Have you ever been to a potluck? Here’s how it works: a potluck is a festive gathering, held someplace like a park, someone’s yard, or church hall, and everyone brings a dish to pass. Imagine a colorful spread of homemade dishes made from farm fresh ingredients, creating surprising, delicious combinations. It’s casual, old-fashioned, and definitely frugal.

Here at Mom’s Potluck, I hope we can share meals and ideas that are Sustainable, Frugal, and Practical, such as:

  • Meal ideas featuring simple, wholesome food made from real ingredients
  • Ways to find and prepare moderately priced grass-fed, humanely raised beef, pork, and chicken
  • Ideas using fruits and vegetables grown locally without pesticides
  • Thrifty tips and tricks that reduce waste or reuse items
  • Practical ways to eat sustainable, organic, local, and ethical on a budget
  • Creative, inexpensive ways to furnish your home or take care of your family
  • Non-toxic cleaners made from common ingredients you can find in your home
  • Whatever else is of interest – hey, it’s a potluck! You never know what you’ll find!

About me
My name is Karla Wotruba. I’m a married mom of two young children, and we live in Appleton, a small town in Northeastern Wisconsin. I’m also a freelance writer, and I’ve previously covered topics like healthy food and family nutrition.

I’ve always been interested in food and environmental issues, but after reading books such as Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Jane Goodall’s Harvest for Hope, I felt compelled to research food issues and change how I thought about food. I’ve tried to prepare sustainable food on a budget without sacrificing a lot of time. I thought I would share what’s worked for me and my family, and I hope I can learn from you as well. Please share your thoughts, but be respectful. A potluck may be casual, but you should still use your manners.

Again, welcome to Mom’s Potluck! Bring a dish, find a seat, and enjoy!