Good recipes to share with friends.
I would never ever tell you to buy something to bring to a potluck. I blog recipes for goodness’ sake. Why would I ever suggest that?
Well, let’s admit it. You have a busy life. I have a busy life. Sometimes we get swept up in the hustle and bussle and for one potluck won’t have the time to whip up anything decent.
Now, in most situations the rule is to strut your kitchen prowess, devote some time to your food and bring a unique dish crafted with the love only you can bring. Set aside the time to make something really phenomenal. Show your host and fellow potluck goers that you care. Certain excuses just won’t fly, for example:
However, there are situations where you do have a decent excuse. Maybe you have a busy day, or you’re just getting back from a trip or maybe you just can’t cook if your life depended on it. Heck, maybe your kitchen is under renovations or you need to spend time in the hospital with a loved one all day. I don’t know… life gets in the way of potlucks. Blah blah blah.
Consider the amount of time you have. Even if you have to buy make sure you bring something special and unique. Use your farmers’ markets and local shops if you can. Here are some options:
A teaspoon of time
(less than 15 minutes of prep time at home plus some time for baking and/or picking up groceries)
A dash of time
( 5 to 15 minutes out of the way, maybe half an hour depending on where you live)
A smidgeon of time
(less than 5 minutes out of the way)
With all these simple ideas you really shouldn’t need to resort to something generic. Whatever you do don’t bring chips and salsa and don’t buy a pre-made dish from the deli counter of your generic supermarket. Try to avoid bringing what another time-lost person would bring. Even if you can’t bake, strive to be unique and go that extra mile.
I’m sure there are a million more great ideas floating around out there… what have you got?