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Polish dinner party? Please help!!!

Maybe he's looking for insights/tips to improve his recipes? When we went to the his house, we got salmon...I could always do that!?

Mar 31, 2012
cowanddog in Home Cooking

Polish dinner party? Please help!!!

I agree, Fourunder! I mean...if you go to some effort, and are cooking with love and enthusiasm, how is that offensive? I guess, worst case scenario, which several have pointed out, is he thinks, "wow -- not like mom's" or "what was she thinking?" I just thought it would be fun for a change.... At the very least, this discussion will provide me with a fun topic for dinner conversation. : )

Mar 31, 2012
cowanddog in Home Cooking

Polish dinner party? Please help!!!

That does sound good...and a bit easier.... I'm not so fixated on the heritage piece...more something I can do ahead of time and trying to find a focus from the zillions of ideas.... Also, I believe his wife is a bit of a trad. eater, so I figured I should stay more mainstream as opposed to "delighting?" her with my Indian feast...or middle eastern.....?

Mar 31, 2012
cowanddog in Home Cooking

Polish dinner party? Please help!!!

THANKS, Bigos! That's great advice! I don't mind the labor, as long as most of it is beforehand and not while they are here. His wife is from chicago...so I think she will probably be familar with this kind of stuff as well?
I think I will print out these comments to share with them at the dinner. I think some of them are pretty humorous!
The Polish meal sounds lovely and fun (though a bit heavy). I will give it a go and let you know how it turns out!
Thanks again to all for your time and for your help. I appreciate it!

Mar 31, 2012
cowanddog in Home Cooking

Polish dinner party? Please help!!!

Grangie Angie, do you serve the kielbasa with the pierogies? from my experience, almost everyone loves sausage!

Mar 30, 2012
cowanddog in Home Cooking

Polish dinner party? Please help!!!

Hi again! I have made stuffed cabbage several times and it was great! I got confused about the bigos because there seem to be so many different variations...also, I may be totally off base here, but my guess was that he might have had more of a polish-american type of cuisine vs. completely authentic? I don't mind the tedium of stuffed cabbage if I can get it all done ahead of time!

My heritage is really not the most inspiring....irish...norwegian...

but, okay...if it sounds too smarmy...thought it would be fun to do something new!

thanks for all your tips!!!

Mar 30, 2012
cowanddog in Home Cooking

Polish dinner party? Please help!!!

Hi!

My husband's boss is Polish..I mean, not from Poland recently, but his parents are. He's around 55?

And, he's coming to dinner!

I thought I would make Polish food...

Maybe some suffed cabbage rolls? cucumber soup?

I am looking for insights, advice and recipes!

Also, if you think this is a crappy idea, let me know. I can pull something else off. It just seemed fun! We just moved to Nothern VA from Vermont and I found this GREAT russian market, but I don't know what half the things in it are....maybe there some good stuff I could pick up there, too!?

My thought is to have a menu that combines comfort food with a couple of new things thrown in?

Thanks for your help!!

Mar 30, 2012
cowanddog in Home Cooking