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Old 09-30-2005, 11:19 AM   #1
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We have a very special friend who is getting ready to move away soon. He is a gourmet cook, and before his wife passed, the four of us used to get together in the kitchen quite often.
Sunday, he's coming over and he, my husband and I are going to spend the day cooking. (a few beers will undoubtedly be consumed as well.)
He is bringing chicken breasts, and I have shrimp in the freezer. I'll be going to the store tomorrow, so ingredients are no problem.
I'm looking for menu suggestions from you all...perhaps some sort of theme. I want this meal to be VERY special!

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Old 09-30-2005, 11:35 AM   #2
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Ethnic? Continental?

Do you know what other foods he really enjoys that could be made part of the menu?
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Old 09-30-2005, 11:40 AM   #3
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I'm doing chicken marsala Saturday night so that comes to mind.

Continuing in the traditional vein, shrimp in a garlic and butter sauce for apps.
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Old 09-30-2005, 12:15 PM   #4
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Is it cliche to go for a autumn-ish theme now that fall has rolled around? You could gather fresh leaves and create a centre piece on your table, perhaps some tealights too in little bowls here and there. The shrimp might be nice in a soup such as cream of parsnip or carrot and ginger.
You could make a spice cake or something with pumpkin or apples for dessert.

I wish you luck with your meal!
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Old 09-30-2005, 01:42 PM   #5
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Chicken Lombardi

I usually serve this with some pasta with the remaining juices - you could always just add your shrimp at the end and have your shrimp in the pasta.

I love to grill (or bake) baguette slices until crisp and slather with goat cheese then top with homemade pesto and slivers of freshly roasted red, yellow, and orange peppers as an appetizer. For a large gathering one time I just combined all of these things in a food processor for people to slather on the baguette so they wouldn't have to "construct" each one.

But it sounds like you could have absolutely anything as the focus is going to be on your wonderful friendship.

You could do a court boullion fondu style dinner - have the broth one to cook your shrimp and chicken in also to cook some sliced mushrooms, sliced zucchini, sliced onion, etc. - have a cheesey one to dip your veggies/bread in - and then a chocolate one for dessert. You just sit around and talk and chat and eat at your own pace and everything stays hot at the same time.

One thing I do love making with a group of people is summer/spring rolls. The ones using rice paper, I use shrimp, cilantro, lime, peppers, carrots, cucumber (all julienned in long pieces), rice stick noodles and make a sauce with fish sauce and rice vinegar, garlic chili paste or chili flakes and another one with fish sauce, rice vinegar, lime juice, soy sauce, and peanut butter. These would make great appetizers.
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Old 09-30-2005, 02:21 PM   #6
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Great Ideas!

Shrimp risotto?
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Old 09-30-2005, 02:29 PM   #7
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there is also crabmeat-stuffed shrimp as an option.
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Old 09-30-2005, 02:50 PM   #8
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An option: Go totally opposite from gourmet. What are his to favorite junk/snack/hang out foods. Prepare foods that go great with beer.

I think that if he knows how to cook really well, and is a gourmet cook, he eats good food often, maybe he doesn't often eat "junk" food. Sometimes that can be a real treat.
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Old 09-30-2005, 06:02 PM   #9
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You all have given me some things to think about. John likes all sorts of cuisines. He and his wife traveled extensively, and dined in a lot of fine restaurants, so perhaps something relatively simple would be best.
I do know I'm going to make an apple crisp, as that is one of his fave desserts. I'll pick up some good rich French Vanilla ice cream to go with.
The Chicken Lombardi sounds delicious. I had thought about doing an Alfredo, but it's so rich and filling, and we'll be nibbling all day.
So does the crab-stuffed shrimp...I have a great recipe from Joe's Crab Shack. I have enough shrimp to do more than one way.
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Old 10-01-2005, 08:22 AM   #10
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hmmm, chicken and shrimp on hand? go get some sausage and make jambalaya. goes great with beer.
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