Janet's Notebook
Potluck Recipes Feed The Spirit of Sharing


Easy, Delicious Baked Spaghetti


Potlucks have to be one of the greatest traditions ever. What's better than gathering together with your community and sharing a delicious offering fresh from your kitchen? That's what we're all about here at Just A Pinch! And nothing but the best will do when it comes to feeding your friends and family, so we're dishing on some of our favorite potluck picks!

Every memory of my childhood potlucks includes a steamy pot of delicious Sweet and Sour Meatballs. Home cook Christine Whisenhunt has practically perfected the art of savory meatballs made for sharing. Her go-to recipe originated with a special co-worker who always wowed at office gatherings. "I got this recipe from Ken, someone I worked with years ago," explains Christine. "He brought these [meatballs] to a potluck we had and I HAD to have the recipe." What sets this tasty recipe apart from some others is its stellar sauce! As fresh in flavor as it is silky in texture, the subtly sweet and sour sauce is terrific on meats of all sorts. "We've all had those 'potluck meatballs in sauce'," laughs Christine, "but to this day I still think this is the best sauce I've ever had on them. The possibilities are endless! I hope you give it a try and enjoy it too!"

Patti Smith is another savvy home cook adding her special spin to a traditional recipe. Her Baked Spaghetti blends the best of classic Italian flavors with the ease of convenient ingredients. "This is one of my all time favorites," says Patti. "It is fantastic to take to potlucks or to a friend who is under the weather." In addition to it tasting fab, this recipe is a good go-to because it's so easy to prepare. Use canned tomatoes and condensed cream of mushroom soup for a shortcut meal that is long on versatility. In fact, Patti even suggests repurposing leftovers as a cold pasta salad! The crew and I shared this recipe at a luncheon recently and it was a hands-down hit.

Of course what says "potluck" more than the great, American crock pot?! In our insatiable hunt for all things deliciously crock pot, we have found some super fun ways to celebrate the power of the slow cooker. An all-time fave comes from Ms. Cindy Dominguez who has shared her secret for Crock Pot Cake! That's right... cake. As in, ooey, gooey chocolaty sweetness. "I always wanted to make a cake in a crock pot... so now I do," says Cindy plainly. The recipe calls for just seven common ingredients... and three of them are chocolate! Proceed with caution as Cindy promises the smell of this cake is liable to make you go nuts with desire. Ooh, nuts! Now there's an idea. Add a pinch of pecans and a scoop of ice cream for a truly memorable dessert fit for a crowd.

There you have it, a sampling of just a few of our favorite potluck picks! Now we want to know what you're serving up at your community gatherings!

Have a go-to potluck pick of your own? Let us know - we can't wait to give it a try!



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25 Comments
cwhisenhunt
Christine Whisenhunt - Apr 15, 2012
Glad everybody enjoyed! Now you know why this is my fave recipe for these now. Thanks for trying them and for the feedback! :)
pistachyoo
Kim Biegacki - Apr 15, 2012
Christine, the Sweet and Sour Meatballs were a hit and everyone love them. It was super easy to make and smells wonderful cookin' in the crockpot. Thanks again for sharing such a wonderful recipe.
pistachyoo
Kim Biegacki - Apr 15, 2012
Christine, the meatballs are in the crock...Mom & Dad are coming over for dinner and having some too. Ok, don't tell...shhhhhhh I already tasted and it's gonna be good!! hehe
angiemath
Angela Gray - Apr 15, 2012
Something warm and gooey always sounds good to me ! whoo hoo
cwhisenhunt
Christine Whisenhunt - Apr 13, 2012
Thank you, Freda! I think I'm going to try that cake today too. It's raining still and something warm and gooey sounds good! LOL
cookin4me
FREDA GABLE - Apr 13, 2012
Congrats to Christine and Thanks, to all the gals for Submitting your Great POTLUCK Recipes. Meatballs are My favorite, But I must admit, I will have to try this cake. . . that's one on me.
Potlucks are A family FUN thing I always enjoy doing.

Thanks for Sharing . . to Each of You!!
colleenlucky7
Colleen Sowa - Apr 11, 2012
Congratulations to all of you mentioned in this article! Janet... loved this article.... xo
cwhisenhunt
Christine Whisenhunt - Apr 10, 2012
Amanda, At least I'm talking to you... You didn't talk to me for a week after you got that blue ribbon for your "Button Busting" Cake! Sniff...sniff... LOL!!!

Kim, Fudgey chocolately goodness...WITH ice cream... I am so going to make that! I wonder if I can do it now without waking up hubby... LOL!!! OH, but I'll have to get some ice cream... Darn, it'll have to keep til daylight! LOL
pistachyoo
Kim Biegacki - Apr 10, 2012
I have tried Cindy's crockpot chocolate cake and talk about moist and chocolatey....well it certainly is. I posted a pic too. I did mine in my medium crockpot so it is a round and very tall cake. hehe...but my nephews and friends appreciated that fudge like chocolate goodness with some ice cream of course. hehe
angiemath
Angela Gray - Apr 10, 2012
Cathy, (inside joke ya'll) have your people call my people and we will talk darling ! lol Oh, brother, it has already gone to your head ! whoo I love ya sweetheart, you deserve this recognition and I couldn't be happier for you...xxoo ~Ang

Patti and Cindy, I have not tried your wonderful recipes but I just SAVED them and I will be making them soon. I frequently need large quantity recipes to take to various functions and these will be perfect ! Congrats on the recognition, well deserved !
cwhisenhunt
Christine Whisenhunt - Apr 10, 2012
Amanda (inside joke yall), you're such a brat! You kill me! LOL Hmm... Let me think about it... No, but I'll let you talk to my "people"! ROFL!!!! Thank you both for the support and sweet compliments! Love you both!

Congratulations, Patti and Cindy, on your features as well! Both of your dishes sound great, I'm going to have to try them! We just had spaghetti twice in the past week (I was jonesing for some! LOL), so it'll be a bit before I do that one, but I can't wait to dig in to that crockpot cake! I always wanted to try one, no time like the present!
angiemath
Angela Gray - Apr 10, 2012
Whoo hoo, About time your talents were recognized my friend ! I am so tickled for you ! Congrats, will you still speak to us little people ? xxoo
pistachyoo
Kim Biegacki - Apr 10, 2012
Ok, you most definetely got me on the Chicken Sombrero; however, they all sound great I choose that one for the next dish of yours to try. Sou