Debbie M. asks
What’s your favorite food to bring to parties? To see at parties?
We’ve already discussed potlucks specifically, so we’ll assume you’re not talking about pot-lucks, but about parties for which you are not expected to bring anything.
Wine is a good choice for these. I am partial to bringing a bottle of Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc, as it is a light tasty wine that is unpretentious but also classy. It’s not out of place anywhere, at least not anywhere that wine is served. (I know this because several people whose opinion on wine we value far higher than our own have served this or purchased it at restaurants.) Sometimes though, we’ll bring a six-pack of whatever DH’s favorite hard cider of the moment is. #2 agrees and says she likes to bring wine or a beer that she likes so she knows there will be at least one beer she likes.
If we’re not sure that alcohol will be welcome, we usually whip up a dessert because you can never have too many of those. Sometimes a pie, sometimes cookies, sometimes a quick bread or cupcakes. Whatever we feel like will fit.
My favorite foods to see at parties: little sausages in modified bbq sauce in a warmer (because we would never make these at home and I love them) and cucumber sandwiches (because I love them but never seem to be able to make them right… though I suspect the people who make them right are dying off :( ). I also like cocktail shrimp. And sometimes people make really good cake, but it’s hard to tell if cake is going to be good without trying it… I suppose that’s a reason to have children, so you can make them try the cake.
#2 can get behind some tasty dips– she likes things that are salty and flavorful. Most people’s sweets are too sweet.
#1 kind of likes raw veggie trays with dips. #2 agrees, citing cucumbers and carrots specifically.