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Jul 25, 2007 05:57 AM

Nero Wolfe/1930's Dinner Party

Hello -

A colleague of mine from Boston is moving down here (NC). I know she is a huge Nero Wolfe fan. I'd like to throw a Nero Wolfe dinner party (think 1930's dining) for about 8 of us. A dinner and an episode from the TV series from a few years back.

2 questions:

1. Has anyone tried the Nero Wolfe cookbook? How were the results?

2. Aside from NW, any other suggested recipes/sources?

Thanks in advance.


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  1. I haven't tried it, but I would recommend you really stick with classics, like devilled eggs and lamb chops with mint sauce. Definitely martinis. This could be interesting:

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    1. re: katecm

      Lamb chops with mint sauce? Wolfe would be apoplectic.

      The leg of lamb recipe in the Nero Wolfe Cookbook is very good and simple to prepare.

      i have made several of the recipes and they all seem to work well.

      I'm not so sure how easy it will be to find the NW cook book, but you could always just pick a dish from a story or book and improvise. I think it is a terrific idea. remember to wear a yellow shirt.

      1. re: FrankJBN

        And put some orchids on the table!

        1. re: debit

          Absolutely!!!! I have a few already.

    2. My mom is a huge Nero Wolfe fan, so I asked her your question. Here is what she said:

      "One thing that pops immediately into mind is fresh homemade sausage. Fritz was the name of his chef. But I don't think he actually made the sausage himself, although he could. He was a chef that could do anything."

      1. I have tried the "Devil's Rain" salad dressing from the Nero Wolfe cookbook--I remember it was a little involved to put together, but had a very good flavor.
        I envy you--this dinner will be so much fun to "accessorize", both food and decor!

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        1. re: blue room

          Thanks!!! I think it is a clever idea (someone else had suggested it, I wish I had myself). I think there is a place for both really easy parties and then more involved ones (like this). Different from each other, but both great.

        2. My mom reminded me that he loved beer.

          1. Wolfe believed "a guest is a jewel that rests on a cushion of hospitality". He sets the bar high!