I don't like it when I have to bring a food item somewhere. Basically, I don't like to cook and I am not good at advance prep.
At our house the night before the potluck:
J- are we going to the potluck tomorrow?
N- I don't know. Maybe we should. Maybe not. Potlucks are so sketchy (Noah doesn't like "mixed together" food. He likes his steak. His mushrooms. His onions. His potato. All separate and all from the grill.
J- well, if we went then we wouldn't have to cook tomorrow.
N- no, we would just have to keep the kids from dumping lemonade on each other's heads.
J- remind me to bring L a sippy cup
J- What should I make?
N- don't know. Do we have anything?
J- I suppose I should throw something together for the potluck. Do you think anyone would eat orange/lime/blue rasberry jello mixed together with...um...maybe some canned apricots cut in? Oooo...score! I have a brownie mix....but no eggs...
I guess we could just pick up some chips and potato salad.
N- if we are going to do that, we may as well just pick up some steaks and eat at home.
My potluck philosophy is that I bring whatever I have that I can throw together quickly. And yes, I wouldn't advise you to attend potlucks with me.
My mom likes to bring things that my dad doesn't like but she does.
Some people always bring the same thing.
Others like to test out new recipes.
What is your potluck standard? Do you always bring the same thing? Do you even go? Or are you the awesome one who brings the fried chicken from the deli?