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Old 07-13-2009, 06:04 PM   #1
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Summer eve menu help

I'm having one other couple for dinner and am preparing Grilled lobster with Asian dipping sauce.

I will start with a light salad with strawberries and pine nuts.

But, what else? I don't want corn on the cob. Maybe, a rice pilaf, or cous cous but how should I season it? Vegetable?

Many Thanks for any suggestions!

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Old 07-13-2009, 06:19 PM   #2
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Instead of corn on the cob, consider a roasted corn salad.

A simple rice pilaf made with a veggie broth shallots and roasted pine nuts and possibly some dried cranberries.
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Old 07-13-2009, 06:19 PM   #3
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since you are using an Asian dipping sauce, maybe a rice pilaf in a similar vein? Maybe flavored with orange juice and soy sauce?
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Old 07-13-2009, 06:27 PM   #4
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a barley pilaf seasoned by boiling in chix stock or boullinon, with black pepper & seasalt,? maybe? & spaghetti squash? with green beans or asparagus for color??
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since you are using an Asian dipping sauce, maybe a rice pilaf in a similar vein? Maybe flavored with orange juice and soy sauce?
^^ - excellent idea. I like carrying out the Asian theme with your side. Orange juice, spring onions, soy sauce, sesame oil...even a bit of brown sugar or honey, but not much...a small splash of dry sherry too, if available.
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Old 07-13-2009, 06:51 PM   #6
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Hmmmm, I like the idea of sticking to a Asian theme but the seasonings suggested sound the same as the dipping sauce.

Asapargus, is probably good as suggested the color (besides, I love it).

I also like the idea rice pilaf with roasted pine nuts and possibly some dried cranberries.But, does that fight with the dipping sauce?

Do, I need bread? Got the wine- check.

Desert?
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Old 07-13-2009, 06:55 PM   #7
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Dessert, something light, maybe an ice or sorbet of some kind. I saw a recipe for watermelon ice the other day. (Woman's Day I think)
or almond cookies
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Old 07-13-2009, 07:06 PM   #8
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Thanks, again Kathy! That sounds good!

But, what do you think about: I also like the idea rice pilaf with roasted pine nuts and possibly some dried cranberries.But, does that fight with the dipping sauce?
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Old 07-13-2009, 07:12 PM   #9
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It would duplicate your salad...
ginger carrots with a simpler pilaf? but I would LOVE the asparagus, too! Maybe with toasted sesame seeds on top?
I think with all the flavors going on, a simple rice side dish would be sufficient.
(maybe toss in some mandarin oranges??)
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Old 07-13-2009, 07:16 PM   #10
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Got it! Thanks for all your time and help!
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