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My newly minted Mother-In-Law is coming over for dinner

How does this sound for a menu? A green salad with chopped dried apricots and hazelnuts with a citrus-honey vinaigrette, kefta tagine served over cous cous, and then something for dessert?

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  1. Sounds lovely. Is this something she would enjoy? It isn't your typical meat and potatoes dinner. What about some homemade ice cream flavoured with orange flower water or rosewater. Even vanilla with honey and walnuts.

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    1. re: sarah galvin

      I like the idea of orange flower ice cream, and I do have an ice cream maker!

    2. Yeah, sounds good to me. I've found that it's more important to cook to the guest's tastes than what I like though. Most kefta I've had was lamb--that can be an issue with some eaters, so think of that. I always ask the person for their 3 favorite dishes and make something that is in that realm of taste.

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      1. re: hankstramm

        Yeah, I don't enjoy lamb, at all, so I make a definately not halal version with a mixture of beef and pork. And I have a tagine recipe that I think is enough like an italian-american dish (plus a whole lot of spices) that no one would be afraid to try it, it's made with garlic, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, and raisins, and cous cous is a kind of pasta, so that shouldn't be a problem.

      2. I like it, does she. Not everyone will like that. Just make sure she would enjoy that. My mother in law and father in law had very specific tastes even though they never said anything until after the meal. I should of looked deeper and some of my menues I wouldn't of made. I love grilled fruit with a nice citrus flavor over ice cream or frozen yogurt with some light crisp cookies for a simple easy desert. Most people like it. You can also top with some flavored liquor for a light twist or even a croissant then I have filled with the ice cream, easy to do, just poke a hole in one end and fill with semi soft icecream and then re freeze, Serve with warm grilled fruit and a topping of marcapone cheese and a drizzle of honey and powdered sugar, very cool and unique and a lot of fun

        1. By the time we got married, I knew my husband's mother pretty well and I made sure that the dinner I cooked was very traditional family style, exactly what she knew and loved. I didn't start throwing unusual stuff out from the kitchen until that third or fourth meal together! She can be a very good sport, but if she takes a bite and says "Oh how NEAT!" I know it's something I probably won't be making for her again.

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          1. re: Boccone Dolce

            " if she takes a bite and says "Oh how NEAT!" I know it's something I probably won't be making for her again."
            _______
            boccone dolce, so THAT is what "neat!" means. {;^D.

            1. re: alkapal

              Yup! My personal favorite is "interesting" - as in "Pureed zucchini bread soup? How interesting! Is that a family recipe?"

            2. re: Boccone Dolce

              LOL, same response from my in laws, Interesting or different or neat ... not a good sign. Hope everything goes well. I think the food sounded great.

            3. That sounds like a lovely meal. I was thinking something with orange blossom water and cardamom would be good for dessert. I love Deborah Madison's frozen honey mousse made with pistachios and orange blossom water...

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              1. re: Vetter

                I like the sound of that mousse, maybe replacing the pistachios with almonds or cashews because my husband doesn't care for pistachios.

              2. Your menu sounds delicious to me!

                Personally, I would be hesitant serving it to guests unless I was sure of their likes and dislikes. Three of the recipes (salad, dressing & main) have fruit in them - a combination that I've found many people are not open too. If I am unsure of their level of adventure I might do one dish that may push their boundaries a little, but I keep everything else within their comfort range. If the one unusual dish is not to their taste, there is always plenty of the rest to make the meal!

                1. To me, the entire menu sounds very sweet. Apricots and a honey dressing make the salad sweet, and raisins sweeten the tagine. That's just me -- I hate fruit and sweet things mixed with my mains; I like to save those for dessert. It's an acquired taste, I guess, and I just never acquired it!

                  1. zitroenmadchen, i keep waiting to find out what you made, and how it worked out! please report; we live vicariously through others' cooking adventures (well, many of us here on chowhound...;-).