Your Initial Potluck

 Who knew potlucks would become a weekly thing?? Well they have and it's wonderful! However it's becoming harder and harder to think of new ideas. Fear not, this potluck theme was for the creative at heart. The theme: bring a dish that either (1) the name of your dish starts with your first initial or (2) the main ingredient in your dish starts with your first initial. You may also defer to your last initial. Some of us even incorporated both initials!

Here's the feast! Can you figure out who brought what?! From the top left of the table to the bottom right: teriyaki chicken skewers, roast beef pitas, macaroni and cheese, penne pasta with pancetta sauce, noodles, whole wheat pasta with pesto, tilapia. And we had two (!) desserts this potluck.
 And now without further ado... here's our very own food alphabet!

Hot Pasta Holly P.
She also utilized her last initial quite a bit. The official title of the dish was "Penne Pasta with a Pancetta Marinara Sauce and Parmesean Cheese"
Boil penne pasta. Heat up marinara sauce and add Pancetta. Pour marinara over penne and serve with parmeasean cheese.

Mac n Cheese Mimi
Start with one Kraft macncheese box. Cook everything according to the instructions on the box and then add some of the following:
Pieces of cheddar cheese, Ranch dressing, Worcestershire sauce, Mustard

Noodles Natalie
This is officially called Egg-Topped Soba Noodles with Asparagus and Prosciutto and can be found on the Epicurious website here.

 Roast Beef Romin B. Pitas
For the red bean puree, I cooked kidney beans for a few minutes, mashed them, added tomato paste, olive oil, salt, the juice of half of a lime and some barbecue sauce, and let cook for about 10 minutes. Fill the pita with deli roast beef, a slather of the puree and red bell peppers (sliced and sauteed for about 10 minutes).

 Teriyaki Tim
Marinated chicken breast pieces in teriyaki sauce. Add this to skewers with pineapple (sprinkled with brown sugar), red onion, and pepper pieces. Grill until done.

Tilapia Tilden 
Onto the tilapia fillet, sprinkle on a little garlic salt, lowry seasoning salt, and crushed red peppers, and a generous amount of old bay. Place 2 patties of butter on top of each filet. Bake at 350 for 20 mins.

Whole Wheat pasta Whitney with Pesto Patrick
Cut up 4 strips of bacon into bite size pieces. Saute this in a large skillet pan. Once the bacon has rendered some fat add in 1/2 minced onion. Meanwhile heat a pot of water; once boiling add some salt and boil the pasta according to pasta directions. After the onion has softened add in 1 pint of English peas. Cook until tender (~7 minutes). Once the pasta is done, drain and return to the pot. Once the peas are tender add this bacon mixture to the pasta pot. Then add pesto and cream. We used about 1/4 cup of homemade pasta and a small carton of cream. Mix and let pasta sit for about 5 minutes on very low heat to let flavors incorporate. For the homemade pesto we used a handful of basil, a head of roasted garlic gloves, shaved parmesan, almonds, and evoo mixed in a small blender.

Ravioli Richard
For the Chocolate Pasta:
1.75 c all purpose flour, 0.25 c baking cocoa, 2 eggs, 4 tbsp water (can vary).
Mix ingredients into a pasta dough ball and let the dough rest for at least 30 min. Roll out the dough using a pasta roller.
For the Filling:
Peanut butter, semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Place filling on pasta sheet and cover with another pasta sheet to seal in the filling. Use a cookie cutter to cut the ravioli. Boil the ravioli for about 2 to 3 minutes.
For the Sauce:
Semi-sweet chocolate chips, vanilla extract, vanilla soy milk, chopped banana.
Melt in a double boiler until the sauce is runny. Top ravioli with toasted chopped peanuts.

Rhubarb strawberry crisp Ruth
Tim's mom, Ruth, was in town visiting for a week in May so of course she was invited to our potluck! She treated us to a fabulous Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp--a Paula Deen recipe found here.
And some homemade whipped cream!!

1 comment:

  1. Love the "initial" idea. Rhubarb/strawberry crisp sounds good. Have had rhubarb but it was years ago. Don't see it around here much. Charlene