princess genevieve

samedi, mars 03, 2007

Need Ideas!

Ideas needed, please! I'm out! I've got a friend coming to dinner this week, and I have no idea what to fix. It will be on a weeknight, so something that I can do after work with minimal preparations. (An hour or less? Or something I can do in advance, the night before?)

Things to keep in mind: chicken isn't my favorite. Also, the last two times this friend has come over for dinner I've made fish. I don't think he'd mind eating fish again, but maybe I should branch out a bit?

Ideas for starter, main dish, dessert, special house cocktail of the night, all welcome! Help me come up with something better than taco night, which is pretty much all I've got right now.

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At 3/04/2007 2:27 AM, Blogger Paisley said...

Cannelloni is pretty quick and easy. You can cheat on the filling by just mixing a jar of pesto together with a tub of ricotta cheese and some grated parmesan.
I find that cheese, pate, dips and dry biscuits (crackers?) are an easy starter.
Dessert... fruit crumble perhaps.
Cocktails - no idea - they're not part of my repertoire.

At 3/04/2007 2:48 AM, Blogger Brena said...

Everyone always flips over that pomagrante martini that Oprah and Rachel Ray made on her show. You should be able to google "pomagrante martini Oprah" and get the recipe.

What I usually throw together for a quick dinner is veal scallopini, fettichini (sp?) alfredo, and spinach. Email me ( for the scallopini recipe if you're interested.

Desert... I say bring on the chocolate covered strawberries. If you don't think they'll be taken in the wrong way.

At 3/05/2007 6:33 AM, Blogger Reuss said...

If you're not worried about being wildly impressive, an extremely speedy dish is this bacon chilli pasta that I got out of some WeightWatchers cookbook (I know, but bear with me). Cook some pasta. Then it's one chilli pepper each, deseeded and chopped up as small as possible, fried with 2 rashers of bacon each, also chopped up small. Just before the bacon is done, chuck in a few handfuls of torn basil leaves. Mix it into the pasta along with half a tub of creme fraiche or fromage frais and a little chili pepper if you like. It takes about as long as pasta takes to cook.

If you're looking for something a bit more showy, then I love this recipe: Skate with garlic buerre blanc and balsamic glaze. But it _is_ fish I suppose... although last night I made just the glaze and served it over pork loin steaks which had been fried in butter with garlic, which was very tasty.

At 3/05/2007 9:37 AM, Blogger dennis' mom said...

I now know what to get for you if we are partnered again (third time is a charm!)- a *good* cookbook.

Food/drink suggestions:
Starter - hot crab dip
Dinner - flank steak and mesculin (sp?) salad - w/ a nice warm, crusty, bread
Dessert - fresh fruit and chocolate truffles
Drinks - (fill in the blank) martini, followed by a nice chardonnay or zinfandel (red - NOT white), followed by Baileys and coffee.

At 3/05/2007 10:38 AM, Blogger Rachael said...

Dinner: eggplant parm or eggplant rolatini (put it together the night before and cook it right before he comes), garlic bread, salad. I can give you recipes today at lunch, if you want.

Dessert: I have a great, simple recipe for caramel rice krispie treats: 1 stick butter, 3 cups rice krispies, 4 milky way bars. Melt butter & milky ways in the microwave, then pour into pan rice krispies and toss to coat. Let cool and serve.

Drinks: What about something silly like Shirley Temples? Or root bear floats?


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