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Old 09-30-2005, 12:35 PM   #1
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What to do when at a loss for entertaining ideas?

Ok ya'll, i was just told this Sunday my wife's grandma, grandpa, aunts, and uncles had pretty much invited themselves over, which i'm fine with because that just means they want/need to see everybody together and make sure were all ok.

Here's the thing though.....last time i did Italian (which they are ALL Italian and razzed me for being a Polock that can cook 'their' food ) and the time's before i did Polish, Irish, Russian, Greek, Thai, Japanese, Caribbean, and Southern food, but i just don't know what to do now (had a busy & sick week).

Things they DON'T like though is curry (i wanted to make an Indian spread) as well as a lot of Mid-Eastern foods which are the two other styles i'm fluent in.

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Old 09-30-2005, 12:43 PM   #2
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Mexican??
Or good ole American with steak or ribs?
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Old 09-30-2005, 12:45 PM   #3
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How about an old fashioned counry like dinner... roasted or fried chicken, mashed potaotes, gravy, a good green salad, warm fresh bread and an apple pie with home made vanilla ice cream for dessert? Not fancy just "feel good" food.
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Old 09-30-2005, 12:52 PM   #4
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French? Beef Burgandy Coq Au Vin are both easy to make and good.

Or, like pds suggests, what about a simple roast chicken?
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Old 09-30-2005, 01:01 PM   #5
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I agree on the Mexican or down-home country food!! You could set up a make your own tostada or taco bar; make some enchiladas (to make it easy, an enchilada casserole takes less time to make) and serve Spanish rice and refritos. On the country side, there aren't many that do not like fried chicken!!
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Old 09-30-2005, 02:01 PM   #6
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That's perfect!!!!!!

I will go with a Mexican 'and' a Southern/southwestern Bobby Flay esque style. Then go with a french style crepe for dessert!

It's great to come here when your feeling a little frazzled and get excellent help!

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Old 09-30-2005, 02:35 PM   #7
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they invite themselves over because you CAN and DO cook for them and they LIKE your cooking! have fun
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Old 09-30-2005, 03:07 PM   #8
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they invite themselves over because you CAN and DO cook for them and they LIKE your cooking! have fun
I do know that BUT........When you get about 20 Italian women together and YOU are the only Polish guy there (and Is the one that is cooking), you have to crack open the wine out early to soften the blow! They 'pleasantly' razz me all day, and no matter what is served, i get kissed, pinched, or smacked because they like it and i don't give up my secrets of cooking!
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Old 09-30-2005, 03:39 PM   #9
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Pannini sandwich bar. Get all the bread, meats, cheeses, etc into a buffet style bar and have them put what they want on their sandwich. Then fire up the grill and wash/cover a brick. If you can't fit all the sandwhiches in one pass, put the ones you've arleady done in the oven to keep warm.


I love doing any sort of "bar" at home. My son loves my Saturday/Sunday only oatmeal bar. He special requests an oatmeal bar, "you know, not the ones in a wrapper" is how he states it.
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Old 09-30-2005, 03:47 PM   #10
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Hi BBQ Fish, how about Cuban?

Picadillo (no one does not like picadillo but it must have olives and raisins), black beans and rice (moros y crisitanos), ropa vieja (stringed beef), shrimp in tomato sauce, the choices are many. Just Google Cuban recipes. And you can always end with flan or bread pudding. And of course coffee. Most of the dishes are not complicated and great for a get together.
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