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Old 01-23-2009, 06:42 PM   #11
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I would say lasagna myself - fairly quick & easy and very forgiving. Most sides and salads will go with it.
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Old 01-23-2009, 06:45 PM   #12
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For a casual, mixer, socialize type dinner for 8 -- I do this sometimes....A pot of Vegetable Beef Soup --- A Pot of Chili --- Two Corn Breads ... A Jalapeno bread, and a Broccoli bread....Sit it out with bowls, spoons, napkins etc...Let everybody eat what they want -- when they want -- if they want!!

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Old 01-23-2009, 06:53 PM   #13
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PS ------- For something sweet --- A couple of platters of cookies (Can be bought at your local bakery) --- A bowl of Chocolate Kisses --- Who can resist????

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Old 01-23-2009, 07:04 PM   #14
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NOW it says Toronto...That's in your neck of the woods...So what's for dinner????
The men grill, the women do hot toddies!
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Old 01-23-2009, 07:12 PM   #15
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The men grill, the women do hot toddies!
With a high of 13* or so, and a low of 10* tomorrow night in Toronto this "men" aint grillin nuttin!!! --- I don't care how many hot toddies you ladies fix!
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Old 01-23-2009, 07:32 PM   #16
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Here's another idea that couldn't be easier - especially since you don't know what other folks will be bringing.

Simply pick up some already-cooked rotisserie chickens! Get 5 or 6, cut them into quarters or smaller pieces, pile them on a platter in a warm oven & serve with the sides/salads other folks are bringing. There are very few things that don't go with chicken, & "buying, cutting up, & warming" can't get easier.
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Old 01-23-2009, 07:43 PM   #17
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Oh Breezy, what a good idea! Now maybe U.B. will grace us with his presence. Presents?
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Old 01-23-2009, 07:59 PM   #18
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Oh Breezy, what a good idea! Now maybe U.B. will grace us with his presence. Presents?
I'll be there --- Keep the porch light on -- I may be late.
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Old 01-23-2009, 08:21 PM   #19
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some good ideas here guys, keep them coming.

alix - your Coq au Vin recipe sounds great, but the work involved seems daunting. this is a casual get together, i dont want to overdo it :D

uncle bob - your soup and bread idea is under consideration, thanks.

breezycooking - i dont know what kinds of sides or appetizers are being brought, and i dont feel inclined to call people up 'hey what you bringing?'
however your idea with the local supermarket rotisere chickens is actually very solid and saves me a bit of work... but dont want to look like a lazy shnook who couldnt even slap together a decent meal without getting some ready made food.

thanks for your input guys
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:01 PM   #20
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An oven meal

A large oven pan 9 x 13 or larger. Chicken thighs. Dip in milk, coat with seasoned crumbs. (let sit in refrig while you are preparing potatoes & carrots)

Peel and slice potatoes: Place in a large bowl and season. Your choice.
I use EVOO, ground pepper, grated parm cheese. Stir potatoes.

Slice carrots: in the same potato bowl (after you remove the potatoes)

Place the potatoes at the bottom of your pan, carrots in one corner. Lay
the chicken on top. Try not to crowd the chicken. You may want to make more than one pan.

Place in a 400 degree oven ...covered with foil for l hour remove foil and let all brown. Approx 1/2 hour. Aria
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