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Dinner for 4 in a 16" x 16" x 8" container

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ola Jun 9, 2010 05:37 PM

We are going to the SF Giants game this weekend and want to provide dinner for the friends who were kind enough to invite us. Any suggestions for a menu that can be easily eater from plastic plates perched precariously on our knees, will taste good after traveling two hours and will fit in a soft-sided cooler no larger than 16" x 16" x 8"?

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    ola Jun 13, 2010 09:31 PM

    Giants game was perfect - weather in the high 70s and a Giants win! Dinner was chicken parmigiana sandwiches (thanks for the tip of wrapping in butcher paper and foil. They stayed toasty), Greek lentil salad, cucumber and red pepper salad, fresh pea pods, homemade lemon bars and cherries from the Farmer's Market.

    1. c oliver Jun 10, 2010 07:34 AM

      Just had a thought. Is it too late to pick up four bento boxes? You could do all finger food (and make it damn fine ff) and it wouldn't be precarious to hold onto. And that would certainly make it more special from an aesthethics standpoint also. As a matter of fact, I think I'M going to buy some also.

      1. MikeB3542 Jun 9, 2010 10:23 PM

        Fried chicken (bought or prepared the day before and refrigerated), potato salad, raw veggies (carrots, celery, broccoli), fresh fruits (seedless grapes, strawberries). Kind of classic picnic food. Make as low brow or high brow as you wish.

        Hmmm. San Fran. You could just bring some sourdough baguettes, some sliced soprasatta capicola and provolone, some olive salad or giardiniera, and put together muffalettas.

        1. Caroline1 Jun 9, 2010 07:31 PM

          As c oliver has mentioned, it can be cooooooold, so if you have (or can borrow) a couple of really large thermoses, any kind of hot soup or chili would be great. Then a hot sandwich -- hoagie//submarine/French roll/whatever -- would hit the spot. If you decide on cheese steak, you have to invite me! It's always a matter of personal preference, but I would avoid paper plates as much as possible. Dixie makes some great "Grab and Go" thermal cups with sip top lids that would keep the soup/chili warm and seriously reduce spills. For the hot sandwiches, I would wrap them in butcher/freezer paper first, then add an outer layer of aluminum foil, and add a hot brick or whatever to the chest. Whatever you decide on, have fun and may there be NO rain....!

          1. c oliver Jun 9, 2010 06:37 PM

            I don't know what the forecast is but you do know, don't you, that it can be damn cold even at Pac Bell Park on a summer night. At Candlestick many, many summers ago, we were freezing at a nighttime game and had on wool sweaters, turtlenecks, etc.

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              c oliver Jun 9, 2010 08:40 PM

              Yikes! Supposed to be low 80s in SF this weekend. Warm weather dinner,for sure.

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                ola Jun 9, 2010 10:08 PM

                Many years ago, I pulled out a ski parka for a trip to Tahoe and discovered a ticket stub from a Giants game at Candlestick.

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                  c oliver Jun 10, 2010 07:31 AM

                  Yep. The sign of a true San Franciscan!

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                  Emme Jun 9, 2010 11:12 PM

                  if it's cold, and the hosts are amenable to spicy fare, i'd say go on the spicier side to generate inner heat :)

                  maybe a spicy flank steak salad with black beans and fire roasted chiles, and a nice spicy gazpacho to begin. some choc chip cookies or brownies or cheesecake brownies to finish!

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                  ediecooks Jun 9, 2010 06:33 PM

                  I make a pasta salad with some kind of twisty pasta (celentani it might be called?) but farfalle or orecchiete would work.....

                  in a big bowl combine chopped up feta, black olives, sundried tomatos, toss with baby spinach or arugula. when the pasta is cooked, drain it and toss it with all the other ingredients. dress with olive oil, salt and pepper and maybe some balsamic.

                  to make it more of a meal, add cooked cooled chicken breast to it. this kind of thing can be made with different cheeses/roasted peppers instead, etc.

                  it's my favorite kind of meal, all the stuff combined and can be eaten hot, cold or room temp.

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