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How to throw a salad potluck

More than a year ago my ex-coworker/friend Bonnie Thompson suggested we have a salad potluck instead of a regular potluck at the office. Thanks Bonnie! We did it once and it was such a hit it became our Wednesday tradition. Everyone looked forward to it. It’s great – delicious, healthy, fun, social and inexpensive!  It is a perfect recession era activity.

Here are some salad potluck tips:

  • Basically everyone brings 1 ingredient for the salad bar.  It is easier than a regular potluck because there is little or no prep. Someone brings a bag of spinach, someone else a can of artichokes, a bowl of strawberries, etc. You get the idea. It usually takes about 5 minutes to set up a salad bar.
  • You can do it with as few as say 4 people but it gets really good when you have 8-20 people.  It is perfect for offices or friends that want to get together and throw a cheap dinner party.
  • It helps to get everyone to sign up to bring something so you don’t end up with eight people bringing tomatoes, say during tomato season.
  • Make sure you have ratio of about 1 in 6 people bringing lettuce or spinach.
  • Don’t forget you will need several salad dressings. If you don’t already have some ask people to sign up to bring or make them.
  • Cold noodles or macaroni are a great salad add. Just add olive oil, a little balsamic vinegar & salt/pepper.
  • If there is a big group get someone to bring dessert like cookies or a cake.
  • One of the things I love about salad potlucks is that each one and each salad is different depending on what people brought and what was in season. Enjoy.
August 18, 2009 0
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Heading to South America

I announced last month that we were heading to Italy for a month but there has been a change of plans. Italy is always amazing this time of year but we really need an adventure somewhere new (to us). So we are heading to Peru, Argentina & Brazil at the end of September.

I’m really excited. I have been to Venezuela in 2001 but that was my only trip to South America. There is so much I want to see. We are still sorting out the details but it looks like we will hit Peru and Machu Picchu first, then head to Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls before heading to Sao Paulo or Rio and then on to some beach in Brazil near Natal. I am a little worried that we are trying to visit too many places in three weeks.

August 18, 2009 0
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