Q: My office is holding a potluck to celebrate the holiday season. We can bring just about anything — appetizer, main dish, dessert, or drink. As you'd imagine in a big group of people, we have a few dietary restrictions, mainly vegetarian and kosher.
I'd like to bring something that travels well, tastes delicious, and also takes into account the dietary restrictions of my coworkers. What is the best recipe I could bring to the party?
Sent by Leah Yudin
Editor: There's really no best recipe; only one that's considerate and delicious, which means you actually have loads of options. But generally it's dessert that gets you brownie points (no pun intended.) So I'm voting you bring this incredibly easy one-dish chocolate cake. Without trying, it's vegan and pareve — meaning it's made without meat, milk, or any of their derivatives — therefore all of your friends, including those keeping kosher, can enjoy it.
As a bonus, you can make it ahead and transport in the pan you make and bake it in (just slice after cooling); it only needs a dusting of powdered sugar before serving.