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Old 06-25-2009, 07:19 AM   #1
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Hello everyone!
I am new to this site, so if I am posting on the wrong forum, please direct me elsewhere!
I work as a cook in a private residence. My 'new family' is so easy going that they rarely request a particular dish. They let me choose the menu. I am so lucky! Once in a while, my brain freezes and I can't think up anything interesting. Or maybe I can, but I just can't decide what to choose. Which brings me to tonights meal. I am making fish...most likely a stuffed flounder. The stuffing won't have a bread base, but more likely a crab or vegetable base. My question is...what to serve as a side? I am starting with a seafood gazpacho (shrimp), and roasted asparagus. So, what's the side? I think I've been making too many pilafs lately. Any suggestions would really be appreciated.
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Old 06-25-2009, 08:20 AM   #2
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Hello everyone!
I am new to this site, so if I am posting on the wrong forum, please direct me elsewhere!
I work as a cook in a private residence. My 'new family' is so easy going that they rarely request a particular dish. They let me choose the menu. I am so lucky! Once in a while, my brain freezes and I can't think up anything interesting. Or maybe I can, but I just can't decide what to choose. Which brings me to tonights meal. I am making fish...most likely a stuffed flounder. The stuffing won't have a bread base, but more likely a crab or vegetable base. My question is...what to serve as a side? I am starting with a seafood gazpacho (shrimp), and roasted asparagus. So, what's the side? I think I've been making too many pilafs lately. Any suggestions would really be appreciated.
Chrissy
Hi Chrissy -

Since this relates to your job, I was thinking that instead if giving individual suggestions, that you might be better served by using some information from the following sites:

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Old 06-25-2009, 10:09 AM   #3
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Sounds like you need a starch. Polenta might be nice. Yorkshire pudding with butter as the fat? Potatoes Anna?
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Sometimes I love the simplicity of steamed baby red potatoes (the REALLY small ones). Toss with some butter, garlic, and fresh parsley/other herb or a bit of olive oil, garlic, and herb of your choice...rosemary would be good too.

Israeli couscous makes a nice side too. Cook in chicken or beef broth, whatever suits your meal, saute some onions, garlic, and toss together.
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Old 06-25-2009, 11:02 AM   #5
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I second the new potatoes idea.

When I was a little girl, we used to go to a restaurant that had the best new potatoes...I guess they were steamed first, but then they were evidently browned in butter over high heat, as they were brown and crispy on a couple of sides.
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All of these seem to be great possibilites for you (potatoes, couscous etc). How about a warm tuxedo orzo dish?
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Old 06-25-2009, 01:58 PM   #7
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what 'bout angelhair pesto?
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Luvs,
Angelhair and Pesto is definately a fun meal.
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Angelhair and Pesto is definately a fun meal.

well, thanks! i appreciate that!
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Old 06-25-2009, 09:04 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone for the ideas. I liked the new potatoes suggestion, but I couldnt find any small ones at the store. I thought couscous was a great idea too, except i made that on Tuesday! I went with the angelhair pasta...it went over great. Thanks for the help!
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