Potluck Panic

For that is what God is like. He is our God
forever and ever, and he will guide us until we die.
—Psalm 48:14 NLT

I was recently asked to bring a broccoli cauliflower casserole to a home potluck that was to be held out at the lake.  Rather than say, “I have no idea what that is”, I responded, “sure!”  After all, I write for Bonnie’s Kitchen at CWO – if I can’t try new recipes once in a while how can I expect my readers to?

There are usually a couple of rules I apply when trying out new recipes:

  1. Don’t try them out on guests.  Tackle them at home first where the crowd is a little more forgiving.
  2. Don’t try them in an unfamiliar kitchen.  Try them out first where your normal cooking has been tried and true.

With this casserole I was breaking all the rules. I pulled a recipe off the internet and in my usual style tweaked it a little before even trying the original recipe.  Although I had not tried it in my own kitchen first, it looked foolproof so I decided it would be perfect for the potluck.

When I got to the lake the oven was broken! Without grocery stores readily available I had to alter my plans to adjust my casserole to be a stovetop recipe. I will admit my stress level was raised a bit.

Uncertainty always causes a little stress. Look at the market conditions lately. No one can predict what will happen over the next few weeks, never mind the next few years.  For many, stress levels are increasing with each news broadcast.

When there is uncertainty I am comforted in knowing that there are some very basic things I can count on lasting forever.

  • My God is the same yesterday today and forever.
  • Seasons may change, the world may change but the Word of the Lord will last forever.
  • No matter who becomes ruler of our country, my God will reign forever and ever.
  • No matter where I have to live today, I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
  • I may never get invited back to a potluck at Dorothy’s but nothing can separate me from the love of God!

Dorothy’s Yams

6c Yams (cooked & mashed)
½ sugar
½ tsp salt
½ c milk
2 eggs beaten
¼ c melted margarine
1 ½ tsp vanilla

½ c brown sugar
1/3 c butter
½ c flour
1 c chopped pecans
1 ½ c coconut

Combine yams, sugar, salt, milk, eggs, margarine and vanilla.  Pour into a 1 ½ quart casserole dish.  Combine remaining ingredients and spread on top of yams.
Bake at 325 F for 35 min.


Bonnie’s Broccoli Cauliflower & Cheese Casserole

1 lb chopped broccoli
1 lb  chopped cauliflower
1 10 3/4 oz. can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1  diced medium onion
3/4 lb. grated medium Cheddar cheese
2 eggs
salt and pepper to taste

Bacon bits
¼ lb grated medium cheese

Combine all ingredients except topping into a large casserole dish.  Mix well. Cover with and bake at 350°F for 50 minutes.

Remove cover and sprinkle bacon bits and cheese on top of casserole.
Bake, uncovered, for an additional10 minutes.  Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

To adapt this recipe for a stove top:
Simmer ingredients on low for approximately 50 min.  Stir occasionally.  Add topping and serve.

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