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menu planning around lobster mac and cheese

My sister's birthday is coming up and there will be a dinner at our house. I know the entree will be lobster mac and cheese (I like Ina Garten's recipe) and we will have ice cream cake for dessert. It's the other choices that have me stumped. Does anyone have creative suggestions beyond a green salad and fresh fruit? Many thanks - Amy

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  1. Are you serving in courses? If so, you could work in a little more protein that way - a seared scallop appetizer using some seasonal vegetable (maybe corn or tomatoes) would be a nice light starter.

    1. I had another idea - but perhaps this is too rich and too similar to the mac and cheese - there is a warm French lentil salad with leeks and a dijon vinaigrette that I love and can be done ahead and served at room temp. Not sure.......

      1. I think some really sweet and juicy heirloom tomatoes dressed with a light shallot vinaigrette and fresh cracked black pepper might be nice. I love tomatoes with mac n cheese.

        1. I had lobster mac&cheese at a seafood restaurant recently. They served it accompanied by red potatoes and cole slaw. I relished the cole slaw, but took the potatoes home for another meal.

          I agree with the others recommending fresh tomatoes.

          1. i like the simple tomato idea; maybe gazpacho, depending on the seasonings in your mac and cheese.

            a shaved asparagus salad would work. so would a tossed julienne of fennel and carrots with almonds. either topped with a sharp vinaigrette.

            wherever you go, skip starch and skip dairy. :)

            i'd also do very crisp cookies with dessert, like ginger/lemon or a nutty biscotti. your foods are super soft.