Tuesday, December 05, 2006

"What about the time I caught you naked
with that bowl of Jello?"
"It was hot. I was hungry."

As I sat on my living room floor, surrounded by paper, about to start hand-making 80 Christmas cards, I realized...maybe I should hire an immigrant worker. No, no, no, that wasn't it. I realized that my brain is slightly fried. It's December 5th and I am starting my cards now? Not very Jenn, if you ask me. Usually I plan better than this, but with my new 35 hour a week "part-time job," things have been a little crazy 'round here.

It also dawns on me that next week I have not one, not two, but THREE potlucks. Freakin' crap. If it's baking, that is no problem, but these people are demanding appetizers or main dishes. I can't get out of them either. One is a work related party. The other two are for the kid's school. Two kids equals two dishes, people. Dammit.

Even though I have a stable of recipes at my disposal, like I said, my brain is fried. I can't even think of what to make. So I ask you, what do you usually take to potlucks, OR, what would you want to EAT at a potluck?


Blogger tadaahhh said...

pretzel jell-o. oh wait, you said no desserts. how about the dee-lish cold noodle dish you do. that's always a hit, and i know that's what i want you to bring to my next pot luck

Tuesday, December 05, 2006 11:37:00 PM  
Anonymous myra said...

What do you usually take? Pan sushi, quick and easy, but everyone seems to think its complicated.

What would you want to eat? Anything but pan sushi. I'd love to try your mini frittatas. Can you make a soy bacon batch for me?

Wednesday, December 06, 2006 12:31:00 AM  
Blogger Jodi said...

I hate how this "wonderful time of the year" creates so much stress for people. That's why I'm not doing cards and probably not even a tree...it's just TOO MUCH! I wish I could just hibernate until '07.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006 12:49:00 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

Easy appetizer: layered dip with guacamole, refried beans, sour cream, cheese and green onions. Add a bag of chips and you're good to go.

Main dish: Chicken or beef satay?

Wednesday, December 06, 2006 6:02:00 AM  
Blogger Jesser said...

OH MY GOD. I have *NEVER* heard anyone else quote Real Genius ... and I thought you had excellent taste before. My sis and I love that movie and we always do the "It goes from god to Jerry to you to the cleaners, right, Kent?" line ... of course we put in post office or grocery store or something.

Anyhoo ... potlucks. For desserts, I make ricekrispie treats with peanut butter mixed in and chocolate melted on top or like lemon bars or raisin bars or something for sides, I make a broccoli cheese rice casserole and mac & cheese. Hubby is exceedingly fond of baked beans.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006 6:20:00 AM  
Blogger Yvett said...

It's Christmas time so automatically my mind gears towards tamales. Our December potlucks always included those and/or brisket. We also had cheese dip with tostadas, "Charro" beans, Spanish rice, bread and lots of desserts.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006 7:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Dawn said...

I *want* to eat anything sweet, but I like to bring artichoke dip or a festive looking marinated pea-bean salad that's very easy to make.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006 8:45:00 AM  
Blogger Dee said...

I usually bake stuff for my kids potluck school stuff - btw, to get me brownie points I made your pumpkin muffins at the last oneand it went like crazy... anywhoo I really like the pan of sushi rice with the crab/mayo/mushroom/furikake mixture on top served with the korean seasoned nori wrap on the side. yum.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006 11:27:00 AM  
Blogger anne said...

I like to bring either artichoke dip or baked brie (if there's a way to warm it up before hand). Usually something extremely bad for you that I would never make for myself. Of course, being Filipino, everyone always expects me to bring lumpia.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006 12:01:00 PM  
Blogger carolb said...

Meatballs already made and just warmed up in a crockpot. You can add sauce to it as well. It's a big hit at a few potlucks I've been to. Especially when you don't want to deal.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006 12:57:00 PM  
Anonymous kat said...

I am hibernating and there's not a lot of choice in the matter. Anyway, I don't have it in me to look up any recipes but I guarantee you they'd mostly be white trash and smack you in the mouth good. Potlucks are the best time to try new recipes.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006 6:11:00 PM  
Blogger BlogWhore said...

A bag of chips?!?

Wednesday, December 06, 2006 7:12:00 PM  
Anonymous KQ said...

Here's an idea that will work well in your hectic schedule, make the kids happy, and maybe even bring a little cheer to your own heart: just say no.

Stay home from one party. Stay home from three. Enjoy your family, celebrate, play and eat well. Christmas doesn't have to be overdone to be happy.

I know it's heresy, but you know it's true.

And if you do go to the potluck, buy a bag of greens and a bottle of dressing. It doesn't have to be all-star, all the time... be sane and do what you want, not what you have to.

peace, KQ

Wednesday, December 06, 2006 9:02:00 PM  
Blogger justJENN said...

KQ, you obviously don't know me very well. ;)

And like I said, there's not getting out of these particular events.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006 9:58:00 PM  

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