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Ideas for some economical main course at a 50th Anniversary party for at least 100.....

I agree completely, and tried to tell them that. My parents have even had Coq Au Vin here before and loved it. Maybe I should tell them it's chicken stew, and it would be better accepted. ;-)

Jan 03, 2012
Kree8tif in Home Cooking

Ideas for some economical main course at a 50th Anniversary party for at least 100.....

We're in central Florida, so there is no telling what the weather will be in February. Two days ago, it was in the 80's, tonight, we're having freezing temps.

Jan 03, 2012
Kree8tif in Home Cooking

Ideas for some economical main course at a 50th Anniversary party for at least 100.....

The problem is my sister and I are both pretty good cooks, our two sister in laws aren't, but they will want to pitch in to help. We will have a kitchen available at the club where my parents have chosen to have the party, but won't be able to get in to use the kitchen and decorate until 3 hrs prior to the start time of the party, so the food needs to be prepared in advance if possible. Since they have taken so much time deciding where they want to have the party, we are now down to less than a month and a half to plan it. We have a keg steamer/cooker that we can cook a large amount of food in over a propane burner if we come up with the right thing to prepare. We've cooked chili, jambalaya, and low country boils in it for large crowds before, but that's too casual for the occasion to me.

Here are some idea's we've come up with so far......

Lasagna, Ziti, or Spaghetti and meatballs (none are my mother's favorite but she will eat them if not given a choice.)

BBQ (my sisters idea of cooking pork loin in a roaster for hours with store bought sauce, that's not BBQ in my opinion, and awfully casual for a 50th celebration! We always do BBQ on the smoker.)

Coq Au Vin (our idea, but my sister say's it's too "frou frou")

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

Jan 02, 2012
Kree8tif in Home Cooking

Need pre-Christmas, pre-prep dinner idea's please...

Our teen is having her tonsils removed on the 23rd, so our normal family get together with my family AND my husbands family have to be moved up to the weekend before. Unfortunately, the best day for everyone was on Sunday, SO, we're hosting a brunch for 17 with my husbands family that morning (which includes 4 toddlers and a 5 mos. old great dane puppy!), then having my family of at least 13 here for dinner that evening.

Brunch will be relatively simple since I'm planning on having a strata and potato casserole assembled the night before so all I have to do is pop them in the oven that morning. I will also have muffins and scones baked the day before, and my sis in law will be bringing a fruit tray and sweet rolls. Easy!

I would like to come up with something other than a traditional Christmas dinner to prepare for that evening (since they all will be doing that at their own homes a few days later), that can be made in advance and warmed in the oven, or something that I can have simmering all day so I won't be in a frenzy trying to clean up from brunch when the first group leaves, then trying to get dinner prepared for the second group. My family is a pretty simple bunch that only tries anything other than traditional American food when they come to our home, so I would like to make something delicious that they've never had before.

My husband suggested that I make a big pot of Jambalaya, but my mother isn't big on spicy foods. Some other idea's I've had are Seafood Lasagna, Cuban Pork (with easy sides), Coq Au Vin, Beef Bourguignon, or Cioppino. I would love some other suggestions and possible recipes.

Dec 06, 2009
Kree8tif in Home Cooking

Good (Sea)food around Titusville/Cocoa Beach, FL?

I know I'm posting this past your date of traveling to Titusville, but I thought I would add my opinion for anyone searching existing posts since we live here and know many people besides ourselves that have been there. Dixie Crossroads is the most over-hyped restaurant we've ever been to! We've been many times ONLY because relatives from out of the area insist on going to give a try after buying into the hype. It's mediocre/overpriced seafood at best!!! Travel companies bring people in by the bus load. We (and many of our close friends) have never seen the appeal what so ever.

Apr 01, 2009
Kree8tif in Florida

I need suggestions for keeping baked appetizers hot...

I would love to hear your other ideas.

Feb 20, 2009
Kree8tif in Home Cooking

I need suggestions for keeping baked appetizers hot...

Since we're talking about teenagers, I think I'm going to to skip the shrimp. To me it's unecessary, as most of them would rather have wings, meatballs, and other "junk food". If it was a party for adults, I would be more concerned about more upscale tastes. I even offered to make spring rolls and ended up with a "you've got to me kidding me" look from her and she loves spring rolls! As I said in my original post, she's more into wanting to dance and have a blast with her friends than what's served. I'll probably end up doing small batches of the baked items in a line up of toaster ovens as suggested or just skip those items and come up with something else that can be served at room temp.

I knew you missed the Sweet 16 part when you suggested the bartender. :) I'm more concerned with guarding the punch bowl so it won't be spiked by some smart alec teenager! I'll have plenty of help since I've recruited at least a dozen adults to chapperone. :)

Thanks to all for the suggestions!

Feb 19, 2009
Kree8tif in Home Cooking

I need suggestions for keeping baked appetizers hot...

I discovered that the club house that we're renting for our daughters Sweet 16 party doesn't have an oven. There's a little microwave which will be useless to me. She's expecting around 100 people and wanted casual appetizers instead of a sit down dinner. (She's more interested in dancing than having dinner.) Since I'm catering the party myself, I was trying to make my life a bit easier and came up with a couple of items that could be made ahead of time, stored in the freezer, then baked to reheat right before serving. I had planned on making mini pizza bites and mini ham and cheese rolls that all of the kids love.

I know that a cooler lined with foil and layers of newspaper will keep grilled or smoked meats warm for hours, but I'm afraid both items above will become soggy if I bake them at home and try to keep them warm in a cooler. I've never tried keeping baked items hot in a chaffing dish, would they get soggy or stick in one of those? I have access to a very large electric roaster, but I'm not sure if that will work either. I may just have to go to Plan B and come up with other recipes to make instead.

So far these are the items she's requested:

Swedish meatballs
Lil smokies in a sweet/spicy sauce
Asian wings
Sausage Queso dip w/ chips (all of the above will be kept warm in large crock pots)
Veggie tray
Fruit tray
Cheese and cracker tray
Tortilla roll-ups
Ham roll-ups
BLT finger sandwiches
Chicken salad finger sandwiches
Assorted chips and dips
Chocolate fountain w/ assorted items to dip

I welcome suggestions on keeping the baked items hot, or even other suggestions of things to replace the pizza bites and ham and cheese rolls with.

Feb 19, 2009
Kree8tif in Home Cooking

Tailgate appetizers to pair with red wine?

No need to apologize. :)

Jan 15, 2009
Kree8tif in General Topics

Tailgate appetizers to pair with red wine?

Mediterranean Burgers and Red Wine and Blue Cheese Burgers. There are many types of gourmet burgers, not all contain beef.

Jan 13, 2009
Kree8tif in General Topics

I need suggestions for excellent appetizers for a champagne brunch....

A relative is having a late Christmas gathering of relatives since she had to spend the holidays with in laws. There will be at least 21 people, including my elderly mother in law and sister in law that are flying in for the weekend. The main course will be beef fillet and either lobster tail or shrimp, along with breakfast casseroles, etc. I've been asked to bring a couple of appetizers as well as deviled eggs. The first thing I thought about making was brie en croute, but I found out that the hostess hates brie. (I didn't think anyone disliked brie!!!) My mother in law was known for being an excellent cook, and I've managed to follow in her footsteps and impress her over the years, so I would like for the trend to continue.

We hosted a Christmas Eve with the rest of the family that will be there and served more than a dozen appetizers that evening, so I'm trying to come up with some different recipes to try for the brunch. I would love some suggestions.

Jan 11, 2009
Kree8tif in Home Cooking

Tailgate appetizers to pair with red wine?

We're going to be grilling gourmet burgers later in the day, but I would like some suggestions of appetizers that can be made ahead of time that will pair well with various red wines. We obviously will have a cheese platter, but I would like a broader selection of offerings since we'll have people dropping by to tailgate all day.

Oct 30, 2008
Kree8tif in General Topics

Christmas goodies for teens?

Hi, I'm relatively new to this forum, but have enjoyed what I have read so far. I need some suggestions please. I volunteer in student services at our high school and would love to take our student "runners" a treat next week when I work. The other lady I volunteer with is planning on bringing the kids cookies, so I would like to do something different. I was even thinking of bagging something up individually so they can take it with them if they're full of cookies and whatever the first shift volunteers bring in. I know the pretzels melted with rolo's are always a hit, and my kids love "puppy chow", but do any of you have any other ideas? I want it to be something they will love!

Dec 14, 2007
Kree8tif in General Topics