I come from a long line of sturdy German/Scandinavian farm women long devoted to potluck pride. These are stoic, sensible women that do what needs to be done with no room for nonsense, fashion or attention-getting schemes. So the potluck is their way of showing off in a way that allows them to pretend it's not showing off.
"Oh, land sakes. They're just cookies!" they'd say. "Aw, haven't you ever seen a casserole before? 'Twasn't anything special." No compliments are ever accepted, but we know they are proud of their potluck offerings - you can tell by the sparkle in their eye and the slightest twitch of a smile on their lips.
My daughters's Christmas program was last week, and a potluck followed. We decided to bring the Absolutely Almond Cranberry-Crusted Cake from our website, and oh my stars ... what an amazing cake it was! The church-goers fairly licked the platter clean and I was filled with pride ... and not only for the cake, but also for my heritage and Tastefully Simple - we've got good stuff!
Check out the tips & hints for some ideas, and have a cranberry cake for the holidays!