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Jul 7, 2008 11:34 AM

Beach House Dinners

Hello all,

My boyfriend and I are renting a house in Cape Cod with his parents and sister for a week. I volunteered to do some of the cooking and I am trying come up with some ideas for dinners. I think the best choice would be recipes without tons of ingredients or specialized cookware since we will be staying in someone's home. So far I came up with Pasta with Pesto, Hamburgers, Crab Cake and Sausage with Peppers. Any other good suggestions?

Many thanks!

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  1. Personally, I would find a good local grocery store, buy some freshly made roasted chicken, salad makings, local corn, and go out for ice cream for dessert. Not a big fan of spending my vacation cooking. Also, unless you are well versed with the quality/availability of the kitchen equipment, you are asking for trouble. If that won't satisfy, I would suggest capitalizing on local ingredients - seafood (lobster, clams, mussels, shrimp), produce (corn, blueberries, tomatoes, etc). The more simple you can structure the meals, the happier you will be. Where will you be traveling from and what method of transportation? Can you bring some cookware/ingredients with you? Our family's favorites at the beach include many variations on seafood salad (Crab Louis, pasta salad, etc) as seafood is a big treat for us in the MidWest. How about your own version of lobster rolls?

    1. I am with Diane...lots of seafood, lobster, etc but as little cooking as possible. Most rentals on the Cape have a grill, so you can grill just about anything you want.

      1. It's also nice to bring some already prepared meals from home that you can put in the freezer, i.e., meat sauce, chili, etc. It can help to know that there's a home-cooked meal available without too much fuss. But I agree with everyone so far: take advantage of local ingredients.

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        1. re: susan1353

          this is a good pasta such as lasgana or stuffed shells...throw it the oven make a salad ...

        2. I'm in kind of the same boat. I am cooking dinner most nights for our family beach trip, and we are a group of 14 - 3 little kids, 4 teens, and the rest adults, so it's kind of a challenge.

          I'm having Frogmore stew for one night, and we're grilling chicken and london broil for a make your own taco bar another night - I'll make some good homemade pico de gallo and guac to go with it. For the first night, my mom made up 3 pans of her yummy homemade lasagna - she's packing it frozen, and we're letting it thaw on the way down to the beach. I am throwing in a couple of cryo vac pork loins, for later in the week.

          Have fun!!!

          1. For something inexpensive and easy, I'd go for a brisket. Toss it in one of those oven bags, cook it for half a day, and you'll have leftovers for sandwiches. It will be minimal labor and allow you to spend time with your relatives. Maybe some store-bought potato salad, etc.........., well, you get the idea.