipe when I make pie for my family. The extra baked pies get wrapped three times in plastic wrap and once in aluminum foil, then…

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