A Gift-Wrapping Potluck Menu

We’re all so busy at this time of year that the idea of doing all the cooking when friends come over can seem like too much work. A potluck is the answer, with everyone bringing one simple, guaranteed-to-be-popular dish. We asked recipe developer Michelle Rabin to create a menu and she came up with some delectably fresh takes on four old favourites. Put them together and you’ll have all you need for a casual, uncomplicated feast among friends, sharing the workload as well as the pleasure.

Chunky Roasted Garlic & Tomato Soup

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Cucumber & Apple Wedge Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing

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French Onion Macaroni & Cheese

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Cast-Iron Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bake

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Codorniu Anna Blanc de Blancs Reserva

The great house of Codorníu creates its many styles of cava in the same way as Champagne. Zesty and zippy, Anna blends 70 percent Chardonnay with traditional Catalan varieties, offering citrus and biscuity notes, a creamy texture and a long, classy finish. A fine, dry sparkling wine is delightfully versatile. Start with it as a festive aperitif and carry on into dinner. You’ll be amazed how food-friendly it is!