** This is a re-post from August 22nd. I never thought I would ever find the need to do a re-post. I decided to do it today because August 22nd was the day that I met the wonderful Ottawa foodie behind whisk: a food blog. Shari needs inspiration right now and I am okay with telling her here that she made August 22nd a very good day for me. Do read on. **
It is a mystery to me that any potluck party I go to has yet to have two dishes exactly the same. What law of the universe is that? The Food Timeline website had this to say about potluck:
The term "potluck" has two meanings; both practices are related and have ancient roots:
- Taking one's chances with what is being served (in the cooking pot) - Travelers and other unexpected guests took their chances (luck!) with whatever was being served that night.
- Community meal composed of food contributions. - Early societies often pooled food resources for special occasions (weddings, funeral, etc.)