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COOKINGKRIS1 is looking for: (6 recommendations)
I have a budget of $350 and a Costco membership to put on a luncheon for about 70 volunteers. We usually do potluck salads. Recipe ideas? Thank you in advance!

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Last updated: May 7, 2013 6:26 pm
Posted: May 7, 2013 3:55 pm
Commented by: Becky Lemont
May 7, 2013 4:24 pm
Love the cakes at Cosco! Ask if they will be having a seafood sale soon or other type of sale. Eggs are cheap now and quiches/egg pies are easy, yummy and freeze well
May 7, 2013 4:30 pm
i don't know about the costco where you live, but do they make lunchmeat platters? sandwich platters?
May 7, 2013 5:11 pm
I've done just this kind of thing several times; I usually have 3 salads (if the budget allows, a protein like chicken salad; one fruit; and one pasta or a green salad) along with a nice roll. Some of my favorite recipes are from this site. This makes a really nice luncheon. 1. Cranberry Pecan Salad (

2. A little more work but absolutely outstanding:

3. Filling and great on a plate with other salads:

4. Another pasta and incredibly popular:

4.Different and delicious:

Another idea if your guests are open to something just a little different (and yet it's very easy to prepare w/ Costco chicken!), is curry chicken with lots of different toppings. Delish! A terrific and easy dessert is Texas sheet cake, perhaps with a few strawberries or a scoop of ice cream. Personally I love to really treat volunteers as the special people they are, and fixing a mostly homemade meal is special in these days of Costco treats. Good luck!
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Recommended by: Linda (LMT)
May 7, 2013 4:34 pm
keep warm in slowcookers or in those trays with sterno.
Cindy in Pensacola
May 7, 2013 4:57 pm
This is excellent. My favorite sloppy joe recipe on earth!
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Living In: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
A vintage recipe for coleslaw handed down through the family is similar to the one from that famous chain of chicken restaurants. Mayonnaise and buttermilk make the dressing creamy and tangy. 
Recommended by: Linda (LMT)
May 7, 2013 4:35 pm
serve with Coleslaw and Chips.
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Recommended by: Linda (LMT)
May 7, 2013 4:37 pm
for dessert.
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This is a great dish for pot-lucks. It's easy, and can be made in advance. Add dressing just before serving. 
Recommended by: DebbyJean
May 7, 2013 4:39 pm
How about a Taco Salad?
May 7, 2013 5:14 pm
Can you tell this is the first time I've posted to this part of the site?! NOW I see how I should have done this - so hope you can figure out that squished paragraph!
May 7, 2013 6:26 pm
LOL suz. No problem. We have all been first timers. And yes, we can figure out your squished paragraph. Welcome to the Buzz.
Commented by: Bao Le
May 7, 2013 5:26 pm
Try a savory bread pudding. Not a dessert bread pudding. Maybe something with cheddar and apples and sausage? I don't have any recipe suggestions, but you could google it. It's nice b/c you can serve warm or cold. With a salad, and or soup, a dessert, you should come well under budget.
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