"In the South, the first thing most of us say when we are invited to dinner is 'What can I bring?''' said Anne Byrne (also known as The Cake Mix Doctor).
Byrne's new What Can I Bring? Cookbook features more than 200 easy-to-tote dishes for any get-together.
There are finger foods, canapes, and "trios"—Trio of Marinated Goat Cheese, Asian Summer Rolls with a Trio of Sauces, Trio of Pastry-Wrapped Camemberts. 25 surprising salads: White Corn Salad with Fresh Thyme, Asparagus and Grilled Peppers with Asian Soy Dressing. Main dishes for a party, from Southern-Style Pulled Pork to Creamy White Bean and Spinach Lasagne. Desserts (of course, 25 of them), and a full chapter of loaves and other gifts from the kitchen, including Chocolate Sour Cherry Bread and Sun-Cooked Peach Preserves. Each recipe comes with Tote Notes (how best to transport the dish), Big Batch (how to multiply the dish), and When You Arrive (how to put the finishing touches on the dish). Plus there are "Grab & Gos"—super-quick recipes—for each section, etiquette tips for working in someone else's kitchen, and a "Notes" area for each recipe, to jot down tips and log in when you made the dish and for what occasion, so you don't repeat yourself.
I found us a few recipes to "try before we buy":
- Margaret's Black Cherry Salad
- Bebe's Green Beans
- Pineapple Casserole with a Cheddar Crust
- Tres Leches Cake with Strawberries
- Easy Creamy Scalloped Potatoes
- Broccoli Cornbread
- Leila's Easy Chocolate Pound Cake
- Jan's Bruschetta
- Eggplant Parmesan with Fresh Basil
- Love This Chocolate Glaze
- Seasoned Roasted Pecans