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Aug 11, 2006 10:15 PM

What's your potluck dish?

Will Owen's recent post got me thinking:

What's your potluck dish? The one thing that you bring for everyone to share, whether it's a new group who've never tried your food or a familiar group who actually requests you cook that thing you always bring.

In my house, it's chinese chicken salad, but my wife makes it. Apparently, she makes the best chinese chicken salad in the world. People are disappointed when she doesn't make chinese chicken salad. Funny thing is, I'm not a huge fan -- in general -- of chinese chicken salad. I'm not big on the flavor of the sesame oil in the dressing and I can take or leave raw cabbage. (I like cole slaw and cabbage on a fish taco, I just don't love it). But I'm told it's great chinese chicken salad. I do like it, I just don't love the dish -- generally speaking.

I'm I'm doing the cooking, I bring chili. I make good chile and I show up with the pot I cooked it in.

I have an old boss -- a former boss, actually, she's not old -- who can't cook so she brings boiled edamame.

What's yours?

(If this is a home cooking thread, my bad. I thought that board was for recipes and I'm not including any here. If you want her chinese chicken salad recipe, I'll get it and post it there.)

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  1. Chicken Mole Enchiladas... It reheats well and is 'exotic' enough to garner raves... :)


    3 Replies
    1. re: Dommy

      care to post a recipe to the home cooking board? Enchiladas have been something I've been promising myself to add to my repertoire for years, and mole--well, there's just something about mole, isn't there?

      1. re: Pei

        I already actually have! :) In true 'feed the masses' fashion, I use a Pre-Made Mole Paste (Although in all honesty, I use the one from Guelagetza or one from El Mercadito in East L.A. before resorting to Dona Maria, but in a pinch, La Dona will do just fine...)

      2. re: Dommy

        Do you use corn tortillas? Do you doctor the jarred mole sauces in any way? Good accompaniments to serve with it? What goes in the enchladas besides chix? I seem to be fishing for the recipe. I guess I'm asking you to post on HC when you get time.

      3. Greens with sausage. It's easy to do and appeals to all but vegetarians. I just bring it in a crockpot to keep it warm.

        Sometimes a fruit salad or salmon salad.


        1. I'm cheap w/my time if it's for co-workers, so I'll make a salad (either caprese or pasta).

          For family, however, I'll take the time to make either cream puffs or a strawberry roll cake.

          1. Bean salad!! Okay, not every time...potato salad, coleslaw, deviled eggs for cold stuff. Green chile quiche for warm. I showed up at a hippie party one time with a big batch of linguini and pesto, and it was the kids who cleaned it out! If we're being fancy, and I'm in the mood, I love to do a layered paté, or a cold poached salmon done up all cute with gelatin-stiffened mayonnaise and lemon scales. Making party food is really the only time I do that kind of thing.

            1. For a savory dish I make hot spicy eggplant. For sweet, I'm usually asked for key lime pie.