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Old 10-18-2004, 10:03 PM   #1
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In-laws coming!

I've invited the in-laws for dinner. I'm trying to make a good impression. Of course of been trying to do that for 11 years :)

Anyway, I need some food ideas. Something good but not too exotic. They like things rather plain. I also need a wine that we all can enjoy or can I serve 2 wines..one for me and one for "Mother"?( She's Boone's Farm I'm Robert Mondavi... )

So far, my menu consists of baked lemon chicken, pan roasted new potatoes with rosemary, mixed italian green salad with balsamic, and green beans. Are the green beans to "blah"? For dessert I am trying a lemon tart that was in the New York Times Sunday magazine 2 weeks ago.

Help, help, help!

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Old 10-18-2004, 10:14 PM   #2
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Instead of green beans why not roasted asparagus? Or Brussels sprouts with a shallot, butter, dill, lemon, s & p sauce???
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Forgot to say - I made lemon chicken a couple months ago from a winery cookbook and it called for marinating overnight in 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice, and there were other things too but the lemon juice was #1 - OMG - it was so sour we couldn't eat it! So if your recipe calls for THAT much lemon juice be afraid, be very afraid
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Old 10-18-2004, 10:16 PM   #4
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I think that sounds lovely! Maybe you could also make some homemade yeast rolls. That's always good with every meal!
As for the wine - YUM to the mondavi! Hubby loves the cabernet and I love their whites.
With you already planning the meal, you are sure to impress the people who raised your spouse!
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Old 10-18-2004, 10:38 PM   #5
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Taboo,

If you use Asparagus in place of the green beans, this recipe is always a winner!

Baked Asparagus with Parmesan

1 pound asparagus
1 tablespoon olive oil - divided use
2 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 tablespoons soft white bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 450*F (230*C).
Melted butter

Blanche asparagus spears and shock in ice water. Drain.
Toss asparagus spears in 1 to 2 teaspoon olive oil and arrange in baking pan .
Mix some melted butter into bread crumbs.
Sprinkle asparagus with Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. Drizzle with remaining olive oil.
Bake uncovered until bread crumbs are golden brown.
Makes 4 servings.

P.S. A chef advised me before to try not to repeat the same ingredient or flavor when planning a menu. I notice you have lemon chicken and lemon tart. Just something to think about...
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Old 10-19-2004, 12:46 AM   #6
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if you want to stay with green beans, a little minced garlic and lemon zest added to them, or green beans amandine would be nice.
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Try to find out if they are chicken or beef people...or even seafood. If you can't find that out, then make a couple main dishes with chicken and one with beef. Have a couple side dishes, the asparagus sounds good.. or even dress up green beans, like luvs suggested. Have some great dinner rolls or fresh french/italian bread..and a simple dessert.
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You will never please the Outlaws even if they pretend that they are pleased. I know, I am one.

Hey, Try tossing the beans in butter and throw in a dash of nutmeg. Simple but delicious. Tip from my Dutch mate.

No, don't TRYDO IT!
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Chopstix- I will try the asperagus! I'm trying to remember IF they like asperagus! Brussels sprouts are good only if they are made by their son-in-law( he COOKS you know!).

About the dessert...you are probably right. I make a killer chocolate cake or neopolitan cassata BUT "Mother" finds them too rich. Seasonal fruit? I really do want to try that tart. Hmmmm.
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You will never please the Outlaws even if they pretend that they are pleased. I know, I am one.

Hey, Try tossing the beans in butter and throw in a dash of nutmeg. Simple but delicious. Tip from my Dutch mate.

No, don't TRYDO IT!
waynet, i'm curious. does your friend always insist on each of you paying your own way?
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