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Old 11-02-2008, 06:48 AM   #1
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The one meal thing I never manage to get right

making a meal for the family last night, again, I couldn't get the timing for everything to be hot at the same time and dinner therefore, wasn't.

the roast was hot when I took it out but the mashed sweets were in there too, they came out first. the beans and the cauliflower had been done long before but the NYT bread was last to go in.

how do you make your entire dinner hot all at once? I mean this is annoying and sad and embarrassing to me.

is there something that you never seem to quite get right about a meal?

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Old 11-02-2008, 06:58 AM   #2
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lefse.......it comes with time and experience........if my husband can let me know what hour of the clock he's going to be home it works out even better...........veggies will always be last as they only need a few minutes of steam time.......rice is 20 minutes.......meat or main dish is whatever your recipe calls for and will probably be cooked first.......in the meantime you can be throwing a salad together or cutting up some fruit........when it comes to mashed potatos I confess to using a mix of Idaho potatoes......love them and better than my own.......
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Old 11-02-2008, 08:52 AM   #3
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expatgirl.....
it may just be that I am not proficient in my planning or scheduling.
last night was just one more example of how wrong I can be with that.
plus, I had food on the plates that couldn't go into the microwave ie. apple sauce, or it'd get hot too, aAAARgh, the on going dilemma...
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Don't worry Lefs - it happens to everyone! I have the hardest time with breakfast meals!
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Old 11-02-2008, 09:35 AM   #5
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i always had a problem keeping the mash potatos warm. I saw somewhwere that once you have them made. set the bowl on top of a pot that has simmering water in it turn the burner off and the heat from the water keeps the bowl warm. acting like a double boiler - I have also done it with veggies. and everything is hot at the same time

for breakfast i cook the bacon and the sauage in the oven whille im cooking everything else and all is done at the same time
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I heat up most stuff in the microwave.............if he gets home a lot later than he says......tooo bad............yep, Barbarian here...............
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Old 11-02-2008, 10:21 AM   #7
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making a meal for the family last night, again, I couldn't get the timing for everything to be hot at the same time and dinner therefore, wasn't.

the roast was hot when I took it out but the mashed sweets were in there too, they came out first. the beans and the cauliflower had been done long before but the NYT bread was last to go in.

how do you make your entire dinner hot all at once? I mean this is annoying and sad and embarrassing to me.

is there something that you never seem to quite get right about a meal?
Hi, Lefse. Here are some ideas: I would have made the NYT bread first, because it needs to cool down before cutting into it anyway. Or, you can make it in advance, and then re-crisp it in the oven for 10 minutes along with the casserole (see below).

Then, let's say the roast needed 1 hour to cook + 20 minutes to rest before carving; the mashed sweets (I'm assuming this is a casserole) needed 30 minutes to bake; and the beans and cauliflower needed 10 minutes. Let's also say you want to serve dinner at 7 p.m.

Put the roast in the oven 1 hour and 20 mins. (or 80 mins.) before serving time, or 5:40 p.m. After 50 minutes (80-30=50; 6:30 p.m.), put the casserole in the oven. 10 minutes later, 6:40 p.m., remove the roast, cover and let rest. Now you have 10 minutes to get the veggies ready and start cooking them at 6:50 p.m. Voila, everything is done at 7 p.m. or thereabouts

It just takes planning and practice. When I'm having a dinner party, I actually make a schedule of what needs to be done when so it all comes out together. HTH.
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Old 11-02-2008, 10:34 AM   #8
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It just takes planning and practice. When I'm having a dinner party, I actually make a schedule of what needs to be done when so it all comes out together. HTH.
I agree with this. You might even want to do a weekly menu plan for a few weeks and plan out the time line. After doing this for a few weeks, you will find what things work well together and what ones don't.
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Old 11-02-2008, 10:45 AM   #9
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Lefse, is oven space an issue for you too? If so, then things like oven cooked veggies can be done earlier and then heated in the microwave quickly before serving. Leaving you with the oven space to do your meat dish.

I find its easier to plan things like this if I don't try to be fancy. Take into account what you have room for and plan accordingly. For example, if I were planning a roast beef and potatoes I would not also plan a veggie that needed to be cooked in the oven (some kind of veggie casserole) I would do something on the stove instead. Then I would have a fresh salad (rounding out the veggie portion of the meal) and just pop the bread or the buns in the oven after I take out the meat so they can heat up again.

Good luck Lefse. Make yourself a chart of what gets cooked first, second, third and last and see if that will help you.
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