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Old 10-17-2007, 10:13 AM   #11
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Why don't you look at doing a crackers/cheese/sausage/smoked oysters kind of plate and then having a fruit plate for dessert. No cooking involved, but someone will have to cut the sausage and cheese.

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Old 10-17-2007, 10:18 AM   #12
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Good idea. I definitely have someoptions now! Thanks guys and keep 'em coming!

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Old 10-17-2007, 10:40 AM   #13
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How about start cooking on Friday and take Saturday off.
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Old 10-17-2007, 10:56 AM   #14
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Why don't you look at doing a crackers/cheese/sausage/smoked oysters kind of plate and then having a fruit plate for dessert. No cooking involved, but someone will have to cut the sausage and cheese.
That's what I do once in awhile when I don't feel like cooking, but still want quality food..I just go to the grocery store and put together a sort of antipasto dish.

I usually have smoked sausage (chorizo), good cheese, olives, etc....and then a nice hunk of bread to tie it all together.

Add a little bowl of good olive oil to dip, and you're set!
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Old 10-17-2007, 05:07 PM   #15
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Some foods like soup, stew, chili, tomato based meat sauces, etc. are actually better the next day ... so they are not really leftovers - they are aged and improved! Casseroles and things like lasagna and moussaka are other good candidate for fix ahead.

But, going out on Friday night is more than just about the meal ... I can't help with your waistline but this might help your wallet - look for restaurants that have 2 for 1 specials or other discounted promotions. I don't know about where you live but I get several coupons in the mail every week that offer a buy one meal at regular price and get a second for equal or lesser value for free.
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Old 10-17-2007, 05:18 PM   #16
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I posted to this earlier but apparently "something" happened. My suggestion was: cheese, meats, easy appetizers (wings, marinated, buffalo, etc. - they are easy to do and fairly inexpensive), fruits, breads, (the olive oil/olives mentioned above), etc. But make it a picnic. Toss a blanket on the living room floor, music (or make it a picnic/movie night), candles, etc. Finger foods only!!!!! Even a salad can be made and then wrapped burrito style in a piece of green-leaf lettuce. It doesn't matter if it's messy - it's just fun!

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Old 10-17-2007, 06:57 PM   #17
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How about a compromise? Make a crock-pot meal, which requires minimal preparation and, then, go out for dessert. Doesn't have to be too expensive or fussy. You could feel like a child and go to an ice cream store and have a double-dip ice cream cone and share (romantically).
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Old 10-17-2007, 08:17 PM   #18
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We have subs just about every Friday night. In my area, there's a great shop (not chains, but individually owned shops) on every corner.

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Old 10-17-2007, 08:27 PM   #19
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Got a deep fryer, even a cheap one?

Fridays are PERFECT for deep fried wings with onion rings, fries, even fried mushrooms, or mini-egg-rolls. Make Friday your deep fry night. Cheaper….not necessarily healthier, but still fun!

Perfect wings are deep fried for 15 to 20 minutes, set aside to cool, then covered in sauce and bake for 5 minutes to set the sauce and make it sticky. Serve while the movie is playing!

And the fun doesn’t stop there….deep fried cheese, jalapeños, pizza bites, shrimp. Etc, etc, etc. Deep frying is FAST, easy, and tasty. Marinate your wings on Thursday for deep drying on Friday night!
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Old 10-17-2007, 08:40 PM   #20
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Hou about doing some fun cooking on fridays.

Maybe hit the web for, oh Middle Eastern recipes and make some hummus and falafel. Some tahini sauce and pita and you have an easy and fun meal.

Then another Friday make an Asian dish or two. There are so many cuisines and dishes, many of which are quite inexpensive.

A Mexican night, Polish (love bigos or pierogies), British cottage pies, or bangers and mash, the menus are as endless as the imagination. And all the recipes are available on the web.

Just an idea.

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