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Old 12-20-2012, 08:46 PM   #11
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So many great ideas! You are all wonderful. I really like the soup idea, and I want it to feel like a meal for her even without the pizza. I like the idea of staying with the Italian theme too.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:02 PM   #12
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Sorry! I had to run out. Is it dairy in general that needs to be avoided? I'd do a potato bacon corn chowder if not. If you need to avoid dairy in general I'd do a beef barley veggie to go with, and have buns on the side. Need a recipe?
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:04 PM   #13
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Maybe chicken corn chowder?
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:20 PM   #14
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All wonderful ideas. I think I will go with the soup with sausage in it from Olive Garden this time, but there will be other times for the other ideas as well. So many soups have tomatoes or tomato sauce, so that was a tough one for me. I am a bit nervous that I will be making something for company that I have not tried out, but I really like the recipe. I wonder if it will keep in the crock pot after I make it......
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:37 PM   #15
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The Zuppa Toscano soup will hold beautifully in a crock pot, Chopper. Personally, I'd line up mugs with spoons on the side and have everyone go at it with a soup ladle.

Enjoy your friends, they are there to enjoy you and the season.
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:34 PM   #16
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The Zuppa Toscano soup will hold beautifully in a crock pot, Chopper. Personally, I'd line up mugs with spoons on the side and have everyone go at it with a soup ladle.

Enjoy your friends, they are there to enjoy you and the season.
Will do! Thanks again.
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Old 12-23-2012, 02:16 AM   #17
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Oh my gosh the soup turned out great! It was a hit with everyone, and we had more friends over tonight for lasagna, and I warmed up the soup that was left, and served it to them. The soup was a big hit again! I used the little gold potatoes instead of russets. I had never made anything with kale before, but will make this again.
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Old 12-23-2012, 12:40 PM   #18
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Glad you like that soup too, and it was a hit Chopper! Nice job, and thanks for the feedback.

p.s. I've also made it with cannellini beans instead of potatoes....also delicious.
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Old 12-23-2012, 01:18 PM   #19
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Another soup that isn't tomato-based would be Italian Wedding Soup. I use kale instead of the escarole when I make that. It is quite easy to make. I use a recipe from one of my Italian cookbooks, but there are tons of recipes for this on the Internet.
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Old 12-23-2012, 03:12 PM   #20
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I'm thinking pulled pork in a chafing dish, with honey-mustard sauce, Sweet Baby Ray's, or whatever you favorite is, and a good slaw. That way, people can put what they want on their sandwiches. Season the pork with a little salt, a chopped onion (while it's cooking), and salt & Pepper. Good buns, not full sized burger buns or Kaiser rolls, but dinner roll size, allows your guest to almost graze, and make their sandwiches petite. That way, it's not about the meal. It's about the activity. Annie veggie trays are then available to graze on as well. Keep drinks simple.

The pulled pork isn't the stuff that's Q'd for hours, but rather, a Boston Butt cooked all night in a slow cooker, with a touch of liquid smoke for flavor.

Easy, inexpensive, yummy, and fills the tummy.

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