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Monday potluck: please lay down on this couch...

Posted by Holly Homer |


Whoooo hoo! It is Monday and that can only mean ONE thing....Potluck.

Today I am throwing out the potluck handbook (you can't prove I don't have one) and diving into deep potluck analysis.

Let me begin by saying that the potluck has been a bit controversial among those who know me.

I don't understand the potluck.

I just don't get the potluck.

What is with the potluck?

I love the potluck! I have been doing a Monday potluck from almost the beginning of my blog. I live for the potluck. The potluck isn't going anywhere dear friends and family...

What is to understand?

It is a potluck.

Does it have to make sense?

A very telling comment was made by Blogstedman's brother-in-law in an email following last week's potluck:

I’m still not a big fan of POTLUCK, but then again I was never a fan of real potlucks


AHA!

*insert light bulb over head here*

Maybe psychologically the literal potlucks of our youth are causing my virtual potlucks to be viewed through chunky-jello-glasses. Maybe the word potluck has such garbanzo-bean-casserole connotations that it inhibits potluck digestion.

I think people are AFRAID of the potluck!

So, to begin healing the wounded potluck soul, I need your help.

I would like to compile a list of horrific food that I will promise to NEVER serve at the potluck.

I need you to please leave me a comment as to what foods would cause you potluck nightmares...



We will return to our previously scheduled potluck next Monday.

Thanks for playing!

48 comments:

Yvie said...

I don't know if you are familiar with this dish but it's always normal in our country to bring this food: Pancit. I really do not like to eat this everytime I go to parties. :(

Marcy - The Glamorous Life! said...

Um, anything with Mayo.,,,,cuz most potlucks are for a picnic type thing around here...and well Mayo and the california sun just don't mix!!!

frog ponds rock... said...

mmmmm Green lollies (candy).. I don't like any lollies that are green. I am not fond of orange sweets either but the green ones are just well too green..

*skips away eating red lollies*

frogpondsrock said...

ooops I used the wrong name thingy..*sighs*

See! That is what the mere thought of green lollies does to me..

Lizz @ Yes, and So is My Heart said...

Anything that involves tuna. At least if it is a breakfast or brunch potluck. Yuck!

Oh, and I love the potluck. I always get a laugh.

Kalynne Pudner said...

Wait...the potluck is about food?

Greta/Does This Blog Make Us Look Fat? said...

Anything that requires baking or cookin ;) Yes, I am THAT mom!

Threeundertwo said...

That green bean casserole with the mushroom soup and the onion ring topping. Barf Barf Barf.

Ali said...

um, yeah, i don't eat anything homemade at potlucks. you never know who is scratching his balls and then touching the food. EW>

standing still said...

I lurrrrrrrve a good Lutheran church basement pot luck. Having said that, I steer clear of the MEAT HOTDISHES (what kind of meat is that?) and the jello. I think that somehow makes me less of a Lutheran ... but I make up for it by eating 7 people's share of bars.

carmen said...

I would add to also steer clear of 'meatless' hotdishes! You never know. My childhood potlucks involved countless combinations of nuts, eggs, cheese, and yes, peanut butter. Very scary!

Sarah said...

Beans. I HATE beans...

And I LURV your potluck!! Glad it will be back next week!!!

Angie @ KEEP BELIEVING said...

Someone please explain why and how jello ever became a food, let alone a food that someone deemed a potluck necessity.

Also, how many different baked bean dishes can be found at ONE potluck on any given day? baked beans with bacon, baked beans with chili, baked beans with garbonzo thrown in, baked beans in a pot, baked beans in a crock, baked beans... Save us!

I don't really love potlucks, honestly. Everyting starts to taste the same AND I can't bear the embarrassment of my dish being shunned.

KEEP BELIEVING

Nap Warden said...

I think it's called "ambrosia salad"? You know...where you throw everything you have into Jello and call it a day. It frightens me:P

Ron Davison said...

My cousins and I once had this idea to conoct a truly hideous dish to put out on the picnic table - a hot dish casserole that included meat, maraschino cherries, and had potato chips sprinkled atop it. A couple of older folks ate it and declared it "interesting," in an apparent attempt not to discourage the poor bachelor students who had obviously gone to a great deal of trouble.

Elizabeth said...

Oh Holly, you CRACK ME UP!
I like pot luck, as long as its not all beans(I agree with Angie on this one) It can make for VERY Interesting after dinner conversation!
I LOVE your pot luck...it is always entertaining...hey, what's in the fruit bowl?
Blessings. E

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I'll have to go with any tuna dish. I will never eat tuna anywhere but home where I have immediate access to a tooth brush and some mouthwash.

Shannon said...

HAGGIS
Liver
Spam
Lamb, the smell gets me everytime!
Goats milk, goats milk and Karo Syrup!
Black Pudding
Tripe


I love potlucks! Remind me of buffets.

Sara said...

I don't have any potluck nightmares, either. Although some of the comments may have sparked some.

I really missed your coccyx and your fruit bowl today. :-)

Tootsie Farklepants said...

What does it say about me that I like chunky jello?

Pigs in a blanket, however, ew.

Lisa@verybusymomwith4 said...

Any mayo or fish is a no-no. Those things sitting out could make one violently ill ;)
(Fish eaten right away OK but mayo is always nasty to me!)

Sleeping with Ward Cleaver said...

Please, no brussels sprouts. I can't even abide a no-thank you helping of them! (p.s. happy to be back stopping over at the potluck following my much-needed vacation!)

EatPlayLove said...

The fruit salad with marshmallows, maybe even jello or cool whip.. I don't know what it's called other than GLOP.

Manic Mommy said...

To me, potluck = crockpot - especially those 'sweet and sour' meatballs you make with grape jelly and Heinz chili sauce.

If you called it potpourri would Blog Stedman's BIL undertand it more clearly?

Anglophile Football Fanatic said...

I'm still very confused by the potluck, but I still love you, dear.

the planet of janet said...

lime jello *shudder*

oh, and over-easy eggs :-)

Jennifer H said...

Shannon's been to some gnarly-sounding potlucks!

Oatmeal patties. Remember those?

I love your potluck, but I'm not a fan of real ones. You never know how clean someone's kitchen is, or how often they wash their hands. That said, I loved potluck when I was a kid.

Mrs. G. said...

I've got no issues with your potluck.

laughingatchaos said...

I have a wicked disgusting recipe for Vegetable-Cottage Cheese Jello Salad, courtesy of my husband's hometown cookbook. {shudder} It's chock full of jello and Miracle Whip and Cool Whip and cottage cheese and horseradish and onion and green pepper and celery and carrots and if this doesn't keep you up nights in fear, you have no tastebuds. ;)

Happy Campers said...

GREEN Jello with pecans and pineapple. Grandma, I love you, but your Jello SUCKS ROCKS! :) Luckily, Granny is afraid of computers & the internet, so I can post my distaste HERE :)

On a limb with Claudia said...

The word "potluck" to me mean: eat a Big Mac on the way to the party. Neither D nor I eat at potlucks - mostly because we have... bad luck with pot lucks? He's Southern Baptist so he's been to about a billion and my mother was a horrible cook - so I know how nasty somethings can be.... ew....

But, I do love the blog potluck mostly because it's an adventure into the wonders of Miss Holly's mind and her now well lite fruit bowl.

JCK said...

Jello. Beets. Perhaps JellOed beets. Not good. Maybe doesn't exist, but still could be scary.

Sorry, my stomach is writhing at the moment with some Potbadluck.

JCK said...

P.S. I LOVE your potluck. I can't imagine your blog without it!

Valarie said...

That casserole at the church potluck, that looks like spaghetti, and mexican all got mixed up in the same dish and someone just threw it out on the table. Or the one that you think is squash casserole, and its really like pineapple casserole or something like that. :[

foolery said...

Irrespective of your Monday Potluck (of which I have partaken only twice, this being number two) . . .

I
DON'T
DO
POTLUCKS

but the dish that would give me hives the quickest would be my grandmother's tomato aspic jello mold, the color of blood with little mini-shrimp suspended in it. Served on a bed of iceberg lettuce --- mmmmm, boy!

liv said...

Yeah, don't really care for potlucks, but really HATE shit (yes, I said shit.) that is made with cool-whip. GAG.

Rachael said...

Please do not ever try to pass off processed soy or cashews as cheese and serve it in a casserole as macaroni and "cheese".

{Karla} said...

Any jello/gelatin dishes. Blech!

(Nap Warden : Ambrosia Salad doesn't have jello. It's apples and yummy stuff. I could eat my weight in it.)

K

jubilee said...

Have to agree with the planet of janet and others who've mentioned lime Jello. Especially when slivers of carrots are suspended inside. "Dessert" with vegetables is a nasty trick to play on an unsuspecting eight year old.

I've come to enjoy your potluck, but I must admit I was a bit confused the first time I encountered it. But since I seem to catch up on my blog reading between 11 PM and 2 in the AM, that's just me, not necessarily a reflection of your potluck.
Can't wait for next week's potluck.

Norma said...

In general, I like potlucks. Jello with stuff (marshmallows, fruit, nuts, etc.) in them dishes: Don't do it! Yuck!

Mylhibug said...

My original bit of wit got smashed by a downed internet (bastards!) so I will have to spare you with my long-winded answer and just say...

Eggplant is gross.

Good night.

Elaine A. said...

I love your potluck 'cause it's calorie free! : )

I also love the real potlucks but I get a little skiddish about some of them when I don't really know all the people contributing. If I am not sure about their practices in the kitchen, I would rather they just bring some KFC, you know?

LaskiGal said...

I eat just about everything. Well, except for animal organs (or anything that has been on Fear Factor). I won't eat those. Ever.

Rebecca said...

I lurve the potluck. As I've told you. Several times.

I don't like white sauces, meatloaf (especially if it has that sweet topping on it), cooked carrots. And I'm sure there are others. Ed just told me those three, because I was drawing a blank.

Danielle said...

I'm not picky, but I REFUSE to eat stuffing/dressing/whatever you want to call that nasty stuff that makes the entire house smell like vomit while it's in the oven. GAG!

Karen said...

Meat.

Louise said...

YOUR potlucks are fun!

I've always hated potlucks. Except probably when I was a kid in elementary school and wanted to stay to hang out with my friends. But my parents hated them, so we never stayed.

Now MY KIDS want to stay, and we do about 1/3 - 1/2 of the time. But I still hate it. I don't care what people bring, I don't have to eat it. But it would be nice if everyone staying would BRING ENOUGH TO FEED AT LEAST THEIR OWN FAMILY, never mind a guest or two. I hate potlucks with not enough food, and that seems to be the way most of them that I attend are. Our family hauls in 3 or 4 giant things, and since we don't rush to the food, we often get NOTHING. (Or are grateful for the beans that no one else would eat.)

Anyway, when I first found your blog, I didn't "get" the potluck thing at first. And I had a little hang-up probably because I hate potlucks. But now they're funny. I LOVE them! I wish the ones at church were this fun!

TL said...

Picky picky picky....
I can hardly stand to do pot lucks, or buffets for that matter. I want to know who prepped the dish and under what circumstance before it comes anywhere near my mouth. Maybe it comes from being a product of an excellent cook who was also a little on the ocd when it comes to kitchen cleanliness....

Good news, I am a lot more adventurous on things I will try in a dish - and, so far, my kids have followed suit. My son's Kindergarten teacher has commented on his lunch box contents including: tuna, avacado, anchovie pizza, etc...

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