Say hello to Sabra!

April 14th, 2013 by The Big Potluck

Ready to dip life to the fullest at the Big Traveling Potluck? We’re super excited that first-time sponsor Sabra will be sharing their full line of dips and spreads throughout the event. To kick off your snacking, look for Grab & Go Hummus with Pretzels in your welcome bags, along with a coupon for free product!

Can’t get enough hummus? 
Sabra will also be giving one winner a year’s supply of free hummus! All attendees will be entered in the random drawing on Friday night.


Be sure to say hello to Stephanie at the event, she’s ready to talk all things Sabra!

Here’s more from our sponsor:

There’s a whole wide world of flavor out there, and Sabra invites you to experience it—one dip at a time. Inspired by flavors from around the globe, Sabra’s dips are authentic and made with the freshest ingredients and most delicious spices. With Sabra’s amazing range of flavors, you can dip life to the fullest.


Our passion is to bring different flavors to your table with our family of dips and spreads. We start with authentic recipes, and then use fresh ingredients to create gourmet products that bring a taste of the world to the everyday. Our full line of products includes hummus, eggplant dips, babaganoush spreads, vegetarian sides, salsa, guacamole, and Greek yogurt veggie dips. To learn more, visit us at, and on Twitter (@Sabra).


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A Redwood Hill Farm Giveaway!

April 2nd, 2013 by The Big Potluck


Big Traveling Potluck 2013: Redwood Hill Farm       Big Traveling Potluck 2013: Green Valley Lactose Free

We are proud to announce that Redwood Hill Farm is one of our sponsors for Big Traveling Potluck this year. Located in Sebastopol, California, Redwood Hill Farm is a woman-owned and family-operated goat dairy farm that is Certified Humane and 100% solar-powered. Their goat yogurt, kefir, and cheese are natural, healthful, and free from preservatives, colorings, and stabilizers. Did we mention their stuff tastes incredible? But that’s not surprising. Dairy that is produced sustainably and that is as least-processed as possible can only be creamy, smooth, and delicious.

Redwood Hill Farm also recently launched a cow dairy line called Green Valley Organics which has lactose-free yogurt, kefir, and the best sour cream on earth (try it, you won’t disagree!). We’re looking forward to using their products in different ways, from parfaits to salad dressings, at Big Traveling Potluck. Make sure you connect with them before the event on their social media platforms and then in-person at the event!

Here’s more from our sponsor:


Good for You, Good for the Planet, Good for the Animals, Since 1968

We are looking forward to meeting all of you at the upcoming Big Traveling Potluck and introducing you to our two great choices from a family business you can feel good about: Redwood Hill Farm® goat yogurts, kefirs and cheeses and Green Valley Organics® cow dairy brand, the first line of lactose free yogurts and kefirs to be available nationwide.

Each goat and cow dairy product made at Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery Inc.’s solar-powered creamery, in addition to being absolutely delicious, is also GMO free, gluten free, kosher certified and Certified Humane Raised and Handled®. The products contain no artificial flavors, sweeteners, coloring, preservatives or stabilizers. It’s all natural, wholesome goodness you can taste, from our family to yours.

One of you won’t have to wait. As an appe-teaser, we’ve put together a sampler of some of our most popular products for you to enjoy just as they are or as ingredients in a favorite recipe or a new creation. You will enjoy: Redwood Hill Farm Goat Milk Cheddar and Smoked Cheddar, Raw Milk Feta and our fresh and flavored chevres. For serving, we’re inlcuding our Redwood Hill cheeseboard and cheese knives. Kefir from Redwood Hill Farm (Mango-Orange-Pineapple) and Green Valley Organics (Plain) and the creamiest, most delicious sour cream from Green Valley Organics will also be included.

Big Traveling Potluck 2013: A Redwood Hill Farm Giveaway!

Until we meet at Big Traveling Potluck, we hope you’ll get to know us at,, The Bleat Beat blog, Facebook and Twitter (@RedwoodHillFarm).

This is what makes Redwood Hill “a different kind of dairy”:

• Healthful, natural, and delicious specialty dairy products: All products are free of preservatives, coloring, stabilizers, and only 100% fresh milk and organic fruits are used
• Guarantee the health, happiness, and ethical treatment of all our dairy animals: While Redwood Hill Farm is the first Certified Humane goat dairy in the U.S., the single source cow dairy that provides milk for Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery’s new Green Valley Organics Lactose Free line is also Certified Humane
• Commitment to sustainability: Electric vehicle recharging stations; manure and straw/hay stems are composted or used as mulch around the fruit trees; reclaimed water is used to clean areas where acceptable
• 100% Solar Powered: Since 2010, two acres of solar roof panels have generated all the power needed to run the creamery; in 2011, their goat dairy farm where Jennifer, Scott and brother David live went solar too
• Support our contributing dairies: Family farm producers are compensated with a fair price for their milk
• Support the community: For over 30 years Redwood Hill Farm has donated to and partnered with youth and agriculture organizations, local health needs, and environmental causes in our community
• Honor and value our employees: All employees are paid a living wage; receive full health care for all employees and their families; employee reward program for new ideas for re-using and recycling that keeps everyone on the alert for new ways to protect our environment
• Demonstrate integrity: Commitment to fair business practices with all business partners


To win this giveaway, just tell us: Have you ever cooked with kefir? What have you made? For suggestions and creative ways to use kefir (a liquid yogurt that’s great by itself, blended in smoothies or used like buttermilk in recipes) go to Green Valley Lactose Free or Redwood Hill Farm.

For an extra entry (and pictures of cute baby goats!), like Redwood Hill Farm on Facebook here and leave a comment telling us you’ve done so!

Giveaway ends 12noon PST on April 15.


Announcing: Big Traveling Potluck 2013!

November 15th, 2012 by The Big Potluck

Back in 2010, we hosted our very first Big Summer Potluck in Bucks County, Pennsylvania as a way to meet new friends and do our part to make our community a little bigger, a little better, a little stronger. It must have worked because our friends have continued to come back year after year, and so many new ones have joined us! After three years of hosting this wonderful event in our own backyard, we thought we’d see if our West Coast friends would like it too, so we’re finally taking this potluck on the road! While “BSP” has evolved and changed, we’re committed to our original mission: build community.

LOCATION & DATES: The first Big Traveling Potluck is April 26-28, 2013 (Friday night to Sunday noon) at the gorgeous Plateau Edge in Murietta, CA, nearly equidistant from Los Angeles and San Diego.

TICKET PRICE: Attendees know we pride ourselves in keeping prices low ($150 for BSP 2012). But a show on the road is more expensive than one in your backyard—think of the cost of a restaurant dinner versus preparing one in your own home. Tickets for Big Traveling Potluck are only slightly higher ($199) and that still includes all meals, sessions, and transportation to and from our host hotel to Plateau Edge. There will be 75 tickets available.

Tickets go on sale on Monday, November 26th at 10 AM PST. We’ll post the link to the registration page on our website, via Twitter, and on Facebook. While we don’t expect tickets to sell out immediately, last year’s BSP tickets were gone in less than 10 minutes. If you think you want to come, be ready to purchase as soon as you can after they go on sale. Not around? Ask a friend to buy your ticket for you.

SPEAKERS: We’re very excited about our West coast speakers. You may have heard them before, but not like this. They’re bloggers and photographers, yes, but they’ll certainly not talk about traffic, monetization, or SEO. With the theme “Invest in Yourself,” these speakers will be gettin’ real.

Here’s our mind-blowingly awesome lineup of talent:

From left to right: Ree Drummond of The Pioneer Woman, Matt Armendariz of Matt Bites, and HJ Hearn of Helen Jane.

Gaby Dalkin and Lori Lange will also be cooking up something for us as we help them celebrate the April release of their new cookbooks, Absolutely Avocados and The Recipe Girl Cookbook.

WHAT TO EXPECT: We’ll learn and share loads this weekend, but it’s mostly about having a whole heck of a lot of fun. In our Big Potluck tradition, we’ll start with cocktails and dinner on Friday night. This is your chance to catch up with friends you haven’t seen for months and meet the people you’ve only known through Twitter.

Saturday starts early and ends late, so dress comfortably and come ready to eat, learn, be inspired, and party in the evening. (If it’s anything like BSP, the merriment will continue back at the hotel!)

Sunday ends with a big brunch where we’ll reflect on the weekend and finally say goodbye … or until next time!

view from Plateau Edge
ACCOMODATIONS: We have a room block at the Spring Hill Suites Marriott in Temecula… but only until December 28, 2012. Reserve your room with the code “Potluck”. Because our BTP shuttle will pick up and drop off from this hotel only, please book your rooms here asap. Plus, you don’t want to miss out on the late night fun with the other attendees. Plus there’s an indoor-outdoor pool. Plus Temecula is wine country. Enough said!

AIRPORT: The closest major airport is Ontario Airport (ONT). (That’s Ontario, California, not Canada.) You can also fly into San Diego or Los Angeles and rent a car or carpool with friends.

We’ll share more info about the Big Traveling Potluck (hashtag #BTP1) soon. In the meantime, follow us on Twitter (@thebigpotluck) and Facebook for updates.

We look forward to seeing you all in April for food, inspiration, and some big time community.

Until then … Cheers!
Maggy, Erika & Pam

P.S. In case you were wondering, we’re still hosting Big Summer Potluck in the East coast next year. Yep, that’s right. We’ll have two potlucks in 2013!


Announcing: Musselman’s Sponsorship + GIVEAWAY!

July 16th, 2012 by The Big Potluck

We are thrilled to announce the MAIN sponsor of Big Summer Potluck 2012, Musselman’s Apple Butter! We’d happily it straight from the jar, but wait until you see the other amazing recipes we’ve developed just for BSP3. We’ll be making everything from appetizers and dips to desserts and sauces. And Musselman’s is kicking off their sponsorship with a fun giveaway for everyone (see below for details on how to enter).

Did you hear that there’s going to be a bluegrass band at Big Summer Potluck pig roast? We have Musselman’s to thank for that! This is going to be one heck of an event.

From our sponsor:

You may know Musselman’s Apple Butter as the popular spread for breakfast breads. But Musselman’s Apple Butter can do so much more – we can’t wait to share it with you at the Big Summer Potluck! We’re pleased to announce that Musselman’s Apple Butter, America’s favorite, is the lead sponsor of this year’s event.

As a recipe ingredient, Musselman’s Apple Butter offers tremendous versatility in baking and cooking – from delicious desserts, to savory side dishes, as an unexpected star in crowd-pleasing dips and more. We can’t wait to hear what the BSP dishes with Musselman’s Apple Butter inspire you to create on your own!

Musselman’s knows our conference attendees are all about personalized recipes and staying organized while juggling a blogger’s life. They’re sending one lucky winner we select a special Musselman’s product gift basket plus a $100 gift card to Erin, where you can order a custom life planner, recipe box, phone case or more. To enter, share a comment below letting us know an exciting, unexpected way you might use Musselman’s Apple Butter in your baking, cooking and entertaining. You can receive a second entry by following Musselman’s on Pinterest. And come ready to learn more in just a couple of weeks!

Giveaway ends Monday, July  23, 2012 at 5:00 PM EST.

You can stay up-to-date on all things Musselman’s by liking the Musselman’s Facebook page or following Musselman’s on Pinterest

What’s a potluck without a lovely new pot to cook with?

We’re super excited to announce that our first-time sponsor Anolon® gourmet cookware is generously offering all BSP3 attendees a gift of one of two meticulously crafted pans from their Nouvelle series!
Your choice:

Anolon Nouvelle Copper Stainless Steel 9.5-inch Covered “Everything Pan”
(retail value: $70.00)


Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard Anodized Twin Pack Set (retail value: $50.00)

How to Order Your Anolon Gift:
Please note that this offer is exclusively for registered BSP3 attendees. All attendees will receive an email with a link to the form to fill out. (In case you don’t see the email in your inbox, check your spam folder! If it’s still not there, please contact us at updates [at] thebigpotluck [dot] com.) Just click on the link in the email, complete the form, and submit by June 18. That’s your deadline to receive one of these two terrific pans gratis from Anolon. Please fill out all information requested, including telephone number (to be used for shipping only). Please provide a street address (cannot deliver to P.O. boxes.) Meyer will ship your Anolon gift by July 1.

Be sure to stop by and see the wider assortment of Anolon Nouvelle Copper Stainless Steel and Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard Anodized on display at the Big Summer Potluck!

From our sponsor:

One of several high quality cookware brands from Vallejo, California-based Meyer Corporation, U.S., the largest cookware company in America, Anolon is meticulously crafted, high performance cookware that can withstand the rigors of everyday cooking.

The Anolon Nouvelle series – distinguished by its beautiful tulip-shaped body, and a hard-working base, which combines a full layer of copper as well as aluminum for optimum heat conductivity – comes in two versions: Anolon Nouvelle Copper Stainless Steel, which has a stainless steel cooking surface and a mirror-polished stainless steel exterior; and the original Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard Anodized, constructed of even heating, hard anodized aluminum – a material that is twice as strong as stainless steel. Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard Anodized has a long-lasting, metal utensil safe nonstick cooking surface that releases all foods easily, and speeds up cleaning.

The elegant and well-proportioned Anolon Nouvelle Copper Stainless Steel “Everything Pan” can be used for myriad dishes prepared on the range or in the oven. Compatible with all ranges, including energy-efficient induction, and oven safe to 500º F, the pan’s low profile shape, side handles, and slightly domed lid in gleaming stainless steel, makes it a go-to pan for bringing meals straight from the kitchen to the table.

Skillets are among the most often used pans in the kitchen, and the practical Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard Anodized Twin Pack Set provides discerning cooks with a pair that will clock in extra time with consistently high marks. The 8-inch and 10-inch skillets are crafted from heavy gauge hard-anodized aluminum with an extra layer of copper at the base to ensure optimum temperature response as well as heat distribution. Compatible with all cooktops, including induction, the skillets are also oven safe to 500º F – perfect for finishing a frittata that will slip out effortlessly when ready to serve.


Announcing: KitchenAid Sponsorship & Giveaway!

February 28th, 2012 by The Big Potluck

We are excited and proud to announce that KitchenAid is a sponsor of Big Summer Potluck 3. We love them, we love their products, and we can’t wait to further familiarize you to their appliances by way of blended cocktails, waffles, and baked goods! To get this party started (and celebrate tickets going on sale), KitchenAid is giving away one of their 7-quart stand mixers in the color of your choosing! Is this a good looking appliance or what?!

This stand mixer comes in Candy Apple Red, Medallion Silver, Black Storm, and White!

To enter, simply tell us your favorite KitchenAid appliance or the appliance you’d most like to have. By the way, have you seen this awesome new appliance? Blend, chop, puree, whisk – all in one. That’s on my wish list.

Giveaway ends Monday, March 5, 2012 at 12 PM EST.

Also, while you’re at it, follow @KitchenAidUSA on Twitter and Like the KitchenAid Facebook page!

Happy Baking!

BSP3 Ticket Update

February 17th, 2012 by The Big Potluck

We wanted to let you all know that tickets for Big Summer Potluck 2012 will go on sale February 28 at 2:00 PM EST. Ticket price this year will be $150.00.

As a reminder, Big Summer Potluck is July 27-29, 2012. The weekend kicks off with dinner on Friday night at the home of Pam Anderson and wraps up with a waffle breakfast on Sunday morning.

Like last year, we have a room block at the Holiday Inn Express in Bethlehem, PA. Room rates are as follows: $114 for Standard Rooms and $129 for Suites. Mention the code BSP. The bus we hire will pick up attendees from this Holiday Inn Express and bring you to and from dinner on Friday night and then to and from the events at Silver Buttons Farm on Saturday.

Nearest airports:
Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) – 10 miles from hotel
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) – 71 miles from hotel

You might also want to visit New York City for a couple days before or after Big Summer Potluck. You can fly into any of the NYC area airport and then either rent a car or carpool with local friends out to Pennsylvania (about 1 hour 40 minutes from Manhattan). There is also the Beiber Bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal to Hellertown, PA which drops you across the street from the hotel.

Many of you are already following us on Twitter (@thebigpotluck) but we recently set up a Facebook page, too. We’d love to connect with you there.

Hope to see you this summer!

Best wishes,
Maggy, Erika, and Pam

Kerrygold Giveaway Winner!

January 10th, 2012 by The Big Potluck

Hey Folks! We loved seeing all the excitement about Big Summer Potluck 3 and also hearing about your deep love for Kerrygold! The winner of the $200 Kerrygold Butter & Cheese Giveaway is…

Shari from Tickled Red!

“I can’t wait to see you guys again!! I really hated missing last years get together. My favorite with lots of cheese and butter would have to be Baked Potato Soup…MmmmMmmm :D

While Shari’s favorite dish with loads of butter and cheese is Baked Potato Soup, many of you said “Mac ‘n Cheese.” Here’s a recipe for Pam Anderson’s (Mom’s!) Shells and Cheese from her book, Perfect One Dish Dinners. So easy, so delicious!


Shells and Cheese for Everyone” from PERFECT ONE-DISH DINNERS by Pam Anderson. Photographs © 2010 by Judd Pilossof. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved

Straight-Ahead Shells and Cheese

Serves 8 to 12

1 pound (16 ounces) pasta shells
1 pound (16 ounces) grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 container (16 ounces) cottage cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 container (16 ounces) sour cream
Ground black pepper
1 cup dry bread crumbs
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons melted butter

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Bring 2 quarts of water and 1 tablespoon of salt to boil in a large soup kettle over high heat. Using package directions as a guide, and stirring frequently at first to keep it from sticking, boil pasta, partially covered, until just tender. Drain.

Meanwhile, mix cheeses and sour cream in a large bowl. Add hot pasta; toss to coat. Adjust seasonings, including pepper. Turn in to a vegetable spray-coated 13- by 9-inch baking dish.

Mix bread crumbs, parsley, and butter. Sprinkle evenly over shells and cheese. Bake until casserole is bubbly and crumbs are golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes. Serve.

Big Summer Potluck 2012!

January 4th, 2012 by The Big Potluck

It’s that time of year again: time to start talking about Big Summer Potluck!

We’re very excited to announce that Big Summer Potluck 3 will take place from July 27-29, 2012 in Bucks County, PA! Like last year, there will be a dinner at the Anderson home on Friday night hosted by Pam Anderson of

Saturday’s event will take place at the incredible Silver Buttons Farm in Carversville, PA. It’s every bit as quaint and charming as Linden Hill Garden (last year’s venue), but with an industrial kitchen and four restrooms. (You’re welcome.)

Silver Buttons Farm, Carversville, PA – photos by Chris Kendig

Can’t you just see us out on this lawn? I can.

We’re even more delighted to announce that our two main speakers will be Joy Wilson of Joy the Baker and Brooke Burton-Lüttmann of Food Woolf.

Joy Wilson (left) is the voice behind the popular blog,  She is a baker, food photographer, writer, and curator of all things sweet. In four short years, has been named one of the 50 Best Food Blogs by The London Times, Eight of the Very Best Food Blogs by Forbes, the Best Baking and Most Humorous Blog by Foodbuzz, and the Best Baking Blog by Saveur. Her first cookbook, the Joy the Baker Cookbook is set for release from Hyperion in February 2012.

Brooke Burton-Lüttmann (right) is a Los Angeles based writer and restaurant professional dedicated to teaching the art of service. Brooke teaches hospitality, leadership skills, and assists businesses to create a clear vision and plan for success. Brooke currently works as a freelance Service Coach and as the general manager of Milo and Olive, a popular Santa Monica bakery and pizzeria. Brooke began her blog, in 2007 and has been nominated for best food writing by Foodbuzz in 2009 and 2011 and has been mentioned in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Guardian UK, and other major online publications.

Saturday night festivities will include a pig roast under the stars, music you can’t help but dance to, and of course, gin!

We know winter has only just started, but summer can’t come soon enough. Tickets will go on sale in February. Because this venue is a bit bigger and because we want to share the Big Summer Potluck love with as many people as we can, we’ll open up 75 spots for BSP3. Last year tickets sold out in under three hours so if you’d like to receive an e-mail to notify you when tickets go on sale, please enter your e-mail address in the form below.

To help tide you over until summer, we have a giveaway from one of our sponsors, Kerrygold! They’re giving away $200 worth of their infinitely superior and wildly popular Irish cheese and butter (including Cashel Blue!) to one very lucky person. To enter, just leave a comment telling us your favorite food that includes lots of butter or cheese! 

Follow @KerrygoldUSA on Twitter and ‘Like’ them on Facebook!

Hope to see you in July! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me:


Or you can also use this handy-dandy QR code to take you to the signup page:

Photos from Big Summer Potluck 2011

January 4th, 2012 by The Big Potluck

If you’d like to see photos from Big Summer Potluck 2011, check out the

Big Summer Potluck 2011 Flickr page!