We had a Christmas potluck at our choir director's house last night. I must confess the word potluck strikes a tiny chord of terror in my heart! Ok, not so much terror as anxiety. My limited experience with potlucks has tended to be at work gatherings where you have to decide way in advance what you are bringing, record your selection on a sign up sheet, and then pray that you have time to make it and remember to bring it on the appropriate day. There always seems to be an air of "it better be perfect" floating over the whole thing. Not to mention that half my office always seems to be counting calories, so I never know what to make! Too much stress!!
Happily, potlucks centered around church seem to be far less stressful...ok, so that is partly because I usually just bring my appetite and my friend Valerie brings enough food for both of us, but whatever...minor technicalities :) But I told her that I would bring the food for our choir potluck, so she could just show up and eat for a change. The day of potluck arrived and I hadn't really given food much thought. I remembered a really easy artichoke and rice salad recipe I'd seen on Eden's blog, and a roasted corn and wild rice salad recipe I'd seen on Deborah's blog. I couldn't decide which to make, so I made both. (Click on the links to get the recipes, I won't bother retyping them here.)
Mark and Val were already at Lorraine's house when Dave and I arrived. I handed the dishes to Val so I could take off my coat and boots, and said "which one do you want to bring?" She said she'd take credit for whichever one tasted the best! Each was quite yummy though so, as we sat around the table eating, she decided she had made both of them. One of the other woman could tell from the snickering that Val really hadn't made them at all, and wondered who had...at which point Mark jumped in, saying he'd slaved over a hot stove all day and now here was his wife taking credit for his efforts. Too funny!!
Here are photos of the salads...
My artichoke and rice salad was a bit different from Eden's recipe because I couldn't find Rice-a-roni, so I substituted a package of Uncle Ben's Bistro Express. And I added red and yellow peppers, and I toasted the almonds. Turned out great!
My roasted corn and wild rice salad was a bit different from Deborah's because I couldn't find any frozen roasted corn. So I just used regular frozen corn niblets. Also didn't have plain sesame seeds, so used a mix of seeds, which I toasted. This also turned out great, and Deborah was right about the huge quantity the recipe yields! I froze a bunch to take out to the camper on New Year's Eve.