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Photo by Cheepy
Home Town: West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
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I want to invite a couple over for the first time and would like the meal to be fabulous. His family owns a couple of Italian restaurants that are pretty impressive so I can't compete in that arena. I'd like an appy, main, and side dish that are upscale but not snooty, on the lighter side, and won't have me sweating in the kitchen all night. I don't ask for much, huh? I'm feeling a little intimidated which is new for me so I'm begging for help here! Puleeze help a sista out! Dinner won't be til next week so I can shop for any ingredients I might not have. :o)

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Last updated: Apr. 21, 2015 7:35 am
Posted: Oct. 3, 2012 3:41 pm
 
Commented by: Babbs
Oct. 3, 2012 3:47 pm
if you like stuffed mushrooms, these are amazing ----> http://www.food.com/recipe/kegs-mushroom-neptune-203480
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Babbs
Oct. 3, 2012 3:54 pm
wild rice casserole ----> http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/62244969/wild-rice-casserole/detail.aspx or how about potatoes ----> http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/62460143/warm-potato-salad/detail.aspx and finally... chicken ----> http://allrecipes.com/recipe/chicken-parmesan-bundles/detail.aspx (I don't add sauce to the chicken if I am not making pasta) good luck !
 
Cheepy
Oct. 3, 2012 6:48 pm
Thanks for sharing personal recipes, Babbs! I love mushrooms and I think they do too. :o)
 
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Recommended by: Baking Nana
Oct. 3, 2012 3:57 pm
Even if he is Italian - they would love this. Easy too.
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Cheepy
Oct. 3, 2012 6:51 pm
I do a great job with this one, why didn't I think of it? Thanks, Baking Nana! :o)
 
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Oct. 3, 2012 3:59 pm
 
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Recommended by: Connie-O
Oct. 3, 2012 4:00 pm
These two go great together.
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Cheepy
Oct. 3, 2012 6:53 pm
I'm completely impressed with these selections, Connie! And a salad, I think. Hmmmmm. Thanks! :o)
 
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Oct. 3, 2012 4:04 pm
I know a casserole sounds pretty lame, but trust me, this is amazing. My husband called friends over one night to try it because he couldn't get over how good it was. There is a video by Chef John too.
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Cheepy
Oct. 3, 2012 6:54 pm
How can it not be amazing when it has Gruyere? That's one of my fave cheeses. Thanks muchly! :o)
 
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Recommended by: gderr the dysfunctional
Oct. 3, 2012 4:12 pm
i wouldn't make a big deal out of this. the folks just want to be treated as you would the next-door neighbors. other folks, probably, went to extremes to impress them. why try? grill some ribs and corn, make some tater salad. serve cheap beer. enjoy yourself. this isn't an audition. i can come up with a ton of great southern recipes. oh...chill a watermelon, that's dessert. relax...they want to also! grab some paper plates and cheap beer, or box wine and RELAX!!
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gderr the dysfunctional
Oct. 3, 2012 4:14 pm
oh...i figure italian and seafood is out. burn some steaks...
 
Cheepy
Oct. 3, 2012 6:58 pm
Dude, you are TOTALLY right! It's not an audition! And honestly, they don't care but I really wanna make them an awesome dinner just because they're amazing people that I really want to do something special for. Ya know what I mean? :o)
 
Commented by: lisa j
Oct. 3, 2012 4:17 pm
This is fabulous. And easy. I only do easy! :)http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/2476/Artichoke-Chicken-En-Papillote95578.shtml
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Cheepy
Oct. 3, 2012 7:01 pm
I love you!!!! And I'm not even kiddin! I saved this over on a forum I belong to so I won't lose it. :o) :o)
 
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Oct. 3, 2012 4:23 pm
With these
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Cheepy
Oct. 3, 2012 7:02 pm
Ooooh! :o)
 
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Oct. 3, 2012 4:23 pm
For an appy
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Cheepy
Oct. 3, 2012 7:03 pm
Dang, you're GOOD! :o)
 
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Oct. 3, 2012 4:26 pm
I agree completely with gderr!! Relax and make it super casual. These poppers go in the oven easily and you don't have to "tend" the grill.
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Cheepy
Oct. 3, 2012 7:05 pm
I have to admit, I've never made poppers. This is a good idea! I hope you've been well Mimosa, and thanks so much for the recipe. :o)
 
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