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gastronomy Aug 8, 2007 08:05 AM

Its my Husbands birthday on the 14th and its his first b-day as a married couple. :) I want to make him a really special dinner- We love all foods except he is not a fan of many vegetables. I cook almost every night so i am looking for one of those really special menus. Time consuming is okay as is many courses. Thanks!

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    Diane in Bexley RE: gastronomy Aug 8, 2007 09:47 AM

    What does your husband like? Is he into meat, poutry, fish, seafood? If it were my husband (Mr. Meat & Potatoes), it would be oysters on the half shell, cesar salad, prime rib or steak, potato gratin, creamed spinach and Bday cake. What types of cuisine does he like (Chinese? Italian? French? Greek?) Let us know and we can help with menu suggestions and recipes.

    1. JungMann RE: gastronomy Aug 8, 2007 10:41 AM

      I agree with Diane. If it were me, I would love if my SO prepared my favorite foods as a large degustation. It doesn't even need to match (and it wouldn't given that some of my favorite foods are Filipino, Arab, Austrian, Spanish and English). It shows a lot of love if you can put together something that says you know him.

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        chowser RE: JungMann Aug 8, 2007 10:46 AM

        Definitely--there are far too many dishes that would fit in the OP's request but making his favorites (maybe childhood?) would be special. For my husband's birthday one year, most of the dishes I made for him were bacon based since he loves bacon and I rarely make it.

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        bear RE: gastronomy Aug 8, 2007 10:43 AM

        You could consider the beef wellington from The Joy of Cooking. My sister makes it and it is very good, and elegant.

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          gastronomy RE: bear Aug 8, 2007 11:08 AM

          Thanks everyone- He really likes most foods- meat and potatoes, pasta, anything deep fried, pizza etc. We went to paris for our honeymoon and he really loved the french onion soup, crouq monsieur and french fries- he also loves roasted rack of lamb, potatoes, cream sauced pastas bacon etc. any menu suggestions?? :)

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            jfood RE: gastronomy Aug 8, 2007 11:14 AM

            OK remove the oysters from jfood's suggest and substitute with onion soup. if you need a great (albeit long time-frame) resto, will be glad to post.

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              Marge RE: gastronomy Aug 8, 2007 11:36 AM

              I would do French onion soup, roast rack of lamb with fresh mint chutney, garlic mashed potatoes, and whatever salad/vegetable he likes. Mr. Marge loves chocolate souffle, so that is what he gets once a year for his birthday dessert.

          2. jfood RE: gastronomy Aug 8, 2007 11:03 AM

            Happy Husband reporting in. Time consuming are the key words.

            For a starter jfood recommends something lite given the temperature and a display of oysters on the half shell sets the tone.

            Jfood would LOVE to have a wonderfully prepared braised pot of short ribs over polenta for a special b'day entree at home with mrs jfood. The flavors are deep and sensual and the polenta is a perfect side dish. When hubby walks in the house he will smell the treats to follow. (pretty silly on the entree in this heat though, sorry)

            For dessert, creme brulee with chocolate dipped strawberries. You can feed them to each other.

            And the jfoods have been married for almost 27 years and each of these dishes have been served at home.

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              WCchopper RE: jfood Aug 8, 2007 11:27 AM

              I love the short ribs suggestion, but since it is August, I would do a nice green salad a little goat cheese souffle to start instead of the onion soup. That would start the meal on a cooler note so that the guest of honour isn't sweating by the time the short ribs arrive.

            2. lupaglupa RE: gastronomy Aug 8, 2007 11:11 AM

              I agree with posters who call for his favorites - BUT - if you often cook him his favorites and that wouldn't be so special, why not re-create a special meal you've had together? Like the meal you ate on your first date, or the best meal from your honeymoon or something similar.

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                Jimbosox04 RE: gastronomy Aug 8, 2007 11:55 AM

                How about just a bunch of appetizers of many of the styles of foods he loves....kinda like a Dim Sum (SP?) supper. Chinese Teriyaki, Buffalo Wings, Fresh English Style Fries or maybe Potato Skins with bacon, scallion, and cheese cheese cheese., if he is a beer drinker, a few different specialty beers. I am a man and my thinking would be if you cook all them nice meals all the time how about some relaxing comfort foods and a low stress day for both of you to enjoy. Maybe along with a movie or sports DVD of something he truly loves.

                My wife will sit and watch a Red Sox game with me and we share some nachos, its special for both of us, quality relaxing time.

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                  JungMann RE: Jimbosox04 Aug 8, 2007 11:56 AM

                  I, like many a man, would go wild for that meal. It's not exactly a show-stopper, but it certainly has my mouth watering.

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                    Jimbosox04 RE: JungMann Aug 8, 2007 12:01 PM

                    MEN, IMHO, dont want show stoppers, we want to relax and chow on some comfort foods. You could set up a room with all his favorite sport decorations or something of that style and invite maybe 3 to 4 of his close friends.

                    Taco bars always work too !!

                    When the party dies down, he will he happy as a pig in S@*T and all his friends will brag about his party and why thier wives don't do that for them.

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                    jinet12 RE: Jimbosox04 Aug 11, 2007 07:08 AM

                    My Dad would still, to this day, have a bunch of great apps, rather than a big meal...On Father's day, or birthday, that is what we do for him, and he loves it...

                  3. ajs228 RE: gastronomy Aug 8, 2007 12:06 PM

                    An occasion like that, you can't go wrong with a big steak. Maybe throw in a lobster tail. There's something about a large piece of prime, medium-rare beef that can never be matched for most men.

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                      swsidejim RE: ajs228 Aug 8, 2007 12:47 PM

                      You are so correct. A nice medium rare prime porterhouse steak(at least 20 oz.), and a lobster tail would be a definite birthday treat.

                      good call.

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                      Diane in Bexley RE: gastronomy Aug 8, 2007 12:42 PM

                      One of Mr. Diane's favorites is baked steak - a 3 or 4 lb. sirloin broiled on one side, turn over and season with s&p, garlic. Make sauce with 1 cup Heinz ketchup (no laughing!), juice from 1/2 lemon, 1/2 stick melted butter, 3 T Lea & Perrins. Cover steak with sliced onion rings, pour over sauce. Bake in 400 degree oven for 20-30 min for med rare (125 on meat thermometer). The leftovers (Mr. Diane can eat 1/2 of steak himself!) are great for steak sandwiches on French rolls.

                      For potato gratin - grease shallow 9X13 oval or rectangular baking dish. Thinly slice 2 1/2 lbs. Yukon gold potatoes, shred 1/2 lb. Swiss or Gryuere cheese, dice 1 large onion. Layer potatoes, onions & cheese in baking dish and seson layers with s&p, grated nutmeg. Combine 3/4 cup chicken or beef broth with 3/4 cup heavy cream, pour over vegetables. Bake in 375 oven covered for 45 min. Uncover and bake 45 more min, till potatoes are crispy and liquid is absorbed. You can make ahead and refrigerate and re-heat before serving.

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                        gastronomy RE: Diane in Bexley Aug 8, 2007 01:05 PM

                        Wow thank you all for your great replys! I am torn now between two ideas- We do make steak once a week but rarely rack of lamb- (however your baked steak recipe did just make me re consider)! I was thinking however either roasted and crusted rack of lamb (Recipes welcome) with either mashed or Gratin potatoes or homemade french fries since he loves them so much and i almost never make them- or some of his fave finger foods- im going to skip the french onion soup (maybe our anniversary) so i still need a good app. idea- maybe something fried if i dont do french fries. chocolate cake for dessert of course! :) We live in the Bahamas and it is crawfish season right now- we have been eating it non stop.... not to make anyone jealouse or anything :)

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                          Emme RE: gastronomy Aug 8, 2007 05:38 PM

                          For a fried app, perhaps fried zucchini blossoms if available. You could also do fried mozzarella, fried ravioli, panelle or arrancini:

                          Giada Recipe for Arancini http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

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                            Diane in Bexley RE: gastronomy Aug 9, 2007 05:58 AM

                            The September edition of Bon Appetit magazine has a family dinner with Gordon Ramsay that features rack of lamb, gravlax for appetizer, and a potato gratin. Rack of lamb is very easy - have the butcher french the bones (remove fat & clean tips), cover them with foil so they don't burn. I like to start my rack in a blazing hot skillet with a little EVOO. Season with s&p, garlic and fresh rosemary. Brown well on both sides, then dip into mixture of 2 cups fresh breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup dijon or English mustard. Sprinkle 1 T melted butter over and roast in 375 oven for 15-20 min. I take out the lamb at 125 degrees (med rare) and let rest for 10 min. You can use potato gratin recipe above. Sauteed cherry tomatoes or ratatouille would be a good veg.

                            The gravlax mentioned in the Bon Appetit article is surprisingly easy to make as well. You make a paste from kosher salt, a little sugar and fresh dill (sorry don't have propotions handy). You just need to start it a few days before you want to serve so it can cure. The recipe calls for an overnight cure, but I usually give salmon a 2 or 3 day cure.

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                              gastronomy RE: Diane in Bexley Aug 9, 2007 07:04 AM

                              Thanks for the grat recipes!! Your rack of lamb is very similar to mine except i never added melted butter- sounds like i will have to start incorperating that! yummm!

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                                Diane in Bexley RE: gastronomy Aug 9, 2007 07:09 AM

                                You're welcome! I feel a touch of butter is needed to help the breadcrumbs brown properly and get crispy.

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