Potlucks are so much fun, because you get to make one thing and try a dozen. I usually have the problem that no matter how small my portions are, I can’t fit some of everything on my plate, and I always eat too much. It’s worth it, though, to get to share all that tasty food. People always bring something they know they make well when they have to share.
I like to make pasta salads, because they are fast, they taste good hot or cold, and they travel well. They are also the kind of thing you can throw together from whatever random ingredients you have in the kitchen – the only essential is pasta, and who doesn’t have pasta?
My most recent pasta salad ended up being pesto and red pepper. I mixed things up a bit by boiling the noodles with a little bit of garlic oil, and using garlic oil instead of plain olive oil to toss the salad. (more…)