|Modern Potluck, Beautiful Food to Share|
Whether you live in a small community or a large one, potlucks are a wonderful way to bring people together. They can be based on a theme, season or even a holiday. Many times they are a celebration of the end of something, for example if you are in a book club you may have just finished a book, on a trail crew, just finished a new section or cleaned out an old area.
So I jumped with joy when I had to opportunity of add “Modern Potluck”, Beautiful Food to Share, by Kristin Donnelly to my cookbook collection. Kristin started her career as an editor for Food & Wine and currently is a food writer and recipe tester and developer. In this beautifully arranged cookbook the recipes are grouped into sections for snacks, dips, drinks, main dishes, etc. Also there are a wide variety of dairy-free, gluten-free and vegetarian recipes. Kristin writes that "Modern Potluck" was written to give people an updated version of a potluck. Nowadays there are, “dietary restrictions and Instagram worthiness”. The book also has other helpful information regarding rules of the Potluck and food safety.
I prepared the Plum-Ginger Coffee Cake with coconut flakes. My husband who is not a big fan of sweets surprised me by saying this was the best sour cream based cake that he has ever had. Wow! I also loved all the flavor from the streusel topping of flaked coconut and candied ginger. The cake itself was moist and full of flavor. I will be making this recipe again and again, maybe next time with peaches and cardamom. Next up I will be preparing the meal featured on the cover of her book, Spiced-Roasted carrots.
|Plum-Ginger Coffee Cake with Coconut|
|Plum-Ginger Coffee Cake with Coconut Flakes|