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Going to a dinner party tonight where 5 of 6 women are pregnant or nursing (what's IN the water in Noe Valley, by the way?). Anyhoo, my standby tray of messy cheeses with fall fruits won't work. Any suggestions for easy-to-prepare starters? I have all of TJ's and the farmer's market at my disposal. I'm just sooo out of ideas.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. What's the problem with nursing mothers and cheese? Sorry to be ignorant, but I would guess aged cheese might could/maybe be an issue but what else is of concern?

    Do some flatbreads with: Tapenade, Tomato, motzarella and basil and a Barbecue chicken with onions and sauce. Make a chicken liver pate and schmear it with some minced celery and chopped pimento.

    Dp some chicken wings, not too hot, but still grade them as mild, medium and hot. Even if you spice them all the same way they will perceive the heat differential. No dis to pregnant women, that's human nature.

    Eliminating cheese sucks -- it cuts out so many other ideas.

    Dolomedes, tough to do in the time you have, but order them from a close-by Greek restaurant.

    Bob

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    1. re: Bob Mervine

      Soft cheeses, like Bleu, are out because there's some risk of contamination with Listeria. But I wouldn't think that would eliminate *all* cheese.

    2. Gougeres - easy to make and you can fill them with yummy savouries for variety. Dungeness crab - perhaps? It is in season after all.

      1. bruschettas.

        1. When you are pregnany aor nursing you are usually really hungry - especially for heavy food you might not normally eat. What about a sausage in puff pastry baked. I think barefoot contessa has a recipe that is good and easy. I made them today for a party and they were the first things to go. Gourmet pigs in a blanket!

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          1. re: JennyHunter

            Thanks for the inspiration! I actually did chicken Italian sausage with marinara on crisped polenta rounds, topped with a shaving of Parmigiano-Reggiano. The pre-cooked polenta was a lot easier than puff-pastry. The moms (in all stages) loved it - so did the men!

          2. There are some excellent pre-made quiche style tartlets to be had at many major markets. I avoid the mushroom ones as they tend towards library paste consistency, but bacon and spinach seem to be adored by all adults and especially kids. Some nursing and preggo moms avoid spice cuz they think it upsets the babe so these fit into a non-threatening comfort food zone