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Pairing recommendations?

Hey Brent - thanks for your recommendations - I'm in D.C.

Dec 28, 2008
ziggy5 in Beer

Pairing recommendations?

I'm serving this menu to a certified beer-snob. Any recommends for good beers to match to it?
1. hummus/pita
2. lamb meatballs in tangy tomato sauce over rice (http://www.taunton.com/finecooking/re...
3. roasted curried cauliflower
4. brownies and ice cream

Dec 28, 2008
ziggy5 in Beer

Need a fabulous, but not trying-too-hard menu for a date

Ah! Amazing. I didn't even know there was a beer board. Thanks!

Dec 28, 2008
ziggy5 in Home Cooking

Need a fabulous, but not trying-too-hard menu for a date

Oh yeah .. . one more thing - does anybody have a good microbrew they might recommend to pair with that menu?

Dec 28, 2008
ziggy5 in Home Cooking

Need a fabulous, but not trying-too-hard menu for a date

Thanks! I feel like this thread has evolved into a support group for my reentry into the world of dating. Thanks for all your good advice and support. :) I'll check back in and let y'all know how it goes.

Dec 28, 2008
ziggy5 in Home Cooking

Need a fabulous, but not trying-too-hard menu for a date

Also, he did mention he really loved Indian food? So these are similar flavors, right?

Dec 28, 2008
ziggy5 in Home Cooking

Need a fabulous, but not trying-too-hard menu for a date

Ha ha - yeah. I'm the queen of elaborate cooking. This is paring it down for me. Plus these are all recipes I've made a lot and know are reliable.

Dec 28, 2008
ziggy5 in Home Cooking

Need a fabulous, but not trying-too-hard menu for a date

Hmm... yeah I don't KNOW that they are winners for him - but he's arab-american; so I'm making a lot of assumptions. This could potentially backfire, I suppose.

Dec 28, 2008
ziggy5 in Home Cooking

Need a fabulous, but not trying-too-hard menu for a date

Ok - I'm thinking this as my menu:
1. hummus/pita
2. lamb meatballs in tangy tomato sauce over rice (http://www.taunton.com/finecooking/re...
)3. roasted curried cauliflower
4. brownies and ice cream
thoughts? Dinner is tomorrow night and I'm getting kinda nervous. I've been thinking about this WAY too much.

Dec 28, 2008
ziggy5 in Home Cooking

Need a fabulous, but not trying-too-hard menu for a date

Is this recipe available on the internet? Or just in the cookbook?

Dec 25, 2008
ziggy5 in Home Cooking

Need a fabulous, but not trying-too-hard menu for a date

Do you have a recipe you'd recommend? Just homemade pesto and shrimp sauteed in garlic and red-pepper flakes?

Dec 25, 2008
ziggy5 in Home Cooking

Need a fabulous, but not trying-too-hard menu for a date

Yeah. . . something involving teamwork would be good. I'm a little nervous about so much one-to-one face time (i.e. alone in house, cooking dinner). . . breaking out board games is so passe, so i thought pizza-building? Are there any other non-technical dishes we could cook together(ish?)

Dec 25, 2008
ziggy5 in Home Cooking

Need a fabulous, but not trying-too-hard menu for a date

I'm a woman. Roast chicken sounds like a good bet. . . just really simple? Or should I throw in a fancy sauce?

Dec 25, 2008
ziggy5 in Home Cooking

Need a fabulous, but not trying-too-hard menu for a date

So - I'm newly single, and taking baby steps with a new person - impulsively invited the person over for a home-cooked meal. I know how to do elaborate, pull-out-all-the-stops, but what's a good casual, but creative meal? I need this meal to subliminally say, you're a lot of fun, but I'm not looking for a new spouse. I DO NOT want a "seduction" menu. Guidance would be much appreciated . . . I was playing with the idea of mussels steamed in beer or homemade pizza?
** Also, it would be awesome if it's budget friendly

Dec 24, 2008
ziggy5 in Home Cooking