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Jun 25, 2009 04:30 AM

Need Menu Suggestions, Please!

I recently started my dream job as a cook in a private residence. My 'new family' is very easy-going, and always open to new foods. I make up the menus for the week, and they are always happy to let me decide. I am very lucky!
I have a million ideas in my head, and sometimes it's hard to narrow it down, which brings me to tonights dilemma. What to make for a side dish. I am making stuffed flounder. The stuffing will either crab or vegetable based, not breadcrumbs. I plan on a seafood gazpacho (shrimp), as a starter, and roasted asparagus as the vegetable. So...what else? I think I've been making too many rice dishes lately, pilafs and orzo. They aren't overly fond of potatoes but they are an option. I am drawing a blank here! Help!
Thank you.

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  1. Potatoes O'Brien with a touch of maple syrup would be great.

    1. Hi - I don't know where you ar so I don't know what kind of weather you are having - but generally I am thinking summer. How about something cool and light - jicama cole slaw (just sub jicama for cabbage in any recipe); sliced cucumbers and red onions marinated in oil and vinegar, sour cream or yogourt; tabuli with lots of finely chopped red peppers and cucumbers and herbs that would complement the stuffing in the fish.
      Good luck and congratulations on the new job!

      1. Maybe a spinach/melon/feta or goat cheese salad, light and cool. Or a slaw like Fiona suggested. Congrats on your new job!

        1. The seafood app and entree, in summer, cry out for cucumbers (as mentioned above). I'd seed and slice the cukes with thinly sliced sweet onion, and sauce it with a dill vinaigrette. The idea of a lovely slaw is also cool.

          If the side must be a starch, why not make garlic/asiago toasts or something like that? Finally, with seafood one can always resort to using little red potatoes with interesting seasoning.

          1. How about cous cous w/diced cucumbers and tomatoes, maybe some feta?