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 Post subject: what to cook for my parents
PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 1:02 pm 
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my parents took care of both our crazy dogs and came to our house to feed my guinea pigs and water my garden while my husband and i went on two different trips so i would like to make them a nice meal. i cant figure out what to make.

i made them the dilly stew once before and they loved it but i dont want to repeat.
i was going to make the mushroom stroganoff but my mom doesnt like mushrooms
i let my mom borrow my copy of IDI one time when we were gone and i know she already made the sweet potato gnocchi.

i was thinking of the bean and leek cassoulet from vcon but i dont want to turn my oven on in the summer and it takes too long to make.

i was thinking maybe the enchilada casserole from IDI but i dunno it seems a bit involved.
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I think the enchilada casserole is a nice idea - it does look involved but I figure that's a prerequisite of cooking a thank you dinner for someone?

I think that warm potato salad served along anything grilled would be an amazing dinner. Bean burgers, potato salad, grilled asparagus? I'm always recommending people make the tempeh orzilla, substitute sautéed tofurky Italian sausage if you don't want tempeh. Or the white beans in sherry breadcrumb gravy on potatoes. I was super impressed with the ease and flavour in that one.

Snobby joes from Vcon is one of my favourites to make for omnis and doesn't warm the house up, but I don't know if that counts as a "nice meal".

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I agree that the things I'd make as a thank you meal are more involved than what I would typically make for dinner... that said, one of my favorite things that has been a huge hit for grilling is to make shish kebabs with seitan and veggies, using the jerk seitan marinade recipe from VWAV. That plus the coconut rice and greens would be very nice but not a crazy amount of work if you can get store-bought seitan, and wouldn't heat up the house too much.


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Maybe a cold buffet if you don't want to heat up the place? A couple original salads, some kind of canape, olives, salted nuts, tortilla chips with a dip... That can feel special without necessarily being too involved. And after all maybe your parents wouldn't want you to exhert yourself either.

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let me rephrase so i sound less jerky. it's not that i *dont want* to put in a lot of effort it's that i have a 14 month old who is constantly attached to me so i dont really have 2 hours to make something. ive made the enchilada casserole a few times before and i believe it took me quite awhile.

plus i just remembered i think the enchilada casserole has mushrooms in it. AND you need the oven.

maybe a nice risotto and a salad?

im also planning on making dessert too so there is the time i need to make that.

also nice doesnt have to mean fancy. im just looking for a yummy meal to make them.

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I haven't made it yet but I bet that basil rissoto from IDI would be really good and seasonal. You could do a simple tomato salad or maybe a bruschetta. The groccchi basil soup was easy too since it relied on premade gnocchi.

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You don't sound jerky!

Minatomachi's idea is good, you could assemble some parts a day or two before. I really like doing "salad trio" dinners in the summer, especially if I can make one or two ahead of time. Throwing some nice breadsticks and dips in to the mix, with olives and marinated mushrooms for the mushroom eaters is a great dinner on a hot night. And still an excellent excuse to make that warm potato salad ;)

The IDI risottos do look really nice, though I've never made them and can't recommend one over the other.

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My quick go-to for company (at least lately) is baked ziti, salad and garlic bread. Just cook the pasta, add the sauce and bake it with daiya or cashew cheese. I'll make a cashew caesar salad or just use Annie's goddess dressing make a quick garlic bread. You can prep the salad in advance.

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A trio of cold salads: pasta salad, chickpea salad, and salad salad. It's summer on the east coast, you can't be turning that oven on unless it's an absolute necessity. They'll get that.

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Risotto with a big, beautiful salad on the side!

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i think risotto might win out and maybe the stonefruit salad from the blog.
at least with risotto even though it takes a long time if i need to leave cooking because the baby needs me i can just hae someone else stir

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i think risotto might win out and maybe the stonefruit salad from the blog.
at least with risotto even though it takes a long time if i need to leave cooking because the baby needs me i can just hae someone else stir
I've made risotto for dinner parties lots of times and it always goes over well because it's not "weird." As for the stirring time, someone is always happy to keep you company and chat, and it's a nice opportunity for a few quiet minutes in the middle of hostessing.

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 Post subject: Re: what to cook for my parents
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What about having a BBQ and making some marinated kabobs and some salads (potato, bean, pasta, etc.). Then you can avoid turning on the oven. Otherwise I think risotto is a great idea.

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