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Old 05-03-2007, 04:53 PM   #11
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Would you please share your recipe for the ramen slaw? I'd like to have something like that as a backup.
Ramen Slaw

1 pkg. uncooked Ramen chicken flavor noodles(crumbled)

1/2 head cabbage
1 bunch of chinese cabbage (or Napa cabbage)
***I use 2 bags of precut slaw mix instead of the two different cabbages

1 small bunch green onions

1pkg. sliced almonds
1 sm. pkg of sunflower seeds ****I use a couple of handfuls of the almonds and sunflower seeds until I like the amount
1 TBl sesame seeds

2TBL vinegar
1/2 cup oil
4 TBL sugar
1 pkg seasoning from Ramen noodle pkg.

Mix all together. Pour dressing over just before serving.

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Old 05-03-2007, 08:27 PM   #12
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One thing I think you can eliminate is the potato casserole and just go with a really good potato salad it will go great with everything else.
If you do chicken wings instead of fried you could also use the little drummetes(more meat) I would do at least pounds 20 pounds they are a popular item and dissapear quick you can do the celery and carrot sticks with them and the blue cheese dressing.
I have made up to 10 pounds of chicken wings for girl parties of 20-25 and they are gone in no time.
Another thing you can do is serve chips and dip before the meal to fill them up a bit before they hit the buffet it will slow down their appetites a bit.

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Old 05-04-2007, 03:02 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by PytnPlace
I don't know, IMO I would keep the veggie tray. The veggies trays don't exactly disappear (except for the carrots!) but they are always appreciated by those watching their waistline. I always have a veggie tray - just not a huge one and I cut extra carrots to replenish as they dissappear.

I do agree that not as many come to Graduation parties as the kids expect, at least that has been my experience.
Actually one dish that I had recently (as a middle eastern favorite of all things) was simply sliced apples with honey to dip in. I thought it was kind of a healthy alternative kind of thing, but the kids were all over it. Anyway, I thought I'd throw that suggestion out there.

I liked the Buffalo Wings suggestion made earlier except that if this graduation party is anything like my sons', then you want to do everything you can to discourage sticky spicy-sauce covered fingers.

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Old 06-03-2007, 06:31 AM   #14
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There will be bowls of chips. I forgot to mention that before.

Do you think I should have a "hot" vegetable? I wasn't planning on it since I have the veggie trays but now I'm wondering if I should have one......

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Old 06-03-2007, 08:15 AM   #15
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Oh nip that idea in the bud!! You are perfectly fine with the veggie tray. People are coming and going and nibbling on the way. Your menu is great - don't need to add a thing. Enjoy!!!

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