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Old 05-07-2012, 07:10 PM   #21
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I love a good pasta salad to go with hamburgers/ hotdogs. I don't think a diet will matter. Most people on diets either break it for a party, eat beforehand or "make do" with what they are served (i.e making a salad from the fixings or foregoing the bread) If you are trying to make it special your list of 'fixings" is good, I would be pleased to find all of the different options I could do with my burger/ hotdog to dress it up! I also would be just as happy with what I consider "normal" toppings which include ketchup, mayo, mustard, tomatoes, lettuce, slaw, chili, and onions.
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:25 PM   #22
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I would agree with Uncle Bob's recs. Grilled pineapple for dessert might be good.
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:51 PM   #23
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It would be nice if they had some consideration to at least R.S.V.P. 30-70? That's a lot of work, time and expense for you. Don't take it personally. That's just a pet peeve of mine. Nothing is worse than not knowing. It's rude!

I'd say if your on a diet bring your own. Especially if your one that just shows up at the last minute. That will learn em'. Keep it simple as possible.

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Old 05-07-2012, 08:08 PM   #24
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Thank you everybody.

I am not concern about desert or drinks that will be taken care of. My wife makes excellent deserts. And drinks are simple.
As far as amount of stuff we want to have, I know it is too much, but this is not just a simple picnic or even simple birthday. It is Bat Mitzvah, the most important birthday for a girl. We would like to make it really nice, make it different, really special, without doing crazy things like renting a hole with a caterer, band, etc. Thank G-d my daughter understands that we are not made of money and specifically came and told us that she just wants simple BBQ. Sides are not that expensive and we can cut everything up ourselves.
We got the idea from Fuddruckers, they have tons of sides, looks really cool.

The only question is Salads. And Also should I make French fries or just have bunch of different chips?
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:01 PM   #25
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:03 PM   #26
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Thank you everybody.

I am not concern about desert or drinks that will be taken care of. My wife makes excellent deserts. And drinks are simple.
As far as amount of stuff we want to have, I know it is too much, but this is not just a simple picnic or even simple birthday. It is Bat Mitzvah, the most important birthday for a girl. We would like to make it really nice, make it different, really special, without doing crazy things like renting a hole with a caterer, band, etc. Thank G-d my daughter understands that we are not made of money and specifically came and told us that she just wants simple BBQ. Sides are not that expensive and we can cut everything up ourselves.
We got the idea from Fuddruckers, they have tons of sides, looks really cool.

The only question is Salads. And Also should I make French fries or just have bunch of different chips?
Voting no to the fries!
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:07 PM   #27
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There are so many great chip varieties!
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:37 PM   #28
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Got it. You want this to be a really fancy BBQ.

For salads, how about: A nice mixed fruit salad, watermelon, honeydew, pineapple, grapes, etc., maybe with a honey lime ginger dressing. Ooh! In a pretty hollowed out watermelon basket! That yummy ramen salad with bok choy and lotsa sesame seeds and toasted almonds. Carrot coleslaw with raisins. Cranberry apple salad.
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:44 AM   #29
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Congratulations to your daughter Charlie. She sounds like a lovely and sensible child to be proud of.

Marcaroni or potato salad would be a good side. The macaroni would be less expensive and less work. You already have all the ingredients. Just one word of advice. If you make something that has onion mixed in, dice the onion really small. It is needed for the flavor, but a lot of folks don't care for raw onion. Diced really small, they don't even know it is in there. Just don't use too much. A little goes a long way. Enjoy the day.
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String bean salad, chick pea salad.
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