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May 23, 2007 10:56 AM

Most impressive Dinner Party

Okay hounders- looking for inspiration- I have many up coming dinners to host- Some of my faves are Roast Chicken, Osso Bucco, Short Ribs, Bolegnese (Hazzan) and so forth.... Now lets here yours! :)

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  1. Those all sound delicious - and some favorites of mine - but my first question is - will it be warm in your area right now? I'd probably go with lighter things, and will put my thinking cap on!

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Yes yes yes!!! However it is always warm in my area- Live in Nassau Bahamas- I read your posts all the time- very excited to see what you come up with!

      1. re: gastronomy

        Ach - now I'm challenged - will really have to think about it. BTW - could you get my Bahamian lawyer in Nassau on the phone for me;-) How many people do you anticipate cooking for? That might help inform my ideas.

        1. re: MMRuth

          Good luck with your lawyer! :)- 4-6ppl....

        2. re: gastronomy

          This is a lovely soup to start with - you can make it fancier by serving some crabmeat with it:

          Make sure to read through, b/c I think I left out an ingredient in the original post. No heat involved in preparing this.

            1. re: MMRuth

              This looks really good. I was thinking of trying a key lime pie/cake idea (from a thread a few weeks ago) for my son's birthday. Do you think this work if I baked it in a 10" pan instead?

              1. re: chowser

                I honestly don't know - I know that there are conversion links out there somewhere, but it's really just an issue of the volume that the pan can take. I have made this recipe successfully in a mini bundt pan - filling them about 2/3s up.

            2. re: gastronomy

              Another dish that is easy to make - if you have access to decent salmon - is grav lax, as an appetizer or hors d'oeuvres - I always get raves when I make it. Happy to post a recipe for it - and the mustard sauce - if it sounds appealing.

              1. re: MMRuth

                ohh yeah please do- I usually make a smoked salmon spread- i would like to try something different! :)- be happy to post that if you would like!

                1. re: gastronomy

                  Gravlax - adapted from the Cafe des Artistes recipe:

                  2 lbs center cut salmon, skin on, cut in half
                  2 T aquavit (or vodka, if you don't have Aquavit)
                  1/3 cup kosher salt
                  1/3 cup sugar
                  2 T crushed black peppercorns (I put the peppercorns in a ziplock bag and go at them with a hammer or the side of a meat tenderizer)
                  4 oz fresh dill sprigs

                  Put one half of the salmon skin down in a container, sprinkle the aquavit equally on the two halves of salmon, mix the sugar/salt/pepper and rub some on each half of salmon (you'll have some left over). Place the dill evenly over the salmon, over, flesh side down with the other half. Cover with remaining sugar/salt/pepper mixture. Cover w/ saran wrap and weigh down with a heavy can. Leave out for 6 hours, then turn the salmon over, recover, weigh down, and refrigerate. I refrigerate for a minimum of 24 hours, which is usually enough, though you can do it for longer. Turn the salmon once or twice again during that time. To serve, remove the mixture on the flesh and slice - you can either slice thin, to serve on bread/toast points as an hors d'oeuvres, or slice thicker pieces (as if you were cutting bread - maybe 1/4 inch) and serve as an appetizer. Will post the mustard sauce later ....

                  1. re: MMRuth

                    Here's the link to the mustard sauce recipe (posted about seven months later!):


              2. re: gastronomy

                How about grilling up some Seafood. It's always a nice refreshing way to enjoy the weather. This thanksgiving we grilled up some Spiny Lobsters, made some "cole slaw" with Jicima and Apples and then made up some Oyster Stuffing... It was GREAT! :)

            3. How exotic :) For a new twist on my go to rack of lamb, our friends roasted a whole side of lamb last year in a pit in their back yard. Everyone loved it, plus the enitre process was a great part of the entertainment for the evening. Could you do somethinglike that?

              1. Question: fancy impressive or casual impressive?

                Casual: fried turkey; grilled flank steak with corn on the cob smothered in basil butter; garlic/butter dungenese crab ; Swedish meatloaf with a sherry mushroom gravey.

                Fancy: individual Beef Wellingtons; whole lobsters; chicken breasts wrapped with Ky. country ham cooked in a mushroom wine sauce; scallops and beef tenderloin stir fried with snow peas, homemade beef comsome and homemade tomato aspic with beef tenderloin as the main course

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                1. re: Janet

                  hmmm- this all sounds so good- questions to be answered: mostly 4-6ppl. so small dinners- we bbq a lot aorund here so some different ideas are welcome- more on the casual side but impressive! :)

                2. For dessert -- Pavlova. A large meringue with the addition of vinegar and cornstarch (4 egg whites, 250g sugar, 2 T cornstarch, and 2 T white wine vinegar, plus vanilla, preheat oven to 350, lower to 300 when put in meringue, bake for an hour), topped with mounds of unsweetened whipped cream and lots of fruit. If fruit isn't peak, adding a little syrup (I like balsamic and brown sugar with strawberries, or last week I added some lime juice and coconut syrup to mangos) or roasting the fruit is nice.

                  1. This time of year I like to do New England nights.

                    First course is salad made with mixed baby greens (from my garden), walnuts, raw corn, dried cranberries, and goat cheese tossed with olive oil and sea salt.

                    Second course is Fresh steamers with a broth of water, beer, sea salt, chopped shallots, and parsley.

                    Third course is a green bean salad made with steamed green beans, smoked mozzarella, black olives, red potatoes, and olive oil. I season it with coarse pepper and garlic, then toss in olive oil. It's very healthy and refreshing.

                    Then come the lobsters! Served with butter and sliced fresh fruits as a pallet cleanser.

                    Dessert is fresh strawberry shortcake.