Sunday, April 17, 2011

Potlucks and Food Exchanges

I used to love cooking a variety of different recipes in a single day, including appetizers, entrees, desserts and everything in between. Cooking many different foods takes a lot of time and effort, so lately I have been thinking of having a potluck or some sort of food exchange. In my opinion, it is much easier to cook one single item, but in a large quantity rather than several different items in smaller quantities.

Having a potluck is always a fun way to get together with friends and to learn about different foods that you may not have otherwise heard of or tried. Everyone would bring one dish of their choice, but would get to enjoy a bit of several different dishes.

A food exchange is also a nice way to visit with friends and perhaps get some new recipes. My favorite type of food exchange is when everyone brings enough entrees (that can be frozen) for each person attending the event. For instance, If I choose to make lasagna and there were 8 other people bringing food as well, then I would bring 8 portions of lasagna. Each portion would serve 4 to 6 people and can be frozen for a future meal. This works out well, because there are so many frozen meals that can be made in advance such as sheppard's pie, lasagna, dumplings/potstickers, pasta sauce, soup, chicken, beef or turkey pot pies and so many other dishes as well. You only have to make a large quantity of one item to bring to the food exchange and get to go home with 8 different meals!

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