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Old 12-12-2006, 03:28 PM   #11
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Kyles congratulations on your Engagement but I am sorry that I don't have any answers for you dilemma.
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Old 12-12-2006, 04:25 PM   #12
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OMG - Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let my mind settle down and maybe I can think! You've already gotten good advice.
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Old 12-12-2006, 04:29 PM   #13
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Congratulations and Best Wishes to you..
Lots of good ideas here..go for it !
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Old 12-12-2006, 06:25 PM   #14
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Congrats! If I recall, many a Doiche dish is served up as cold-cuts, room temp cheeses, and fresh breads, pastries and fruits or fruit preserves.

IF a cooked meal is served, pork is always foolproof and needs little embelishment. I like Andy's idea for the roast and sides. Good root veggies are the way to go when the outside is yucky. It just comforts to the bone.

A great boiled dinner would be great as well, with corned beef simmered along with potatoes, rutabeggas, onions, cabbage, and seasoned just right with garlic, salt and pepper. Serve that with a good crusty bread and some butter and you're garunteed to please.

I'm sure they will love anything you prepare, so make it good, but make it simple, something that cooks without a lot of fussing, like in a crock pot, or in the oven. And as you mentioned, the anti pasta tray is always well received.

But most important of all, let your love for you hubby to be shine through for everyone to experience. That's what will make the night special.

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Old 12-12-2006, 07:40 PM   #15
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In my humble opinion, Goodweed is right on, as usual.

This event is about meeting the folks and friends, and welcoming guests, and you have to be there to talk to people and shmooz.

And not be worried about the food.

How in the heck you do this I have no idea.

Agree with all of the posters about appetizer type food, for both parties.

Would think about things like tapas, including a Spanish tortilla that is great served warm, or on one of the occasions a warm frittata, it will work.

And you can cook it, leave it at room temp covered with cling wrap, and serve in slices.

Mix it up, do tapas, antipasta dishes, lovely sliced sausages, you name it.

Anything that can be made before the guests arrive.

Now

Would Google for recipes, could give a few
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Old 12-12-2006, 07:40 PM   #16
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In my humble opinion, Goodweed is right on, as usual.

This event is about meeting the folks and friends, and welcoming guests, and you have to be there to talk to people and shmooz.

And not be worried about the food.

How in the heck you do this I have no idea.

Agree with all of the posters about appetizer type food, for both parties.

Would think about things like tapas, including a Spanish tortilla that is great served warm, or on one of the occasions a warm frittata, it will work.

And you can cook it, leave it at room temp covered with cling wrap, and serve in slices.

Mix it up, do tapas, antipasta dishes, lovely sliced sausages, you name it.

Anything that can be made before the guests arrive.

Now you do

Would Google for recipes, could give a few
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Old 12-12-2006, 07:40 PM   #17
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In my humble opinion, Goodweed is right on, as usual.

This event is about meeting the folks and friends, and welcoming guests, and you have to be there to talk to people and shmooz.

And not be worried about the food.

How in the heck you do this I have no idea.

Agree with all of the posters about appetizer type food, for both parties.

Would think about things like tapas, including a Spanish tortilla that is great served warm, or on one of the occasions a warm frittata, it will work.

And you can cook it, leave it at room temp covered with cling wrap, and serve in slices.

Mix it up, do tapas, antipasta dishes, lovely sliced sausages, you name it.

Anything that can be made before the guests arrive.

Now you do have an oven, so think about preparing one warm dish. Would

Would Google for recipes, could give a few
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Old 12-12-2006, 07:41 PM   #18
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In my humble opinion, Goodweed is right on, as usual.

This event is about meeting the folks and friends, and welcoming guests, and you have to be there to talk to people and shmooz.

And not be worried about the food.

How in the heck you do this I have no idea.

Agree with all of the posters about appetizer type food, for both parties.

Would think about things like tapas, including a Spanish tortilla that is great served warm, or on one of the occasions a warm frittata, it will work.

And you can cook it, leave it at room temp covered with cling wrap, and serve in slices.

Mix it up, do tapas, antipasta dishes, lovely sliced sausages, you name it.

Anything that can be made before the guests arrive.

Now you do have an oven, so think about preparing one warm dish. Would consider a casserole or a ham or something that can be easily served.

And

Would Google for recipes, could give a few
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Old 12-12-2006, 07:57 PM   #19
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In my humble opinion, Goodweed is right on, as usual.

This event is about meeting the folks and friends, and welcoming guests, and you have to be there to talk to people and shmooz.

And not be worried about the food.

How in the heck you do this is tough; I would find it daunting.

Agree with all of the posters about appetizer type food, for both parties.

Would think about things like tapas, including a Spanish tortilla that is great served cold, or a frittata, it will work.

And you can cook it, leave it at room temp covered with cling wrap, and serve in slices.

Mix it up, do tapas, antipasta dishes, lovely sliced sausages, mezze, you name it.

Anything that can be made before the guests arrive.

Now you do have an oven, so think about preparing one warm dish. Would consider a casserole or a ham or something that can be easily served.

And if you have a crock pot, well, can always serve a second warm dish.

And vary the menu between the two parties.

You are limited in your place it seems, but that should not look like an impediment.

Garnishing can be very simple, and make a dish look elegant.

And then there are friends. If you can incorporate one or more into helping you, well, just pay them back with a lunch or dinner at home.

And some flowers or anything you can find to make your home look festive would be great.

Just a few ideas and I know you will do great.
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Old 12-12-2006, 08:31 PM   #20
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LOL, Aunt Dot...do you REALLY think Goodweed is right?
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