The May/June issue features great recipe ideas that are sure to be a hit at a summer family gathering. You’ll find even more recipes here that will be perfect for your next reunion, picnic or potluck. We’ve also included a few tips to make transporting food for a potluck even easier.

Field editor Julia Livingston of Frostproof, Florida sent the recipe for this Hearty Spaghetti that feeds a crowd. For easy transport, assemble pasta and sauce in an insulated carrier.

"To maintain freshness, serve this make-ahead Grape Turkey Salad on a chilled platter and replenish often," says field editor Sue Ross of Casa Grande, Arizona

"I remember begging my mother to make this moist Chocolate Chip Date Cake back in the '50s," says Kathy Frees from Fergus Falls, Minnesota. "Instead of sticky frosting, it's covered with sugar and nuts and is a wonderful treat to take along on picnics."

“My mom stuffs soft homemade yeast rolls with ground beef, tomato sauce and cheese to make these tasty Cheeseburger Buns,” says Nancy Holland of Morgan Hill, California. “They're great leftovers, too. My son takes them in his lunch the next day.”

Chock-full of tomato, red and green pepper and tricolor spirals, this full-flavored Greek Pasta Salad is as attractive as it is delicious. Dawna Waggoner of Minong, Wisconsin adds feta cheese and black olives to the medley before coating it with a speedy homemade dressing.

“When putting on a party for their American Legion Post, my father and uncle prepared this yummy Au Gratin Party Potatoes dish,” shares Crystal Kolady of Henrietta, New York. “I've used the recipe for smaller groups by making a half or quarter of it. It's simple to divide.”

Potluck Tips

  • When attending potluck meals, I "label" the food I’m sharing. I write the name of the dish on a small piece of paper that resembles a toy boat sail, attach the label to a wooden skewer and stand the skewer in the dish like a sign. That way no one has to try to guess, "What is this?" —Paula Z., Logan, Utah
  • When you’re baking big batches of homemade biscuits for a family reunion or fund-raising breakfast, here’s a quick way to cut out the biscuits. Dip an aluminum ice-cube tray divider in flour and press down on the dough to cut a number of square biscuits all at once. —Amber S., Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  • I use a clean milk crate to transport my slow cooker to a potluck. I line the crate with a towel, take the cover off the slow cooker and put foil over it. I set the cooker in the crate with my serving utensil. The crate keeps the pot from tipping and catches any drips. And when I leave, I don't have to look for my lid! —Helen P., Horseheads, New York
  • When hosting a potluck dinner, I use sticky notes or signs to mark where the food items such as main dishes, salads, desserts and beverages should go on the buffet table. This way, I avoid a lot of confusion and questions when greeting guests. —Julia G., Midland, Michigan

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