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    Dinner for 8 ~ Help it seems boring

    Mon Jul 29, 2002 6:58 pm Groupie
    I am having a small indoor/outdoor casual gathering buffet style and this is the menu so far

    Honey-Baked spiral Ham (served cold)
    BBQ'd pepper/pineapple/cherry tomato kabobs
    4-bean salad
    roasted red potatoes (room-temp)

    dessert will be cheese cake from costco.

    How should I change this it seems so dull. I was trying to make it easy for both DH and I. This way I can prepare everything ahead and Steve only has to BBQ the kabos. Do you think I should also add sugar-snap peas or something.
    Mon Jul 29, 2002 9:00 pm Groupie
    Tami, your dinner sounds just fine. My thoughts would be to have some very spiffy mustards and/or relishes/chutneys for those who want a little something extra with their ham.

    Also, besides the rolls, how about serving some cornbread too? I think it would go well with your dinner icon_smile.gif

    I really like Laura Divine's Buttermilk Cornbread and, with its touch of honey, would go particularly well with the ham. Also, I make these frequently when guests are here for dinner: Cornbread Muffins. Very easy to whip together.

    Sugar snap peas would make a yummy addition; any green vegetable -- even a green salad -- would be great.

    Also, you don't mention pre-dinner munchies or appetizers. Do you want to serve some?
    Mon Jul 29, 2002 10:22 pm Groupie
    The meal sounds just fine, and easy to prepare for. i agree that perhaps you should look at apps, and dress up the dessert. Full tummies don't argue!

    Perhaps some good cheese and crackers for apps, or maybe a fresh tomato-mozzarella-cucumber app... fresh salsas with soft tortillas.... some focaccia with a tapenade...

    Dress your desserts with a lovely garnish and a fine wine and everyone will have a lovely time! icon_smile.gif
    Mon Jul 29, 2002 11:34 pm Groupie
    I would look for a snappy easy appy and perhaps add some kind of Slaw to the menu
    Withor without these additions I'd love tocome to the dinner!! Have Fun
    Tue Jul 30, 2002 2:09 am
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    Tamibic, I think your menu is great! If you want to dress it up a bit - Cranberry Chutney for Ham - would perk up your ham and you can make it in 5 mins. Buy a plain cheesecake and top it with Raspberry Topping for Cheesecake - you can do this the day before. Instead of adding a green vegetable, you could just serve your bean salad on bed of romaine or leafy green lettuce, garnished with chopped fresh parsley or cilantro. You could make no cook veggie kabobs with your cherry tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, sliced goat cheese and peppers, drizzled with an oil and vinegar dressing. You know, I just love thinking of easy ways to dress up foods! I hope you don't mind my playing with your menu. *^-^*
    Tue Jul 30, 2002 3:28 am Groupie
    A leafy tossed salad thrown together at the last minute could be a nice addition. You could have all of the ingredients ready - just wash the leaves at the last minute and throw all sort soft prechoped veggies on top (canned olives, artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes, bottled roasted pepper strips, etc - things you can pull out of a can, rinse,and throw into your salad greens to dress them up. Heck -you could even buy prebagged salad greens and sliced fresh veggies from the grocery.

    If you have a big glass pitcher or punch bowl , you could serve a German Bowle. I just posted several recipes - it is a real conversation item. However, it is a wine punch, so this would not work out for folks who don't drink.
    Tue Jul 30, 2002 2:45 pm Groupie
    The meal sounds great so far!
    How about having this salad too? It can be made ahead, you could add pineapple, beets, maybe some asparagus...etc whatever appeals to you...

    Ensalada Mixta

    Enjoy your party!

    -canarygirl icon_smile.gif
    Fri Aug 02, 2002 2:19 am Groupie
    Just a serving suggestion; We went to a "luau" or Hawaiian party and they served cheese and sausage tidbits on picks stuck into pineapples. Cute, and edible.
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