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Old 10-11-2006, 02:32 PM   #1
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Special dinners

i would think a thread like this has been started before but we have
many new members and i thought it would be interesting. when you
are wanting to make a special dinner for your family or friends. maybe
sunday dinner? what do you make?

if it was just my hubby and me i would either go for grilled steak, grilled
asparagus, baked potatoe and rolls or the same sides with a prime rib
for the meat.

now if the kids were eating with us it would be turkey, mashed potatoes,
gravy, corn, green beans, rolls. or pasta with meat sauce and garlic toast

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Old 10-11-2006, 02:44 PM   #2
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Seafood lasagne, big salad and homemade bread.
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Old 10-11-2006, 03:01 PM   #3
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a special dinner (that we haven't made in a while, come to think of it) for dw and i would be a freshly made authentic ceaser salad; fried softshell crab or lump crabcake appy; and steamed lobsters with lots of ghee, with a big honkin' hunk o' grilled filet mignon alongside. garlic mashed, and evoo sauteed french string beans.
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Old 10-11-2006, 03:11 PM   #4
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Geez, now mine sounds lame, Buckytom.

Add filet, lobsters, blue crabs and mashed potatos to mine! ...and some fois gras.
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Old 10-11-2006, 03:58 PM   #5
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Thyme Roasted Garlic in Olive Oil Served on Melba Rounds
Portobello Mushroom Soup
Caesar Salad with Baguette Slices
Crespelle alla Fiorentina*
Oreo Cookie Cheesecake
Kona Coffee
Love this meal. The * is thin crepes stuffed with ricotta and spinach, topped in a bechamel and tomato sauce and baked with parmesan cheese. The house smells heavenly when this meal is cooking. Yum!
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Old 10-11-2006, 07:17 PM   #6
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That would depend on who was dining...

For this time of year I would start with a homemade ravioli, stuffed with either chestnuts, pumpkin or squash...served with a vanilla rum/cream sauce with either sage or rosemary garnish.

I'd follow with grilled 'flesh' of some sort, either lamb chops or veal chops. I would serve that with carmelized beets and shallots , and sauce the meat with a demi-glaze.

My next course would be a salad of combined temperatures. On a bed of greens (and here it would depend on what looked best at the market) that had been lightly tossed with pear vinegar and olive oil, I would lay sauteed, warm apple slices, top that with a goat cheese rillete, and garnish with candied pecans.

Dessert would likely be something warm, as well, such as white chocolate bread pudding with a brandy sauce, served with cognac.



I think I know what I'm making for dinner on Saturday night...
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Old 10-11-2006, 07:27 PM   #7
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I think for us... it would be anything that we cook together. Paul's a great cook but he's so busy that we hardly ever get to spend time in the kitchen together anymore. So, even poached eggs in them morning become special if he's in there helping out.
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Old 10-11-2006, 09:05 PM   #8
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as we hit fall and cooler weather I'm thinking the perfect roast chicken...savory stuffing...roasted in the pan bottom along with the birds would be root and bulb veggies...onion garlic fennel carrots parsnips turnips and fingerling potatoes wrapped in bacon, sprigs of fresh thyme basted once with dry white wine, the rest with drippings. pan gravy made with drippings and stock and roux

alongside this bounty needs to be roasted tomatoes and sauteed dark leafy greens with garlic

accompany with whole wheat baggette and fine wines

ok I'm drooling.
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Old 10-11-2006, 10:02 PM   #9
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oh man robo, i'm right there with ya.

now I know what i'm making soon. i crave a roast boid!
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Old 10-11-2006, 10:32 PM   #10
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For a romantic dinner for two:

Pan-fried Foie Gras with sweet balsamic reduction and wilted greens
Beef tenderloin baked in salt crust, served with homemade demi-glace and topped with home-made chicken liver pate slice
Butterflied tiger prawns with garlic, butter, lemon
Truffle Mushroom Risotto
Asparagus gratin
Panna Cotta with caramelized sugar glaze

My mouth is watering now.... This will be my menu for the next special occasion!
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