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Old 01-04-2005, 01:42 PM   #1
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Friends coming to dinner...??

Paul and I are having friends over for dinner Friday.

Medhi, is one of the best cooks I've ever met.
I on the other hand am still learning ( and I have a lot left to learn)
Can any of you suggest a menu that is
semi-easy but, would impress the pants of him?? It has to be something
his teenage daughter would like too.

Thanks, Trish :D :D

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Old 01-04-2005, 01:53 PM   #2
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PDS, check out this thread:
http://www.discusscooking.com/viewtopic.php?t=7329

Elf's Chicken Lombardi with my balsamic brown butter ravioli would be original, easy, and very tasty!

Good luck!
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Old 01-04-2005, 01:57 PM   #3
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I'll check it out now.

Thank you !!
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Old 01-04-2005, 01:58 PM   #4
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hiya pd's-squeeze :D ,

i just saw a good appetizer the looks great and is ultra easy. quickly blanch in boiling salted water some asparagus, broccoli spears, fennel and onion slices, and strips of red/yellow/green peppers. submerge them in ice water immediately after blanching to stop it from cooking and to retain the color.
after cooling, pat the veggies dry, and wrap a couple of each veggie in thin slices of prosciutto. arrange the various colored veggies on a plate, sprinkle with black pepper, shave some parmesan cheese over top, and drizzle with a little evoo.

it looked so good that i'm going out for proscuitto and veggies this week.
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Old 01-04-2005, 02:33 PM   #5
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pdswife, I would ask the gentleman what his daughter likes, as teenagers can be really butts when it comes to food. Steak or burgers stuffed with gorgonzola, roasted shallot and garlic cloves.
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Old 01-04-2005, 02:55 PM   #6
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pdswife - The Lombardi chicken is SUPER easy to make and is so tender and moist you can't go wrong - if if the teenager doesn't like onions you can leave the spring onions off - and if they are concerned about the Marsala wine just do the teenagers in chicken broth with some salt added for flavor.

I just did a linguini and tossed it with some olive oil, salt, and a little fresh garlic - then I poured some of the broth that the chicken cooked in over it. It was super easy - but the brown butter pasta that PA baker suggested would be absolutely incredible and the teenager should definately like it!!!!!!

I also made this the next day but I didn't have any mushrooms so I sliced some onions and caramilized them in some butter until VERY brown - tossed this with the pasta and sauce from cooking chicken - again - it was great!

I served some rustic country bread with olive oil and balsamic with the salad - the next time I do a salad with this I am going to use GB's Green Cucumber salad - with the addition of Feta and celery - and spoon this over some iceburg for a Greek salad - just make sure you make some extra dressing out of the lemon juice and oregano.

The peas and rosemary were perfect with this dish - the flavors of the two dishes complimented one another perfectly.

If you are truly worried about the teenager just fix a good tasting spaghetti sauce - like Hunt's Traditional - buy some meatballs - throw in the sauce - you already have the pasta made.

Don't compromise your "adult" meal for 1 child.
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Just roast a chicken or two and serve it with mashed potatoes and gravy. Make a Caeser Salad to go with it.
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These are all great ideas!

The veggies wrapped in prosciutto is something I NEED to try.

Thanks to you all!!!!!
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is there nothing that can't be wrapped in prosciutto and made better?
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Proscuitto-Wrapped Asparagus W/Goat Cheese

1 clove garlic
1 TBS chopped chives
3 tsp red-wine vinegar
½ TBS Dijon mustard

Spread piece of prosciutto with goat cheese, then cut in half and wrap 3-5 pieces of blanched asparagus (depending on size) with the ½ piece of prosciutto. Place in a single layer on a plate and pour sauce over proscuitto and serve.
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