potluck http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12748/all en-US 17 Classic Desserts We All Miss http://www.wisebread.com/17-classic-desserts-we-all-miss <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/17-classic-desserts-we-all-miss" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_eating_cake_000037433730.jpg" alt="Woman eating classic desserts we all miss" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My freezer contains some fairly fancy little ice cream cartons, with salted this and latte-amaretto that. Sometimes, though, I wish I were having <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tempting-no-bake-desserts">dessert</a> &quot;like mom made&quot; or what you might have had at a party years ago. Below are some old favorites.</p> <h2>Flaming Things</h2> <p>&quot;Hey, let's light this dessert on fire.&quot; When making these flaming desserts, it's a good idea to have a fire extinguisher handy, just in case things go terribly wrong.</p> <h3>1. Cherries Jubilee</h3> <p><a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/cherries-jubilee">Cherries jubilee</a> (originally made in honor of Queen Victoria) was quite the thing in fancy restaurants many years ago. The original was not served over vanilla ice cream, but boy, is it good that way.</p> <h3>2. Bananas Foster</h3> <p>Another fabulous &quot;flaming&quot; dessert is <a href="http://www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/cuisine/traditionalfoods/bananasfoster.html">bananas foster</a>, developed by Chef Paul Blange of the famous Brennan's restaurants in New Orleans. I skip the banana liqueur and double up on the rum (a little banana goes a long way for me).</p> <h3>3. Crepes Suzette</h3> <p><a href="http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/CrepesSuzetteHistory.htm">Crepes suzette </a>are another showy crowd-pleaser and feature one of my favorite liqueurs, Grand Marnier. To make things easier (and since you're setting the thing on fire, anyway), pick up some crepes at the grocery store, which is much easier than making them yourself.</p> <h2>Creamy, Comforting Things</h2> <p>&quot;Suitable for a winter pudding, when fresh fruits are not obtainable.&quot; (<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1619491400/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1619491400&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=7GHH2DAVTH4RXLKG">The Book of Household Management</a>, 1871)</p> <h3>4. Rice Pudding</h3> <p>So comforting, and <a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/28594-basic-rice-pudding">rice pudding </a>is very easy to make. I love this Mark Bittman version with <a href="http://markbittman.com/coconut-and-brown-rice-pudding/">brown rice and coconut milk</a>.</p> <h3>5. Tapioca Pudding</h3> <p>I think <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/simple-tapioca-pudding-352088">tapioca pudding</a> is a little trickier, but well worth the effort. If you need to use up a lot of milk, tapioca is the ticket.</p> <h3>6. Vanilla Pudding</h3> <p>Making real <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/20586/homemade-vanilla-pudding/">vanilla pudding</a> will probably ruin you for the boxed version, but I recommend you try it. Real vanilla is expensive, but completely worth the splurge.</p> <h3>7. Banana Pudding</h3> <p>'Nilla Wafers may seem like a sort of dull cookie, but not when you put them in a dish with vanilla pudding and bananas. <a href="http://www.snackworks.com/recipe/easy-southern-banana-pudding-50744.aspx">Banana pudding</a> takes all of five (okay, maybe 10) minutes to assemble. Refrigerate for three hours and hand out spoons.</p> <h2>Not Pretty, But Delicious</h2> <p>We're not here to stare at our dessert, are we?</p> <h3>8. Bread Pudding</h3> <p>&quot;For utilizing bits of bread that might otherwise be wasted, there is no better plan than to make a bread pudding.&quot; (<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000RZ26V4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000RZ26V4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=IU3CSK5IR5PC4QYV">The Women's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4</a>)</p> <p>If you pride yourself on not wasting food, <a href="https://louisiana.kitchenandculture.com/recipes/new-orleans-style-bread-pudding-hard-sauce">bread pudding</a> ought to be on your radar. Day-old French bread is magically transformed into a comforting dessert in this New Orleans-style recipe. This is the way Grandma Ruth made hers, complete with a &quot;hard sauce.&quot; As kids, we'd sneak into the refrigerator and eat spoonfuls of the leftover hard sauce (which has all of an ounce of dark rum in it). Grandma also put raisins in her bread pudding, but if you aren't a fan, use chocolate chips, bananas, or dried fruit. Or, just more hard sauce.</p> <h3>9. Cobbler</h3> <p>Berry cobbler, or &quot;first cousin to a deep-dish pie&quot; (<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0684833581/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0684833581&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WAKCCJSFVCEDA765">Joy of Cooking</a>, 1931), is a wonderful invention. If, like me, you make extremely ugly pies, <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/triple-berry-cobbler">berry cobbler</a> is your friend. Nobody cares. You don't have to worry about neat slices, either &mdash; just spoon into bowls, add whipped or ice cream, and everybody's happy. Although this recipe uses several types of berries, cobblers are also delicious with fresh peaches.</p> <h2>Classic Cakes</h2> <p>&quot;You do not have to live on a ranch or farm to bake these wonderful cakes. You can use the recipes in your town or city kitchen.&quot; (<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000B65V7U/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000B65V7U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=2E2P6QDNV5EKNIH5">Farm Journal's Country Cookbooks</a>, 1959)</p> <h3>10. German Chocolate Cake</h3> <p>I think this classic was shoved rudely aside by red velvet cake, which I've never understood. Aren't we all red-velveted out, now? I agree. Truth be told, the actual cake in a <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/german-chocolate-cake">German chocolate cake</a> is fine, but it's really about the frosting and icing combo &mdash; coconut, pecans, sugar, chocolate. If you're in a hurry, there are several German chocolate cake and (and frosting) mixes that still turn out a delicious cake.</p> <h3>11. Texas Sheet Cake</h3> <p>I do not even own the proper pan to make a <a href="http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/the_best_chocol/">Texas sheet cake</a> anymore, and I refuse to buy one. If I make this cake, I will eat it all. I could get away with eating several pieces of it a day when I was a teenager, but that was a looong time ago. It's a little like a brownie, but better. I think, like the German chocolate above, it's because of the frosting. The cake itself contains buttermilk, which does marvelous things to the texture of baked goods.</p> <h3>12. Pineapple Upside-Down Cake</h3> <p>I think this <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/pineapple-upside-down-cake/a1c9a639-0748-4f2c-89f5-fd33cf138986">pineapple upside-down cake</a> is best warm from the oven, but if you twisted my arm, I'd eat it cold, too. Not only is a pineapple upside-down delicious and fun to say, but it is pretty cake, nice for parties or potlucks. It actually comes together very quickly. I like the fact that the big rings of pineapple make it easy to cut into even slices.</p> <h3>13. Nabisco Wafer Cake</h3> <p>It's 7:00 p.m., and you just remembered you are supposed to bring dessert to a lunchtime potluck. Panic? No! Make a <a href="http://www.rachaelray.com/2010/04/famous-chocolate-wafer-cake">Nabisco wafer cake</a>. It has four (count 'em, four) main ingredients. You just put it into the refrigerator, and it turns into cake. I am not making this up.</p> <h3>14. Fruitcake</h3> <p>&quot;The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other.&quot; (Johnny Carson)</p> <p>My 87-year-old neighbor, Mrs. Song, called me over one day and took me outside to her freezer. &quot;Here,&quot; she said proudly, after digging around. &quot;It's a fruitcake.&quot; I thanked her. &quot;I'm not sure when it's from, though... &quot; she said, wandering back into her house. That fruitcake did not make it onto our table, I must admit.</p> <p>Poor, maligned fruitcake. They are an acquired taste. If you want to taste fruitcake like it should be made, try one of these <a href="https://www.gethsemanifarms.org/fruitcake.aspx">pre-made cakes</a>. They are made by monks, and seasoned with Kentucky bourbon.</p> <h2>An Apple a Day</h2> <p>It was a marketing gimmick by an apple growers association, but that doesn't mean an apple isn't a delicious addition to the day.</p> <h3>15. Baked Apples</h3> <p>&quot;Rome Beauties hold their shape in baking, as do Red Delicious.&quot; (<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0028627717/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0028627717&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=4HVD2JF32ZGLQVWG">Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook</a>, 1950)</p> <p>Because my parents had a small orchard, these were a standby of my mother's in the fall. She filled her <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/baked_apples/">baked apples</a> with raisins and nuts. These are so easy, and as far as desserts go, quite a bit more on the healthier side.</p> <h3>16. Apple Dumplings</h3> <p>A classic <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/apple-dumplings-with-sauce">apple dumpling</a> is such a great dessert, but I hadn't made them in years. My neighbor's kid, age eight, loves to bake and showed up one night with a pan of them. Turns out (and if you use Pinterest, you likely know this) that there is a super easy way to make <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/mountain-dew-apple-dumplings-61755">apple dumplings using Mountain Dew</a>, of all things (7-Up works, too).</p> <h3>17. Apple Brown Betty</h3> <p>Even the name of this dessert sounds old, and it is, because it was originally published in 1864. This <a href="http://www.grandparents.com/food-and-leisure/dessert-recipes/recipe-apple-betty">Brown Betty recipe</a> recommends Gala apples, but my <em>Betty Crocker </em>calls for tart, green apples. By the time you throw in the brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter, I doubt it matters that much.</p> <p><em>What classic desserts should we bring back?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-classic-desserts-we-all-miss">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Its owner had clearly put effort into her potluck dish, but no one was eating it. And why not? Sadly, that's just not what people want to eat at office potlucks.</p> <p>During 31 years of office work, I have participated in more potlucks than I can possibly count. Even though there may be a lot of talk about dieting and healthy eating during the workweek, trust me: <em>That goes out the window at a potluck</em>. Don't be the person whose potluck item sits, wallflower-like, next to the popular queso. Don't suffer the embarrassment of asking your co-workers if they want to take some quinoa salad home.</p> <p>Here are 20 sure-fire potluck foods that I have ranked in order of popularity.</p> <h2>1. Deviled Eggs</h2> <p>Coming in at number one is <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/classic-deviled-eggs-recipe.html">deviled eggs</a>. Nobody ever, <em>ever</em> goes home with a plate of uneaten deviled eggs. My co-worker Bridget, who had three kids, would bring a giant platter of deviled eggs to the office on the Monday after each Easter. They'd be gone before break time. You can dress them up with horseradish, bacon bits, snips of chive, or green onion. It really doesn't matter, because people are going to eat them all, even if they are unadorned.</p> <h2>2. Hot Artichoke Dip</h2> <p>My problem with <a href="http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/hot-artichoke-dip-52359.aspx">hot artichoke dip</a> is that I want to eat it all, and I don't want to share. If it is on the potluck table, you'll find me standing next to it. I never make it because I would eat it immediately, and then I would have no potluck item.</p> <p>I do, however, have a couple of recipe tweaks</p> <p>I like to add half a can of spicy chilis for a little zip. Secondly, sorry to start the mayonnaise versus Miracle Whip debate again, but for me, mayonnaise only. It doesn't matter what kind of crackers you serve alongside. Cardboard would get eaten with a layer of this stuff.</p> <h2>3. Meatballs</h2> <p>Coming in at number three are The Meatballs. You <em>know</em> which <a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/3-ingredient-sweet-and-sour-meatballs/0a8cdda2-b003-4043-b819-a0bb92d53cb8">sweet and sour meatballs</a> I am referring to. They also make frequent appearances at Super Bowl parties. The ingredients are ridiculously easy: meatballs, chili sauce, and grape jelly. You can mix it up and use barbecue sauce or other types of jelly, or even cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving. The trick is to put them into a Crock-Pot, which you set up in the office kitchen, and the aroma fills the air around 10:00 a.m. They smell great. I actually once caught a co-worker stealing one out of the Crock-Pot before the potluck. I use frozen turkey meatballs, which aren't as oily when heated. People will actually ask me &quot;Are you going to bring The Meatballs?&quot; when we have office potlucks.</p> <h2>4. Guacamole and Chips</h2> <p>I have never met anyone who didn't like <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/guacamole-recipe.html">fresh guacamole</a>. I am sure you're out there, but your numbers must be few. Watch out for the double-dippers. Do not make guacamole too far ahead of time, or you risk having it turn an unappetizing shade of brown.</p> <h2>5. Mexican Layered Dip</h2> <p>This <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/best-ever-layered-mexican-dip/">Mexican dip</a> is also called &quot;five-layer dip&quot; and &quot;seven-layer dip.&quot; They are all pretty similar: refried beans, cheese, sour cream, olives, onions, etc. If you own a quiche dish, that's a better vehicle than a pie plate. Pro tip, buy the really sturdy tortilla chips; that way people aren't breaking off their chips when they dip into this thick extravaganza.</p> <h2>6. Jumbo Shrimp With Cocktail Sauce</h2> <p>If you want to splurge on something that will impress the potluckers, here is a star. This is what you will hear: &quot;Oooh. Who brought the shrimp?&quot; I'm cheap, so I buy my shrimp, clean it, and cook it myself. But if you find a good price, it's so much easier just to buy it ready to serve.</p> <h2>7. Pizza</h2> <p>Getting a pizza for a potluck may seem like cheating, but it's actually genius. First off, most people love pizza. Secondly, you don't have to cook. Lastly, you can have it delivered. Sure, there are the people who will roll their eyes at your minimum effort, but watch that pie disappear.</p> <h2>8. Little Smokies Wrapped in Bacon</h2> <p>Arguably, the <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/bacon-wrapped-smokies/">bacon-wrapped lil' smokies</a> could have gone higher on the list. I love this recipe, which offers this unapologetic quote: &quot;Time consuming but it is well worth it! The brown sugar and bacon grease combine beautifully and give such a great taste.&quot; Yup.</p> <h2>9. Strawberry Pretzel Salad</h2> <p>I am one of those people who says &quot;I don't really care for Jell-O.&quot; And then, out comes <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/strawberry-pretzel-salad-2/">strawberry pretzel salad</a> or broken glass Jell-O (below), and darned if I don't eat it. And like it. Anything that has a layer of cream cheese&hellip; well, I want to be polite, right?</p> <h2>10. Queso Dip</h2> <p>Yes, this <a href="http://lilluna.com/hamburger-queso-dip/">hamburger queso dip</a> contains Velveeta cheese. If you can't handle the idea of processed cheese, here is an <a href="http://www.celebrationgeneration.com/blog/2011/09/26/how-to-make-proper-queso-dip-aka-velveeta-is-not-fit-for-human-consumption/">alternative recipe for queso</a>. This is another great item to bring to your potluck in a Crock-Pot, plug in, and forget it. Plus, you won't have to fight others for the microwave when it's time to roll out the food.</p> <h2>11. Tortilla Roll-Ups</h2> <p>I really like it when <em>other people</em> make these <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/trisha-yearwood/cream-cheese-roll-ups-aka-redneck-sushi.html">tortilla roll-ups</a>. I love to eat them; I'm terrible at assembling them. They travel well, which makes them a super potluck food. This recipe uses bacon, but more common are deli ham or turkey. I also like using diced chilis for added spiciness.</p> <h2>12. Potato Salad</h2> <p>Were you getting panicky wondering, &quot;Where is potato salad on this list?&quot; Of course we have to have potato salad on the potluck list! Like deviled eggs, it always goes. I had been using this<a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/margies-potato-salad-with-italian-dressing-374385"> potato salad recipe</a> for years. Last week, I was out of pre-made Italian dressing (the sort of translucent kind), so I used Olive Garden's store-bought brand and let those potatoes marinate. Holy smokes! That was a good move.</p> <h2>13. Layered Salad</h2> <p>This particular dish has several other names, such as &quot;<a href="http://www.mrfood.com/Misc-Salads/Chilled-Stacked-Salad">stacked salad</a>&quot; or &quot;rainbow salad.&quot; My mother made it a day ahead of potluck time and called it a &quot;24-hour salad.&quot; Whatever you call it, people like it. Why? Well, it's salad&hellip; sort of. It contains mayonnaise, sour cream, cheese, and bacon bits. My mother included a layer of bleu cheese in hers. People who are &quot;dieting&quot; will happily shovel it up. The trick? Use a clear bowl, so that your co-workers can see the pretty layers before you toss it.</p> <h2>14. Wings</h2> <p>Don't get me wrong. I love wings, but dang. They are messy. It's one thing if it's Casual Friday and I'm in jeans, but if I am in dry-clean only, I will probably avoid these. However, people do scarf them. If you use this <a href="http://damndelicious.net/2014/10/01/slow-cooker-sticky-chicken-wings/">slow cooker chicken wings</a> recipe, they can go in your Crock-Pot and make life easier.</p> <h2>15. Bundt Cakes</h2> <p>Bundts always look sporty (and who can forget that scene from <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPvO53JHnmY">My Big Fat Greek Wedding</a>), and they're great either in their original shape or sliced. I like potluck foods that are easily transported. There are tons of <a href="http://www.mrfood.com/cakes/best-bundt-cake-recipes">bundt cake recipes</a> out there. Plus, a bundt can be very easily made from a mix. I just made a chocolate and yellow &quot;marbled&quot; one that looks terrific.</p> <h2>16. Baked Brie</h2> <p>This showy, cheesy dish usually makes its appearances at potlucks during the holidays, but a <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/baked-brie-recipe.html">baked brie</a> is so easy, you might want to consider it for other occasions, too. A more holiday-ish version is to use raspberry jam in place of the honey.</p> <h2>17. Broken Glass Jell-O</h2> <p>This is a very pretty potluck item, and again, even the &quot;I don't like Jell-O&quot; people are going to dig in. <a href="http://justjennrecipes.com/broken-glass-jello/">Broken glass Jell-O</a> is simple to make, and you can use whatever colors strike your fancy. Its main drawback is that it takes a lot of room in the refrigerator, so if you make it, plan for needing some space.</p> <h2>18. Potato Chips and Onion Dip</h2> <p>So easy it's ridiculous, but everyone is going to eat this. Take it up a notch, at least, and make your own <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/onion-dip-from-scratch-recipe.html">homemade onion dip</a>. It's not hard, and you can loudly take credit for making it from scratch. Another notch? Make your own <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4foQumyJKAk">homemade potato chips</a>!</p> <h2>19. Spinach Dip</h2> <p>I know, I know&hellip; it's so 1980s. But it was good then, and it's good now. This updated <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/spinach-dip-in-bread-bowl/acf85231-d668-4448-acd0-aa6fc1ee6b3e">spinach dip recipe</a> uses yogurt rather than the traditional sour cream and mayonnaise. It's best not to hollow out your bread bowl too far ahead of time to prevent it from going stale. This is a trickier item to transport, so if you can finish it up at the office, that is a good way to go.</p> <h2>20. Baked Beans</h2> <p>In last place, but not because people don't like them &mdash; they do &mdash; are <a href="http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/08/the-best-baked-beans-ever/">baked beans</a>. They aren't as showy as some of the other items above, but they still taste great. I have to agree with the Pioneer Woman &mdash; this is the best recipe for them around. I bake ahead of time, then reheat in the Crock-Pot (again, making them more easily transportable).</p> <p>Any of the 20 items listed above will get eaten at a potluck. Remember to label your serving pieces and dishes with your name so that you don't lose them. Also, keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. You can use a little instant read thermometer, which is easy to pack. Enjoy the food and camaraderie!</p> <p><em>What are your go-to potluck favorites? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-office-potluck-dishes-everyone-loves">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-cool-uses-for-a-blender">14 Cool Uses for a Blender</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-tater-tot-recipes">10 Delicious Tater Tot Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-classic-desserts-we-all-miss">17 Classic Desserts We All Miss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-twinkies-and-other-secret-recipes-by-the-food-cloner-dude">“Make your own Twinkies” and other secret recipes by the Food Cloner Dude.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-expensive-recipe-ingredients-that-are-easy-to-replace">8 Expensive Recipe Ingredients That Are Easy to Replace</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink General Tips Office party food potluck recipes Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:00:10 +0000 Marla Walters 1338584 at http://www.wisebread.com Frugal Super Bowl Party Ideas http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-super-bowl-party-ideas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/frugal-super-bowl-party-ideas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/super_bowl.jpg" alt="People at a Super Bowl party" title="People at a Super Bowl party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As with most years, the upcoming big game sends consumers frantically dashing to the store to stock up on paper supplies, good eats, and spirits to indulge in. Even with the annual sale pricing on common staples like corn chips, sodas, and little weenies, it can be a financial drain to go all out for the event. Since many of the most frugal ideas are also more creative &mdash; and fun! &mdash; I&rsquo;ve rounded up some expert tips to help you have the best blow-out without blowing up your budget. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/45-other-things-to-do-on-super-bowl-sunday">45 Other Things to Do on Super Bowl Sunday</a>)</p> <h2>Super Bowl Stew</h2> <p>Reminiscent of the fairy tale &ldquo;Stone Soup,&rdquo; this modern-day feast can easily accommodate as many guests as you can fit into your home and will likely get cheers from the crowd.&nbsp;Bjorn Karger, author of <em>The Underground Guide to Living Frugal</em> dishes on the details: &ldquo;It needs everyone's help to win; just ask everyone if they could bring something to add to the stew. Have a simple broth going &mdash; water and a powdered soup-packet will do, or slice up an onion and add a few herbs and oil. Even with a small party of four to six guests you'll be surprised at how much food will come in and how fun it will be.&rdquo; Ideas for ingredients guests can bring include potatoes, chicken, shrimp, okra, carrots, and even coconut and curry. Sounds like a fun and delicious way to bond!</p> <h2>Grilled Cheese Station</h2> <p>If the idea of a hotel waffle bar gives you tingles, you&rsquo;ll likely be the type to appreciate a grilled cheese station at your next Super Bowl party. The idea is simple &mdash; set up a table with an electric griddle, and lay out an array of unique ingredients to create one-of-a-kind grilled cheese sandwiches. Don&rsquo;t forget to include five or more varieties of cheese, and remember that the thicker the bread is, the more filling (and affordable) the sandwiches will be. Not a grilled cheese fan? Put a twist on it by offering the same set-up for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-panini-presses">paninis</a> or even quesadillas.</p> <h2>A Presentable Potluck</h2> <p>Is asking your guests to bring a side dish or even alcohol acceptable in today&rsquo;s culture? Most definitely! Will it yield positive results? Not always. As many experts have pointed out, many people interpret the word &ldquo;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-potluck-parties-that-help-you-share-the-wealth">potluck</a>&rdquo; as &ldquo;stop by the dollar store and pick up a few jumbo-sized bags of chips.&rdquo;&nbsp;If you&rsquo;re concerned that guests won&rsquo;t put effort or creativity into their offerings, assign categories of food to people based on their last name (first letters of A-E bring one item, F-K another type, etc.) In any case, don&rsquo;t depend on guests to provide the bulk of the food and drink; always have a main course and a substantial amount of non-alcoholic offerings to go around.</p> <h2>Budget Beverages and Tableware</h2> <p>While most people assume that food will be the most expensive part of the party, drinks and tableware can be even more costly. Wona Miniati, co-author of the popular <em>Cooking With Trader Joe's</em> cookbook series, suggests starting simple where tableware is concerned: &ldquo;Thrift stores are a great place to pick up one-off pieces. A collection of non-matchy-matchy plates and glasses can be cute and eclectic.&rdquo;&nbsp;She also likes the idea of serving plain water with a selection of fancier garnishes like fresh citrus fruits, cucumber, or pomegranate seeds. For an affordable <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/argentine-wine-hack-make-bad-wine-better">spritzer</a>, combine one part juice with one part sparkling water.</p> <p><em>With less than a week until the Super Bowl, it may be too late to use some of the more extreme tactics of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/coupons">coupon-clipping</a> and ad matching. What tips do you have for making the big game gathering even bigger?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-super-bowl-party-ideas">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-fourth-of-july-party-ideas">Frugal Fourth of July Party Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-122-scrumptious-super-bowl-party-snack-ideas">Flashback Friday: 122 Scrumptious Super Bowl Party Snack Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-oscar-party-ideas">Frugal Oscar Party Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-theme-ideas-for-a-memorable-halloween-party">15 Theme Ideas for a Memorable Halloween Party</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-office-potluck-dishes-everyone-loves">20 Office Potluck Dishes Everyone Loves</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Food and Drink frugal party ideas potluck Super Bowl Tue, 31 Jan 2012 11:24:21 +0000 Linsey Knerl 881082 at http://www.wisebread.com Frugal Fourth of July Party Ideas http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-fourth-of-july-party-ideas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/frugal-fourth-of-july-party-ideas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/american_flag.jpg" alt="American Flag" title="American Flag" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="145" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Growing up, Fourth of July was one of my favorite holidays. I lived in rural New Hampshire at the time, an area that isn't exactly known for having a lot to do. But every Fourth of July, a small carnival would come into town; the day was filled with parades, entertainment, and contests; and at night, everyone from the surrounding area would gather on the baseball field to watch the fireworks.</p> <p>These days, I tend to celebrate the Fourth of July having a low-key barbecue with friends. If you're planning a Fourth of July gathering this year, here are some ideas to keep it fun, frugal, and festive. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/some-4th-of-july-numbers">Some Fourth of July&nbsp;Numbers</a>)</p> <h3>1. Have a Potluck</h3> <p>This is pretty much my favorite frugal suggestion for <em>any</em> party. If you're having a classic Fourth of July barbecue, provide the dogs, burgers, and buns, and let your guests bring the side salads, chips, and drinks.</p> <h3>2. Take Advantage of the Free Entertainment</h3> <p>Even if you're hosting a party, that doesn't mean you have to skip big events in town. Consider having a pre- or post-event barbecue. Invite everyone over for some food and drinks after the parade or before the fireworks, and that way you don't have to worry about providing things to do beyond good company and good eats.</p> <h3>3. Pass on Purchasing Fireworks</h3> <p>If fireworks aren't already illegal in your state, pass on purchasing anything greater than sparkler-strength. There's likely already a great fireworks display happening somewhere nearby anyway, and fireworks can be dangerous.</p> <h3>4. &quot;D&quot; the Decorations</h3> <p>In this case, &quot;D&quot; stands for both DIY and dollar store. Check out your local $1 emporium for cheap Fourth of July themed decorations as well as stand-alone red, white, or blue elements like vases and plastic plates. (You might even be able to raid your Christmas or Hanukkah decorations for items that are simply red, white, or blue.) And on the DIY side, red, white, and blue paper chains make lovely Fourth of July decorations (plus they're a great way to get kids involved). Or try cutting out paper stars in those patriotic colors and hanging them from the ceiling with different lengths of string.</p> <h3>5. Skip the Pricey Berries</h3> <p>So many Fourth of July dessert recipes suggest decking cakes and other desserts with appropriately colored raspberries and blueberries. But depending on where you live, those berries might not be in season yet. Don't feel the need to spend $4 a container of raspberries (as delicious as they may be) &mdash; look to less-expensive strawberries, get frozen berries if it's appropriate for the recipe, or use food coloring to make your cake colorful.</p> <h3>6. Get Active With&nbsp;Games</h3> <p>Check out Family Fun Magazine's collection of <a href="http://familyfun.go.com/playtime/sporty-games-photo-gallery-848241">26 Outdoor Games</a>. While the list is kid-focused, there's fun to be had for adults as well. And you can never go wrong with classics like kickball, touch football, or even a good-ol' three-legged race.</p> <h3>7. Throw Out (Some) Tradition</h3> <p>Just because the Fourth of July is traditionally a barbecue party doesn't mean you need to do that. Check out Julie's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fabulous-party-ideas-for-the-frugal-minded">Fabulous Party Ideas for the Frugal-Minded</a> for great ideas like a make-your-own-pizza party (and hey, you can always cook that pizza on the grill).</p> <p><em>Do you have any ideas for celebrating a frugal Fourth of July? Share in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-fourth-of-july-party-ideas">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-super-bowl-party-ideas">Frugal Super Bowl Party Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-ways-summer-will-cost-you">7 Surprising Ways Summer Will Cost You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-throw-a-fabulous-and-frugal-dinner-party">How to Throw a Fabulous (and Frugal!) Dinner Party</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-host-an-awesome-frugal-movie-night">How to Host an Awesome Frugal Movie Night</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-must-do-to-throw-a-frugal-fun-backyard-party">8 Things You Must Do to Throw a Frugal, Fun Backyard Party</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Food and Drink Lifestyle 4th of July frugal party ideas potluck summer Tue, 21 Jun 2011 10:00:17 +0000 Meg Favreau 589880 at http://www.wisebread.com The Best Frugal Office Party Foods http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-frugal-office-party-foods <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-best-frugal-office-party-foods" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000008122847Small-2.jpg" alt="Office party" title="Office party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="145" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some do it to observe birthdays, others to celebrate weddings, and still others, just to mark the fact that they&rsquo;ve made it to another Friday. Office food days are pretty much a fact of life if you work, well, anywhere. So how do you feed your coworkers without breaking the bank? Read on to find out which dishes are the best for workplace gatherings. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-potluck-parties-that-help-you-share-the-wealth">5 Potluck Parties That Help You Share the Wealth</a>)</p> <h3>1. Sweet Onion Tartlets</h3> <p>I love this recipe because it makes you look like a master chef, but is so easy that even I can&rsquo;t mess it up (and that&rsquo;s quite a feat). My favorite <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/sweet-onion-tartlets-recipe/index.html">sweet onion tartlets</a>&nbsp;come from the Food Network&rsquo;s own Sandra Lee. Once you&rsquo;ve got the basic recipe down, you can fill your tartlets with any number of ingredient mixtures, including goat cheese and spinach, olive tapenade and fontina cheese, or bacon and cheddar. <em>Estimated cost to serve 20: $8.84.</em></p> <h3>2. Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts</h3> <p>Let&rsquo;s face it &mdash; anything wrapped in bacon is better. Water chestnuts by themselves have relatively little flavor (although they do have a delightful crunch!), but when combined with bacon and married by a toothpick, they become a winning office party treat. Try this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/bacon-wrapped-water-chestnuts-iii/Detail.aspx">bacon-wrapped water chestnuts recipe</a> from <a href="http://allrecipes.com/">Allrecipes.com</a>. <em>Estimated cost to serve 20: $13.79.</em></p> <h3>3. Fresh Fruit</h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re health conscious (as many in my office are), you may appreciate it when someone brings in something to share that is both nutritious and delicious. Unless you want to risk coming off as the office Scrooge, though, don&rsquo;t just pick up a bushel of apples and toss them out there for people to share. Try a variety of fruits, such as pineapple, mango, or star fruit. You could also try cutting fruits out in interesting shapes using a melon baller or cookie cutters. For the most bang for your buck, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">pick fruits that are in season.</a> <em>Estimated cost to serve 20: $10-$20; varies with type of fruit.</em></p> <h3>4. Mini Calzones</h3> <p>Who can resist tiny calzones at an office party gathering? Make <a href="http://www.sunnysideuprecipes.com/2009/11/mini-calzones.html">spinach and cheese minis</a> using refrigerated buttermilk biscuit dough, frozen spinach, ricotta cheese, and shredded mozzarella. <em>Estimated cost to serve 20: $9.49.</em></p> <h3>5. Grilled Mini Sandwiches</h3> <p>Like mini calzones, mini sandwiches are bite-sized perfection for an office setting. Try these three&nbsp;<a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/mini-sandwich-buffetmini-grilled-cheese-and-tomato-mini-rachaels-and-mini-spicy-patty-melts-recipe/index.html">grilled sandwich recipes</a> (courtesy of Rachel Ray), or experiment with your own. Rather than going for packaged sandwich bread, start with something heartier, like sourdough or focaccia. Also, try offering a variety of meats other than the typical deli slices &mdash; Serrano ham, salami, and prosciutto are good places to start. And, since your sandwiches are all diminutive in size, a slightly more expensive meat won&rsquo;t hurt your wallet too badly. <em>Estimated cost to serve 20: $15.</em></p> <h3>6. Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs</h3> <p>Every time my friend brings these meatballs to one of our parties, they&rsquo;re gone before the last guest even arrives. Why not try them at your next office food day? I found something similar to her secret family recipe on <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/sweet-and-sour-meatballs-ii/Detail.aspx">Allrecipes.com</a>. <em>Estimated cost to serve 20: $13.83.</em></p> <h3>7. Cupcakes</h3> <p>These sweet desserts are my favorite. Not just the packaged, plain-old-vanilla kind, though; I like the new trend in designer cupcakes. Try your hand at two of my favorites: red velvet cupcakes (who said you have to wait till a wedding to eat red velvet cake?) and carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Peruse recipes for the best cupcakes at <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/cupcake-recipes">Martha Stewart.com</a>. <em>Estimated cost to serve 20: $8-$12; varies by cupcake recipe.</em></p> <p><em>What dishes do you take to your workplace gatherings that please crowds without breaking the bank? Share your experiences in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/janey-osterlind">Janey Osterlind</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-frugal-office-party-foods">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-ways-to-use-chicken-stock">25 Tasty Ways to Use Chicken Stock</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-office-potluck-dishes-everyone-loves">20 Office Potluck Dishes Everyone Loves</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-non-sandwich-work-lunches">25 Great Non-Sandwich Work Lunches</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-do-with-rotisserie-chicken">25 Things to Do With Rotisserie Chicken</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-fancy-ways-to-use-leftover-food">8 Fancy Ways to Use Leftover Food</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Food and Drink affordable recipes office parties potluck Mon, 14 Feb 2011 13:48:07 +0000 Janey Osterlind 489473 at http://www.wisebread.com Managing a Holiday Potluck: How to Keep Things Under Control http://www.wisebread.com/managing-a-holiday-potluck-how-to-keep-things-under-control <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/managing-a-holiday-potluck-how-to-keep-things-under-control" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3062713643_27e90f3ae8.jpg" alt="Thanksgiving Dinner" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="186" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thanksgiving, for my circle of friends, is at my house every year. A few friends and I start cooking early in the day, handling the big stuff, like the turkey and the mountain of mashed potatoes. Everyone else brings different things, making for a huge potluck. After a few years of this sort of holiday meal, there are a few tricks I've picked up on that keep a potluck meal from winding up with ten desserts and no salad.</p> <h3>Who's in Charge?</h3> <p>There has to be someone in charge of any potluck with more than four people bringing dishes. Someone has to answer that ever-present question of 'What can I bring?' and keep track of who is already bringing what. There are plenty of convenient online tools these days, although I stick to sharing a Google Doc with assignments. (I've found that some folks don't always remember what to bring, so having a reminder is useful.)</p> <p>You don't have to be overbearing about being in charge &mdash; you just have to keep things manageable.</p> <h3>Keep Track of the Details</h3> <p>On that same spreadsheet where I keep track of who is bringing what, I make notes about allergies and dietary restrictions. Not only do we have several specific dietary restrictions in our group (vegetarian, kosher, and other diets) but we have several folks who are allergic to different things, including, unfortunately, garlic. There aren't that many people who will eat everything on the menu, but if you're willing to make suggestions about ingredients like using a vegetable-stock base for gravy, it's not too tough to make sure that everyone will still get a full meal.</p> <p>I've also built up an idea of what my friends expect in terms of food over the years. The first year we all got together for Thanksgiving, I didn't make stuffing because it was never a big deal in my family growing up. Since then, a friend with her grandmother's secret stuffing recipe has been responsible for that part of the meal. There are a few other specialties that are simply permanently assigned.</p> <h3>Stock Your Pantry</h3> <p>Provided you've got a well-stocked pantry, someone forgetting something small isn't a big deal. We've had friends bring chicken soup and forget the noodles &mdash; I just dived into a cupboard and let them sort out putting the rest of the soup together. On the big day, I don't want to worry about whether everyone remembers everything and having a well-stocked pantry means that filling in holes isn't a problem. 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