Saturday, October 23, 2010

Pot-luck Bonanza!

Bil's Dad turned 75 this month, and we celebrated today with a party and potluck dinner--lots of fun! Happy Birthday Ray!

Pot luck is quite possibly my favourite of all dinners--I would gladly turn down a fancy restaurant dinner for potluck with family and friends (...especially with lots of old ladies-no offense intended to anyone :), because they usually bring items made from scratch and not salad purchased at the deli section.

I think that there should be a general rule for all potluck dinners--You must make the item from scratch in your own kitchen. Oh how happy that would make my taste buds!!

Potluck is also a chance to pick up new recipes and share cooking tips with those who have culinary inclinations. Today we tried a Mushroom Barley Dish--delicious! Once I get the recipe, I will be sure to share it!

Today I made one of my favourite salads--I would be quite happy to eat this almost every day! I remember at family pot luck dinners when I was a kid, my Aunt Stien would bring this salad and a Dutch Apple Pie ( one can make it like she did--miss you Aunt Stien!)

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

1/2 head of broccoli very finely cut into florets
1/2 head of cauliflower also finely cut into florets
1 green onion
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup sunflower seeds


1/2 cup mayonnaise (not miracle whip)
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp vinegar
cracked black pepper
Mix dressing, set aside. Combine salad ingredients. Toss. Add dressing and toss again  until well combined.
That's it--easy!

Tip: this can easily be made with only broccoli or cauliflower--whatever you have on hand. It is also tasty with any combination of nuts you have on hand.

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