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Old 05-29-2010, 08:18 PM   #1
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Pot Luck Etiquitte, Tips, Horror Stories

I haven't been to a pot-luck since I was a preacher's kid in Saskatchewan. All I can remember is green Jello with carrots embedded in it. I think I made a meal of the buns.

So, with a pot-luck looming at the First Ever Escape rally in Merritt, I have to ask.

There will be 65 people attending the rally. How do you determine how much to bring, once you've figured out what to bring, and how do you figure that out?

I'd ask more questions, but lacking any knowledge on the subject, I don't know what to ask.

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Old 05-29-2010, 08:44 PM   #2
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The general rule of thumb is to multiply the number of courses by the number of eaters in your particular party, e.g. two in the family attending a four-course potluck (e.g. nibblies, salad, main, dessert) would bring 2 x 4 portions of whatever they're donating, or 8 portions all told. That way, nobody goes hungry.

To check it out: if we have 80 people attending a four course potluck, we'll need 80 x 4 or 320 portions of food (including all courses). If everybody brings food at the rate of 1 x 4 per person, we'll have 320 x 4 portions, and come out right.

IMHO, if Tammy can give us the number of participants and the number of courses, each Escape-load of us can figure out how much of our particular specialty to bring. Bringing nibblies, and there's two of you? Bring nibblies for 8 -- and so on.

Maybe we should put an embargo on green jello . . . However, seriously I wonder about allergies. It would be nice if everybody could make for display a little sign listing ingredients, so those of us allergic to something could know to avoid that particular dish. In my case, that would be sunflower seeds or sunflower oil (Becel margerine, sunflower cooking oil, and the like). That way, we can avoid shadowing the festivities by having to call an ambulance for somebody having an anaphylacic reaction.

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OOPS! I've botched paragraph two above -- it should read If everybody brings food at the rate of 1 x 4 per person, we'll have 80 x 4 portions, and come out right.

Sorry -- as Ann Landers used to say (remember Ann Landers, anybody ?) ten lashes with a wet noodle!
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HI; all...What's wrong with "Green Jello!!! Just add crushed drained pinapple and a handfull of walnuts along with the grated carrots and you've got it made!!! Alf
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So, everybody brings 4 x as much as they would regularly eat themselves
I'm not grasping the concept. Wouldn't there be a lot of leftovers?

So, if a meal were a salad and prime rib and roast potato and cheese cake ( four dishes ) then I should bring eight steaks ( four for me and four for Les ) or eight baked potatoes?

I have a lot to learn.

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Old 05-30-2010, 12:20 AM   #6
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You & me.. I have no clue on the pot luck, but that's why I just probablyt show up with brownies & beer
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Old 05-30-2010, 01:10 AM   #7
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I hope you're getting the ingredients for the brownies here in B.C. We're known for our bud ( I mean beer ... ) ... never mind.

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"So, if a meal were a salad and prime rib and roast potato and cheese cake ( four dishes ) then I should bring eight steaks ( four for me and four for Les ) or eight baked potatoes?"

That's pretty close, except you'd be bringing eight steaks (main course) -- 1 for Les, 1 for you, and 6 others to be eaten by the six people who supply your starter, nibblies, and deserts. It all comes out even. And I think that's why darned few people bring steaks to potlucks -- crackers & cheese appies are one thing, but steaks are something else. Not that anybody would refuse to eat them if they appeared!
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Nobody ever leaves a potluck hungry, that's for sure. I always enjoy potlucks. One tends to take only small portions of most things so they can try dishes out.

Bring a favourite dish, it could be a stew, lasagna, backed beans, Caesar salad, cheesecake, or whatever.

I don't think I have ever seen green jello at a potluck myself.
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Hi: gbaglo...Here's a simple no fail recipe for potluck meatball apps!!! Put 1lb. of M&Ms Turkey meatballs in the slo cooker. Add a can of whole berry cranberry
sauce mashed a little mustard and a splash of beer to taste and heat on lo all day. Serve with toothpicks to eat them with. Tastes great with more beer!!! Alf
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