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The Boss is Coming to Dinner...How does my menu sound?

Everyone that responds always gives such good suggestions, so I thought I'd give it a try again. The boss and his wife are coming to dinner and then we are going to brave the cold and watch a hockey game outside. My menu is focused on comfort food...I have a toddler so there's not much time to make something labor intensive/super gourmet. Here is my menu:

Antipasto platter: yummy salami, cherub tomatoes, marinated bocconcini, pepperonicini, and homemade boule

Lasagana
Big salad with vinaigrette

Dessert...I'm a bit stuck here. Suggestions? I was thinking a sorbet with a decent cookie of some sort or affogato plus yummy cookie?

What do you all think?

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  1. Your menu sounds good; may I suggest a nice crusty bread and for the dessert, since you're going outside after the meal, I wouldn't serve sorbet just because I'd want something warm like a bread pudding or cobbler. JMO

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    1. re: Cherylptw

      The sorbet/affogato was all I could come up with. I agree that something cold prior to heading outside isn't the best choice...Your cobbler idea sounds good. Thanks for your reply.

      1. re: super_b

        I'm not generally big on Italian desserts, but I have been wanting to try this recipe for vin santo cake with creme fraiche:

        http://uktv.co.uk/food/recipe/aid/588793

        1. re: Procrastibaker

          That sounds GOOD...Is it meant to be very dense since there's no leavening agent? I wonder how it would do at our altitude (I'm at 7500 ft). Another good idea!

      2. re: Cherylptw

        That's what I was thinking. Warm dessert. Mabye a flourless chocolate cake, timed to come out of the oven about when dinner starts. Not as fussy as a souffle, but warm, comforting, serve it with vanilla ice cream.

        1. re: Cherylptw

          boule = bread

          As for dessert, since the rest of your menu is Italian, I'd suggest an Italianate dessert - storebought if necessary, like cannoli or panna cotta. Or tiramisu or another form of trifle.

        2. I like the idea of a warm dessert, but something light also sounds good, given the lasagna. Maybe a good fruit crisp with ice cream? Rhubarb? Or you could do brownies with hot fudge & ice cream, but cut the brownies small and do multiples for the guys?

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          1. re: foiegras

            Rhubarb is not really in season yet, unless you can find it frozen.

            One idea you can do with cut up brownies is to layer them in a pretty plain glass bowl with whipped cream, hot fudge and raspberries. A Brownie trifle - it's awesome.

            1. re: Phurstluv

              Yes, frozen is what I had in mind. My grocery always has it in the frozen fruit section.

          2. Your menu sounds just great. For a warm desert that you can prepare ahead of time and put in the oven to bake while you're eating, try Nigella Lawson's gooey chocolate puddings:

            http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ni...

            they are wonderful and simple. must serve with whipped cream.

            1. I'd make Amanda Hesser's Almond Cake. You can make it up to a week in advance & serve it with fresh fruit & whipped cream if you like.

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              1. re: Snorkelvik

                Like that one!

                How 'bout a selection of fancy cookies, fresh strawberries and a few cannoli thrown in for good measure. From my experience, after a heavy meal, people really love something light, and cookies are ideal. You can even toss around a few chocolates, that way they can take whatever they fancy.

                The meal sounds lovely by the way.

                1. re: millygirl

                  I love, love, love that cake as well. Mmm. I also like the idea of doing an after-dinner hot drink with cookies rather than a full-on dessert.

                  1. re: Procrastibaker

                    ok...just looked at the almond cake recipe...i'm drooling at my computer. unfortunately, dinner is tomorrow night, so aging the cake for 2 weeks is kind of out of the question. but I will be making it in the very near future. yummy.

              2. If you're going to a hockey game, why not serve some sort of cake, and hot chocolate, for dessert? If you want to get really festive, you can spike the hot chocolate.

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                1. re: shaogo

                  Yes. Homemade churros and hot chocolate would work for me at the rink. Substitute a homemade cruller for the chuuros if you want. Brandy in the hot chocolate goes without saying.