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Rustic garden party ideas needed

Thanks, all! We met yesterday and the general plan is to have a few tables setup throughout the garden, each with a pitcher of sangria or beer, a couple of apps/plates/napkins. We will provide some cheese, crackers and hummus from Costco and I will make some popcorn with fresh basil and garden to have at each table. Beer and soft drinks in a central area. Everyone is encouraged to bring an appetizer to share, made with garden goods if possible. Looking forward to a fun afternoon!

Rustic garden party ideas needed

Genius!

1 day ago
gourmanda in Home Cooking

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Wow! "Add some characters"? Is the new CH slang for "post some relevant information"?

P.s. Good Christ, having to give a "post a home" and "help others find it" is juvenile and time consuming.

Rustic garden party ideas needed

Thanks everyone, for the comments and ideas so far. This isn't going to be nearly as formal as a potluck or harvest dinner with the sign-up sheet, etc. And the numbers so far are revised to 7 children seven years old and younger and about 25 adults. I love the idea of the zucchini bake and the tortilla roll ups. These are the types of suggestions that are in line with our intended plan. As far as plates, napkins, glasses etc. I will be donating those from our personal stock. I'm thinking lemonade and iced tea for soft drinks. People will be encouraged to bring their reusable drinking mugs/cups.

Aug 28, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking
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Rustic garden party ideas needed

Our community garden is hosting our first Garden Gala in the community garden site. My co-leader and I are in charge. First of all this is rustic--no electricity, the tables will likely be the storage bins at the garden (think large deck/boat box) and we will not be under any sort of tent. We will have about 25 adults and 9 young kids. The garden is providing adult and soft beverages and some sort of snack/app. Our budget is about $100 and one gardener offered to supply a keg of homemade beer. Attendees have been asked to provide an appetizer to share. I need ideas on what we can provide that's more interesting than cheese and crackers, but not super time consuming to make. Also, I'm on the fence about providing box wine or stretching wine into sangria or some other punch-like drink (mai tais, margaritas, etc). All thoughts and ideas are welcome; vegetarian and vegan helpful but not necessary.
ETA: This is meant to be an afternoon cocktail party lasting, I would guess, 2-3 hours. It's not to be a heavy meal, just a festive coming together of gardeners. Most of whom have had plots at the garden for years.

Aug 28, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Want a dishwasher that not only washes,but dries the dishes thoroughly

I thought you have a Bosch? From up thread.

Aug 27, 2015
gourmanda in Cookware

Sketchy Stuff We Resort To In Kitchens

Well *that* is completely beyond the pale.
Or not ;)

Aug 26, 2015
gourmanda in Not About Food
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Sketchy Stuff We Resort To In Kitchens

I know I posted a while back about dropping the entire contents of a saute pan on the floor (I don't remember know what it was...I think it was maybe quiche filling, but I'm not sure). I didn't have the time, patience or extra ingredients on hand to start over...it was dinner and delicious and DH was none the wiser.

Aug 26, 2015
gourmanda in Not About Food

Do you use garlic powder?

I've been using granulated garlic in marinades and sauces lately, mostly because it's just faster than chopping or grating fresh.

Aug 26, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Gift basket from America?

Rego's Purity Portuguese Brand Sausage.
Yes, they sell them online but they are fairly expensive that way...then again, a trip to Hawaii isn't inexpensive either :)
http://regospurity.com/our-products.asp

Aug 26, 2015
gourmanda in U.K./Ireland

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

That's some stunning parentage you come from Linny!
Everyone in the kitchen while you cooked? Ugh, I couldn't stand that.

Aug 26, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

We're in the thick of food preservation season (though I didn't do a CSA this year, so not as thick as years past). So dinner tonight will be "Super Quick and Fantastic Tomato Sauce" over spaghetti with a simple salad. The frozen steak rolls will get turned into garlic bread. Will finish cooking down the rest of the freezer salsa and get to work on the 30 or so pounds of tomatoes still on the counter.

What's for Dinner #383 - The Shank of the Summer Edition! [through August 28, 2015]

Mmmm....whiskey sours!

Ideas for planned leftovers/make ahead meals

To all of the great suggestions posted I would only add--don't take it too seriously. You/they don't need a meat/starch/veg meal every single night. It's a busy time of year for me with food preservation so last night was grilled cheese/onion/tomato sandwiches and corn on the cob. Tonight will be Ruhlman's quick tomato spaghetti and a simple salad.
As others have said: plan. I usually plan the menu based on what's on hand then add in as necessary. Next is the grocery list and off to the store Saturday or early Sunday. That frees me up for other things the rest of the day then Sunday afternoon starts the prep for a really nice (usually fish) dinner that night and work on the meals for the week ahead. Friday night is clean out the refrigerator, Saturday is often pizza (toasted naan with olive oil, red onion, spinach and a little cheese).

Garbage Disposal Units - How common are they in the US?

I've had them in the houses I've been in since the early '80s. Everyone I know well enough to be in their kitchen has one and the few vacation rentals we've done have all had them. That said, in the summer I use an outdoor compost pile a good deal of the time.

Aug 25, 2015
gourmanda in Cookware

Short Pulls--What Do You Do?

Wow. That's disturbing. I think in this case a call to Weights and Measures, the Liquor Board or some such government agency should be notified.

Aug 25, 2015
gourmanda in Beer

Odd Lasagna Question About Acidity

For what it's worth, homemade paste is a whole 'nother animal from canned. Deliciously sweet! (PITA to make though.)

Aug 25, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Aldi Vs. Costco

Aldi's isn't convenient to me but I do go to Costco every six weeks or so. They have fantastic prices on the cheeses we like, dog food and dog jerky treats, coffee beans, pistachios and cereal. Everything else I find to be hit or miss on better pricing. Sometimes they have an outstanding deal on Wild Planet canned tuna, but not always. I keep a list of prices on my phone of things I usually buy at Target so I can compare when I go to Costco.

Aug 24, 2015
gourmanda in Chains

Aldi Vs. Costco

Just reading this now...thanks for the laugh!

Aug 24, 2015
gourmanda in Chains

Skittles are a 'food', correct? Need help!

Club soda for the carpet. Don't know about the table but I like the suggestion of the hair dryer.

Aug 24, 2015
gourmanda in Not About Food

Have you ever lost . . . .

My favorite paring knife. Perfect for coring tomatoes. Apparently it grew legs and walked away....

Aug 24, 2015
gourmanda in Not About Food

Help with husband's birthday dinner menu.

If your sister simply doesn't like a meat-based dinner (as opposed to being vegetarian or vegan) then this Birthday Party Paella may suit everyone. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
She can skip the meat and eat the vegetables and I don't imagine sausage, chicken and shrimp are terribly adventurous for the rest of the family. As a bonus, much can be done ahead of time so you can join in the fun.

Planning for next year...

Our community garden will be getting a delivery of leaf humus this fall so it can get worked into the soil over the winter and early spring. About six weeks before planting I will put 60lbs of chicken manure in each 10'x10' plot.

Aug 23, 2015
gourmanda in Gardening

Chowhound Beta Site Part V

But why should FAQs be required? Shouldn't intelligent design render them pointless?

Aug 22, 2015
gourmanda in Site Talk
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Garden porn

I have no idea why this didn't post earlier. I want nothingswrong to know she isn't alone ;)

Chowhound Beta Site Part V

Let me say this about that. I have never before encountered an online forum that requires an FAQ option on how to navigate the site.

What's for Dinner #382 - the Weather Gone Wild! Edition [through August 22, 2015]

Hole, shmole. At least you didn't end up with a deluge and the actual problem was a fairly easy fix. Wine is good.

Aug 21, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking
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Want a dishwasher that not only washes,but dries the dishes thoroughly

I'm with you Duffy. Bosch, silent, dries very well with the exception of plastic lids for our glass storage containers. These usually have droplets of water on them so I put them in the dish drainer where they dry in a short time. You can not, however, take the dishes out when the cycle is over. You have to wait for the dishes to cool and the residual heat to dry them. My only complaint is that I can't put 6 oz juice glasses in the d/w without them getting chipped. Can't figure out why it's only that size. Those get hand washed.

Aug 21, 2015
gourmanda in Cookware

What's for Dinner #382 - the Weather Gone Wild! Edition [through August 22, 2015]

You are a strong woman, nw! Always sending good thoughts to you.

Who was rude here?

Ooh! That's kinda mean but I like it!!

Aug 20, 2015
gourmanda in Not About Food
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