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Old 06-04-2011, 12:27 PM   #1
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Need help in thinking of a make ahead type of meal...

My fiancée is flying in tomorrow night at 8:30. The airport is a little over an hour away. She has already requested i make something good for her to eat. I would take her out to dinner but at 9:00pm on Sunday not very many resteraunts are going to be open. She will be on a 12 hour flight (overseas) so i'm sure she will be plenty hungry.

Her taste:
1. Will eat pasta but she doesn't love it.
2. Doesn't like fast food.
3. Loves rice but not in like a casserole.
4 Likes both Chicken & Steak (she hasn't ate much pork before).
5. I will have to make her one of my Margaritas because she obsoletely loves Margaritas.
6. Doesn't like very spicy but like flavorful.

So here i am trying to think of what to make. It definitely has to be something make ahead or something because there is no way i want to cook something big at 10:00 at night. Of course the crockpot is a perfect match for this but i haven't found a recipe that wows me.

So far what i've thought of is :
1. French Dip Sandwiches in the crockpot.
2. Make lasagna ahead and just throw it in the oven we we get home.

Any other ideas would be appreciated.

thanks,
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:30 PM   #2
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I was thinking lasagna too. It will taste better having "rested" for awhile then reheated.
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:35 PM   #3
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Chicken wings, meatballs, or riblets in a bbq style sauce served over white rice, which you can cook ahead and warm up in the microwave. I can give you a few easy recipes if you are interested.
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:43 PM   #4
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she wont' be very hungry after a flight (the flight crew will feed her well if it's such a long flight). but she'll be very tired and bored and will want some "comfort". does it ring a bell now? comfort food. but to different people comfort food means different things. you'll just have to know her well.
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:48 PM   #5
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An Antipasti! Everything can be made ahead and served cold or at room temp. Marinated mushies, shrimp, squid and mussel salad, Caprese salad, roasted asparagus or melon wrapped in prosciutto. When you get home take everything out to "warm" up, then in the mean time, toast up some thick, bias cut Italian bread, rub it with a garlic clove, then with a cut in half tomatoe. A nice Italian red or white and your good to go.

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Old 06-04-2011, 02:40 PM   #6
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Lots of foods you could set up in the slow cooker so they're ready when you get back from the airport. You're gonna be gone about three hours so that's your best bet. If you're delayed, no problem.

If you have a timer on your oven, you could program it to go on at a certin time, dook your lasagna and shut off when done. Then you get there a half hour or so later and it's all rested and ready to go.
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Old 06-04-2011, 04:36 PM   #7
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I was thinking lasagna too. It will taste better having "rested" for awhile then reheated.

So you would cook it fully in the pan and then throw it back in to oven when you get home? I was thinking on assembling it and leaving it uncooked until i got home.
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Chicken wings, meatballs, or riblets in a bbq style sauce served over white rice, which you can cook ahead and warm up in the microwave. I can give you a few easy recipes if you are interested.
Sure RockLobster. Go ahead and post them. The ribblets sound especially nice.
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she wont' be very hungry after a flight (the flight crew will feed her well if it's such a long flight). but she'll be very tired and bored and will want some "comfort". does it ring a bell now? comfort food. but to different people comfort food means different things. you'll just have to know her well.
Oh definitly know her very well. What her idea of comfort would be hard to do in a crockpot well ahead. It probably would be a combination of steak, plantains, rice, spanish style chariso, & Arapas.

The hungry part is coming directly from her :P
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so maybe it's just me who actually enjoys flight food...
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