Potluck Don’ts?



Photo from The Kitchn


We get it, you’re busy, and yes, everybody likes Planter’s nut mix, but don’t become known as that person who always brings obviously not-homemade stuff to potlucks.


If it should happen that you and another potlucker bring the same dish, in the name of sweet fried onions don’t wage a war of subterfuge against your rival. “I once took my famous hot artichoke dip to a potluck, and another person had made the same dip,” an anonymous potlucker told us. “Both were set out and her husband was loving mine (I’d spiced it up with dill and lemon juice). When he went to help his wife with drinks, she absolutely must have told him to stop eating mine—and told the rest of her family, too—because after that he didn’t go near mine and neither did their kids!”




It is rude to pick out specific food out of a dish. example, picking out all the shrimp. And, making a to go plate before the function is over is just tacky.

So… my guest brings her whole family of 10! AND they brought an EXPIRED cake from Walmart to add to the potluck table!!! Thank the good Lord there wasn’t 15.


Had someone (over the age of 30) turn up with a bucket of Kentucky fried chicken. Cold. He’d gotten “an extra bucket at dinner yesterday especially for the party”, and kept it in the fridge overnight.

Bringing a dish/dessert with one serving already missing! “I had to give hubby/my mom/my friend a taste first!”


Unidentifiable food is present. If you have to explain your dish, don’t bring it.

A stampede is caused by someone shouting, “Oh look Twinkies and SpaghettiO’s!” Why is it that the store bought stuff is more popular than my homemade Dulce de Leche Pie?


There are people in line with their plates heaped high looking for the Diet Coke.

”Too many memories of eating jello in the church basement while sitting on folding chairs. Now I need to make an appointment with my psychiatrist.”

Copycat Cracker Barrel Hash Browns Casserole


This recipe for Copycat Cracker Barrel Hash Browns Casserole is one of the tastiest Cracker Barrel restaurant recipes for side dishes! This hash browns casserole is made with frozen hash browns, sour cream, onion, and cheese. This is truly one of the easiest side dish recipes to make.

  • 2 pounds frozen hash browns
  • 1 (10.25-ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red bell pepper (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray a large, 4-quart, bake dish with cooking spray (see note).
    2. In a large bowl, combine hash browns with soup, sour cream, butter, onion and red pepper. Season with salt and pepper and stir in 1 cup of the shredded cheese until well mixed.
    3. Spoon into prepared bake dish and bake for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 cup of cheese and continue to bake another 10 minutes until cheese is melted and lightly browned on top.
    • This makes a large quantity and is best if baked in a dish larger than a standard 9 x 13 casserole. You can measure your largest bake dish by pouring in water to see what quantity it holds. If you only have a 9×13, the finished casserole will be thicker and will need at least 10 more minutes of bake time before adding the final cheese.
    • This recipe was inspired by Homemade Cracker Barrel Hash Browns Casserole—a reader favorite!


The Annual LCGS Potluck Luncheon-December 3

Facebook Event Page


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Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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