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Old 02-28-2011, 03:21 AM   #1
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Menu for a three course celebration dinner

In 3 weeks 6 days 20 hrs and 15 mins I will be celebrating the end of my diet. My fragrant wife has promised me that if I can hit my target weight I can cook one slap up meal before I go on a 2000 cal daily intake regime (I would have settled for sex, but hey ho you cant have everything) so I would really like traditional regional home cooking recipes for my three course meal.

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Old 02-28-2011, 01:46 PM   #2
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Bolas, what region? What country? Lol!

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Old 02-28-2011, 01:49 PM   #3
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In 3 weeks 6 days 20 hrs and 15 mins I will be celebrating the end of my diet. My fragrant wife has promised me that if I can hit my target weight I can cook one slap up meal before I go on a 2000 cal daily intake regime (I would have settled for sex, but hey ho you cant have everything) so I would really like traditional regional home cooking recipes for my three course meal.
And....I'm sorry, but i just have to ask.......your "fragrant wife" ? Lol!

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Old 02-28-2011, 03:30 PM   #4
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So you want to celebrate in the American South. Good choice; we do food well. Let's go "traditional", since you asked for regional favorites.
We'll start with marinated Apalachicola Bay oysters; they're small, so six per person won't spoil your appetite. Shuck the oysters, and put them and their liquor in a shallow pan and heating gently just until the edges curl. Lift the oysters out of the liquid and arrange in a single layer in a glass pie pan. Top the oysters with 1 onion and 1 lemon, thinly sliced; sprinkle some fresh parsley over the onion and lemon; grind a little black pepper on top. Add some vinegar, bay leaves and pickling spice to the oyster liquor and bring to a boil. Cool, strain and pour over the oysters. Cover tightly and refrigerate at least over night and for up to 2 days. Serve on plates or shells, with a fork.

I don't usually think seafood and cheese, but wouldn't want you to miss either our cheese straws or the glazed pecans, so I 'll put a couple of dishes of those on the table to occupy you while I look at the biscuits.
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Old 02-28-2011, 03:42 PM   #5
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It's probably a good think this is an "occasion" meal, because if you eat like this more than occasionally, you have to do a lot of farm work to stay as svelte as you are now. Our main course will be: fried chicken; biscuits, with butter, molasses, pear preserves, and apple butter;the last of the turnip greens, cooked with jowl (I like it better than hocks for greens - hocks mean beans to me); corn pudding; the first of the garden peas, cooked on limestone leaf lettuce; deviled eggs; cucumber salad, also known as dressed cucumbers around here. Lots of folks would serve mashed potatoes and I sure don't mind making them; if you would like them, I'll make a chicken cream gravy for them, but then you's have to have another biscuit to sample biscuits and gravy. Your choice, but wouldn't want you to miss out on dessert.
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Old 02-28-2011, 03:48 PM   #6
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Now dessert has a lot of possibilities. My first thought, because of the season, would be strawberry shortcake, but I make mine with a true short cake, with is a very rich biscuit. You just had biscuits and may not want a repeat. Banana pudding is always good and very Southern, but not terribly impressive. I do still have a couple of quarts of blackberries in the freezer from last Summer; I could do a cobbler or mountain pie with those and serve whipped cream with them. I have a source for "lightly pasteurized" cream and the taste difference is phenomenal. My choice would be wither a towering, fresh coconut cake or my grandmother-in-law's amazing fudge pie.

You pick, you're the guest!
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Old 03-02-2011, 01:09 AM   #7
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Bolas, what region? What country? Lol!

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I was thinking all the regions in North America, SB I am a true romantic I married on Valentines Day and my wife to me is more beautiful than any of the fragrant roses I have given her

NoraC thanks, I have 5 wks to go before I get near my previous svelteness, my much younger wife has only put on 2lbs in 11 years and I do feel guilty, I dont think I will get back to what I looked like when I was 49 yrs but I will give it a good bash.
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Old 03-02-2011, 02:11 AM   #8
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SB I am a true romantic I married on Valentines Day and my wife to me is more beautiful than any of the fragrant roses I have given her.
Bolas you are a "true romantic" what a lovely thought, to be known as someone's "fragrant wife". Your wife must be very lucky indeed! Thanks fir sharing, and now I am going to think of a menu for you from my part of the world!

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Thank you but I am the lucky one, it took me a lot of goes to find someone I loved and for that person to reciprocate is my raison d'etre.
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The meal will last longer and you won't be sweaty after.


If you were in my area I would suggest.


Antipasta platter with roasted garlic/veggies/olives/cheese and maybe a few deep fried zuccini blossoms if you can find them.

Cioppino with some sourdough bread for sloppin' it up.

A canoli or a slice of one of your cakes for dessert
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