Today is my first day writing for SDTC, and I couldn’t be more excited! For food and I it was love at first bite and now I get to share some of that passion with all you oh-so-lovely readers.  

To kick things off, one of my favourite things: potlucks!  Potlucks are a simple and inexpensive way to get friends together. Many find entertaining daunting, but it doesn’t need to be. The easiest way to plan for success is to pick a theme to give guests help dreaming up what delicious treat they should bring. For instance, last week we had a Mexican themed potluck and dishes included: guacamole, cheesy baked burritos and a steady stream of Raspberry Mint Mojitos. Really the only thing missing was a mariachi trio and piñata! 

Here are some of my favourite Mexican themed potluck dishes, click on the hyperlinks for the mouth-watering recipes: 

Cheesy Baked Burritos

If you really want to let your hair down at a potluck, pick a signature drink and ask each guest to bring an ingredient! This minty cool cocktail is definitely a favourite with my guests. 

Raspberry Mint Mojitos 
Makes 8 
1 – pints raspberries
2 limes, cut into 8 wedges each
16 oz white rum
8 tbsp granulated sugar
2L club soda
Fresh Mint, enough for about 4-5 leaves per glass

1. In the bottom of each glass add 4-6 raspberries, 4 lime wedges, mint and 1 tbsp of sugar. Muddle (or crush) using a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon.
2. Top up each glass with 2oz rum, club soda and ice and stir until combined. Enjoy!

Now, try your own potluck with friends and stay tuned for more foodie tips, tricks and love from The Hot Plate.

Happy Cooking! XO
~ Amanda Garbutt