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.
Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.
Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.