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Potlucks might be the leading cause of indigestion, but they sure are fun.
Potlucks might be the leading cause of indigestion, but they sure are fun.

How can I get potlucky?

I love a potluck. I love the word. I love the concept. I love (most of) the food.

The most amazing part to me, hence the "luck" part of the name, is that even though guests often do not communicate what they are bringing, there always seems to be a balanced mix of entrees, sides and desserts. (Except that one time when everyone was on the same "I think I'll make enchiladas" train of thought, but luckily the hostess had plenty of Corona to wash down all the cheesy goodness).

I did get invited to a potluck once when the hostess asked me what I was bringing ahead of time and then suggested I bring something else. That was a total potluck buzz kill.

However, most potlucks are a culinary leap of faith, but I am running out of ideas for dishes to bring. I used to have a few potluck staples, including taco dip. I firmly believe that a deep love for taco dip is one thing all Americans can agree on. Taco dip might be the missing link between humans and world peace. Taco dip should run for office.

At past potlucks, I have contributed chili, tater tot casserole, ants on a log (obviously a very kid-populated potluck), lasagna and homemade mac 'n' cheese. I want to make something different that shares well, is relatively easy to prepare and tastes good when it's not piping hot.

Got any ideas for me? And please, nobody suggest enchiladas. Or taco dip.

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beefsupreme | Oct. 31, 2012 at 8:19 a.m. (report)

I can't imagine a potluck that would be overwhelmed by too many desert options, or even several pans of the same type of potluck brownies.

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olderwiser | Oct. 30, 2012 at 9:44 p.m. (report)

Cherry tomatoes, mozzarella pearls, and a basil leaf skewered kabob style on a cocktail stick. Caprese Bites. The health conscious and salad lovers always love this.

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