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October 30, 2006

Halloween Potluck

The sweet potato salad described in my last entry was well-received. (And admired for its Halloween color scheme.) It's a keeper for potlucks, since it's pretty simple to make (especially if you avoid setting off the smoke alarm) and fulfills my two potluck rules:

  1. Bring something that you yourself want to eat.

  2. Bring something vegetarian, or, if possible, vegan, because you might save someone from having to lunch on dry crackers and carrot sticks.

At this particular potluck, we had options for people of every dietary persuasion. In addition to potluck staples like devilled eggs (yum), brownies, and the relish tray, my coworkers brought homemade ciabatta, duck pate (which I don't think was homemade), tomato and mozzarella salad, pickled beets, bean and vegetable soup, apple pie, wild rice and couscous salads (from the salad bar at Whole Foods), and a really scrumptious curried chickpea dish. (I'm going to have to see if I can get the person who brought that to part with the recipe.)

In fact, we had so much food that I think we all came home with leftovers, except for the bread baker and the devilled egg maker. (Few people seem to be able to resist homemade bread or devilled eggs.) So, I'll be eating sweet potato salad for lunch this week, at least when I'm not eating leftover roasted pumpkin.

The leftover situation around here is approaching critical. My freezer is full. The fridge is pretty crowded. (Every time I start to make headway on emptying the freezer, I make a pot of soup or stew, and then I'm back where I started. We may need to call a soup moratorium here. That or I need to teach Mr. Spaceling to eat leftovers.)

Posted by spaceling at October 30, 2006 08:51 PM


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