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Old 01-27-2009, 05:07 PM   #1
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The question that led me to finding this place!

Friday night is my husband's 45th birthday. In our almost 19 years of marriage I've never thrown him a birthday party, let alone a surprise party ( yes, I'm ashamed). But this Friday night I've arranged a party without him knowing....yet. I'm having his family over and a couple of friends for a small celebration.


My menu is white chicken chili, with a choice between oven cornbread or crackers. However, I just don't feel that it is quite enough. What is another rather easy, cost efficient side dish that would be a compliment to the dishes I have chosen so far. Of course the chili will be in bowls, but I could do like small salad plates for the bread and other side so as not to over whelm everyone with dishes!


I'm at a loss and eager for ideas. I look forward to any tips you all would share!

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Old 01-27-2009, 05:15 PM   #2
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Welcome!

I'd suggest bowls with garnishes for the chili, like cheese, sour cream, onions, fritos, tortillas, jalapenos, etc.

Salad is always an easy side dish to something like chili or stew.

I've made little composed salads on corn tortillas before. With shredded lettuce, watercress, hearts of palm, jicama and cilantro lime vinaigrette -- for a southwestern feel.

Pretty much any salad would work though.
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Old 01-27-2009, 05:19 PM   #3
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I'm with Jenny on this, it seems the chili is just calling for something green and cold and crunchy..Good luck on your party it sounds so nice.
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Old 01-27-2009, 05:30 PM   #4
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Welcome to DC....Make yourself at home!

Add a salad...Add a cornbread....Plain & Jalapeno Cornbread ---- Plain & Broccoli Cornbread --- Jalapeno & Broccoli Cornbread ---

Have Fun & Enjoy!
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Old 01-27-2009, 05:35 PM   #5
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Oh, I'd make some guacamole and serve some blue corn chips with it.

and we all know what beverage to serve with guacamole, don't we?
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Old 01-27-2009, 05:49 PM   #6
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WONDERFUL suggestions! Awesome! great! fabu!!!!!

I was thinking along the right lines. I was thinking maybe salad, but wasn't sure. The cold 'n' crunchy makes sense. I'm loving the jalapeno cornbread idea, too. Kinda kick it up a notch from plain ole cornbread.

Today while buying some of my ingredients, I saw the tostitos dippers-the little bowl like chips, and that got me to thinking, too. AND, if I did a cheese, sauce, and condiment plate it would give me the PERFECT excuse to break out my pretty serving dishes that I rarely use!

Guacamole is the winner of this family for sure! (Yay Toots!!!!!) That never crossed my mind- and this is a family that inhales good guacamole! Not to mention my husband could eat it as long as it is in front of him. This is a definite add to my menu!!!!!

You all were excellent help. Thank you thank you thank you! Now, I just have to narrow down WHICH salad I'm going to add. I may have to post a pic of my beautiful menu Saturday!

Thanks for the welcome. I think I will really enjoy this place. I like the fit so far!
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Old 01-27-2009, 06:01 PM   #7
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Old 01-27-2009, 06:08 PM   #8
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LOL! I hear ya!
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:10 PM   #9
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I think all are good responses. I would add coldslaw to the list, it's green, crunchy and cold.
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I was thinking a veggie tray with celery, sweet peppers, broccoli etc. and some good dips for them too. DON'T FORGET THE BIRTHDAY CAKE!!!
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