January 28, 2006

76th Carnival of Recipes - Pot Luck

A subscriber to one of the recipe mailing lists my wee wifey runs cited an obscure Bible verse, apparently found in Second Thomas, which reads "Wherever two or more are gathered in my name, eat." Many churches operate on this principle; indeed many cookbooks containing recipes of shareable recipes call themselves Church Supper cookbooks. The potluck is not, however, a Biblical event. We've attended Wiccan and New Age potlucks, G-dless Communist potlucks, and even plain old neighborhood potlucks. In a sense every week's sharing of recipes is a virtual potluck, but I've made a dish to pass this week's theme.

Wenchypoo posted an essay on The Dying Art of Scratch Cooking If the power went out, many people would starve to death--they are so dependent on microwaves and drive-thru windows. These are the people who bring the soda, the cheese trays and the frozen Belgian mini-eclairs. Take these people in hand and share some of the easy recipes found in the Carnivals with them.

Christine Torres at Morning Coffee & Afternoon Tea brings Baked Sausage & Egg. One church my household attended held a brunch potluck every Easter at which the participants rang the changes at this concept, but if you're weird like her and love eggs for dinner there's nothing wrong with that.

I posted a Mexican-style Chicken and Rice dish which has always been a hit. We've also served some of my previous postings, hummus, elotes corn salad and dragon wings at potlucks. These are the sort of dishes where you have to tune the seasoning to the taste of the crowd. My son wants the dragon wings to be hot enough to jump over for luck on Samhein, but I have to remember that many of my neighbors up North here in covered dish country think highly seasoned means putting dill in the sour cream.

Shawn Lea at Everything and Nothing posted her recipe for jambalaya, a traditional throw-together get-together dish.

Riannan of Riannanworld brings us Susan's Hamburger Casserole. It is patently not a low fat dish but that's ok. You can worry about those fat grams when you're at home.

Jennifer at Keewee's Corner brings a Hot Chicken Salad. If your butcher is out of the rare hot chickens, the boneless skinless ones make a good substitute.

Joan at Oasis of Sanity brings an easiest rice pilaf which is no doubt much better than that stuff from a box!

Mensa Barbie welcomes us with Risotto Delicata with Sage

Jane Dough at Boston Gal's Open Wallet brings Easy Curry Chicken and Rice

The rightwingprof of Right Wing Nation submitted two different posts full of Mexican goodies. One way to organize a potluck would be to split these recipes between the participants.

Josh Cohen at Multiple Mentality presents a collection ofSpam Recipes. Not so much a recipe as an interesting -- and unexpected -- place to find them.

David Needham of Third World Country brings a Quick Quasi Stroganoff which sounds plenty good enough. Save the prime flank steak chilled and angle sliced across the grain for another occasion.

Virgil Rogers, the Redneck Gourmet, shares his recipe for moussaka, with enough detail that it isn't eggplant lasagna, not that there would be anything wrong with that.

Trouble at Dubious Wonder brings the Easiest and Best Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip. Easiest and best are important parameters for any recipe, especially for a potluck.

Soups are a hearty and satisfying dish for a food-sharing meal. Do keep in mind that they are not practical for an event where people nibble whilst socializing.

DeputyHeadmistress at The Common Room brings two versions of Split Pea Soup (which she has taken to a potluck before) and a muffin recipe.

Dave Schuler at The Glittering Eye brings Pork Soup (Potée bourguignonne)

Marsha Hudnall at A Weight Lifted brings a Southwest Grilled Chicken Soup

Taleena at Sun Comprehending Glass brings Oxtail Soup

Cathy at Chief Family Officer brings Colleen's Bread Machine Recipe for Whole Wheat Bread which will be perfect for mopping up the last of everything else.

muse at me-ander announces The Very First Kosher Cooking Carnival! and includes some recipes suitable for sharing with everyone.

And for dessert, Punctilious, who has graciously taken over administering this Carnival from its creator, Beth Who Will Be Obeyed, threw together some yogurt sundae bars.

By the way, where we used to live in Chicago, potlucks weren't very common, but when the dominant nationality was West Virginian, some of this would show up now and then and get passed around.

Enjoy it all, and share with your friends and neighbors.


Brian B of Memento Moron showed up late with his Savory Wild Rice. That's OK, it happens a lot at potlucks and people are still hungry. Besides, his dish wouldn't fit the chocolate theme of next week's Carnival.

Posted by triticale at January 28, 2006 05:17 PM | TrackBack

Excellent carnival! :)

Posted by: Richmond at January 28, 2006 07:27 PM

Thanks. A great job as usual. Anyone else who wants to host can send an email to me or to the usual submission addy and I can get you on the schedule.

Posted by: Punctilious at January 28, 2006 10:07 PM

What a great potluck party this would be! Yummy stuff!

Posted by: Christine at January 29, 2006 08:04 AM

We are on our way over to enjoy all the goodies.
Thank you for hosting the potluck.

Posted by: keewee at January 29, 2006 10:49 AM

Great recipes, and carnival.. :)

Posted by: MB at January 29, 2006 12:14 PM

Aha! Caught another one in my devilishly tricky blog name typo trap! *heh*

County. TMH's Bacon Bits also tends to elevate me to my own country, so it's no biggie, ezpecially when buried in a so fine a presentation of the Carnival of Recipes as you do.

Fine job, great foods. My recipe file got some additions off this one!

Posted by: David at January 29, 2006 10:41 PM

Darnit, I submitted too late! Excellent stuff.

One point of dissention: While the modern way of holding a potluck may not be exclusively Christian, the concept of gathering together to share food IS very much a biblical event -- see Acts Chapter 20, verses 42-46.

Posted by: Brian B at January 30, 2006 04:21 PM

I can't believe you included a recipe for moonshine. Complete with directions on how to make a working still!

Triticale, you are my hero.

Posted by: Johno at February 1, 2006 03:33 PM

Wow!!! Many thanx!!! Very good recipe!!!

Posted by: Tony at February 3, 2006 04:05 PM