A Pot Luck Where Diversity Was the Star of the Plate


I took one look at my dinner and I knew: This was Small Bites on a plate.

Recently, the Small Bites food bloggers and I gathered for a pot luck meal — and boy was it ever: Chicken Tikka Masala, Pulled Pork, Flatbreads, Ceviche, Empanadas, and yes, even a vegan dish.

The different styles of food on the buffet table reflected the growing diversity of voices found on Small Bites, the food blog on LoHud.com. The ceviche came from Arlen Gargagliano, our Latin Twist blogger. “Seasonal Chef” blogger Maria Reina served a Chickpea Flatbread topped with Red Chard Pesto and Roasted Butternut Squash. Margaret Rizzuto, the photographer who posted “Scenes from Our Farms” this summer, brought a celery salad. Rinku Bhattacharya, who writes “Spices and Seasons,” brought the Chicken Tikka Masala. And Patrice Costa, who writes “Behind the Kitchen Door,” brought Pulled Pork with Polenta, the recipe for which came from a local chef.

The food was of course delicious (you had to ask?), and the evening a blast. By the end of the meal (which of course everyone photographed), we all had our computers out, blogging away. Find the menu and the recipes — along with photos from the evening — in the posts below.

Salmon Ceviche and Guacamole.
Pulled Pork and Creamy Polenta
Chicken Tikka Masala and Masala Mushrooms
Raw Fruit Tart

Maria Reina’s flatbread recipe will be available in her Seasonal Chef post next week.

A link to the photo gallery is here:Small Bites bloggers gather for a pot luck supper.


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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