Gold Canyon, Arizona

The Pickleball Club had their monthly potluck event last night.

Wow, was it good.

I ate so much I’m Bluto-ed. That’s what Rich and I call it when we eat way too much.


Sloppy Joes, beef or chicken, were provided for the main course for the price of $2.00 per person. Each person/couple brought one side dish to share with others.


What is it about potlucks that makes them so good?

I think it’s the opportunity to try so many different types of food without having to do all the work.

We all generally fix an item that we are comfortable making, so there’s no stress involved in trying to cook something new.


Where else besides a potluck can a person eat apple pie, chocolate cherry dump cake, Top Ramen cabbage salad, and pasta salad all at once?

Other than eating too much, my only regret is that we won’t be here for next month’s pot luck. πŸ™‚

8 thoughts on “Potlucks”

  1. There were no sirloin tips or rack of lamb for peasants in the Middle Ages. Those in the lower economic classes might not have even known what they were having for dinner – hence the “luck” in “potluck.”

    To stretch the family food supply, peasant wives (and one can safely assume it was always the wives) would drop leftovers into an iron pot and reheat them over the fire day after day. She and her family would eat “potluck,” or whatever happened to be in the pot. (The “Pease porridge hot/ Pease porridge cold” nursery rhyme suggests that leftovers might be reheated for a long time – nine days, perhaps?)

    “Potluck” was first recorded in 1592 as a counterpart to the French pot-au-feu (“fire pot”), or what we know today as a buffet of whatever happens to be handy.
    I bought a book for my cousin who was in the hospital recently. Due to some shipping issues, I didn’t receive it until he was out, home and healing! The book is “Why Do We Say It”
    The stories behind the words, expressions and clichΓ©s we use.
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  2. Giggles. πŸ™‚ Good research, Sharon!

    I’ll never eat potluck without wondering if something’s been in the ‘pot’ for nine days!

    1. I did eat Machado’s beans and think of them every time I eat a meat or bean dish at a potluck. That was awful…

  3. I love the history of the term. America’s Secret Slang on the History Channel as well as History of the English Language are great shows about how words have been created or altered over time.

    1. Thanks for the recommendations, Joanne. Once I get control of the remote again, I’ll have to check them out. πŸ™‚

      1. Kathy, I rarely get the remote. It only ends up near my chair when one of the girls (Elllie) have watched the t.v. in our room when I am busy elsewhere….

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