(Closed) Favorite recipes!

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Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper

Hahaha, I never try to be impressive with that many people! I go for easy and customizable – like, taco salad where you can just put all the fixing on the table in separate bowls, and people can make their own however they like it.

Maybe that comes from having so many friends who are picky and allergic to everything though. πŸ™‚

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

For big meals I would normally do a brisket with potatoes.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

Do you have a favorite recipe you like to cook? I would pick something that is a favorite of yours! I’m sure they’ll love whatever you choose. I generally serve lasagna because it’s easy and I love my lasagna. πŸ™‚

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper

Okay, I just did a quick perusal of my AllRecipes recipe box πŸ™‚

Here’s my sample meal plan for you:

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Strawberry-Spinach-Salad-I/Detail.aspx Spinach and strawberry salad

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Baked-Slow-Cooker-Chicken/Detail.aspx slow cooker chicken (easy but delicious!)

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Sarahs-Applesauce/Detail.aspx homemade apple sauce

brown rice

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Baby-Carrots-And-Brussels-Sprouts-Glazed-With-Brown-Sugar-and-Pepper/Detail.aspx baby carrots and brussel sprouts

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Frozen-Peanut-Butter-Cheesecake/Detail.aspx and for dessert – peanut butter cheesecake!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

A roast with a few simple, traditional sides always seems to go over well.  We’ve had great success with roast chicken w/ herbed potatoes, roasted veggies, and a spinach salad…a pork tenderloin is always pretty, too (we don’t really eat much pork/beef, but will occasionally).

Risotto is pretty and something most people can/will eat…I’ve also made 101 cookbooks’ lasagna tart for a crowd (served with a big green salad) and that went over well–it’s simple fare, served in a new (prettier) way. http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/lasagna-tart-recipe.html

Pretty desserts go a long way, too!  Tarts, pies, or something like a layered mousse or panna cotta (sorry, I don’t know if I’m spelling that one right).  Apple or plum galettes are surprisingly simple and so pretty.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper

Here’s a totally different idea:

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Addictive-Sweet-Potato-Burritos/Detail.aspx sweet potato burritos

spanish rice (I cheat and make rice in the rice cooker ahead of time, and then stirfry it with a can of those diced tomatoes that have the jalapenos in them, can’t remember what they’re called – 1c rice (before cooking) to 1 can is a good ratio)

a veggie like corn or asparagus

and a dessert like http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Creamy-Caramel-Flan/Detail.aspx flan

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Here’s what I usually cook for large dinners, people seem to be impressed but the meal is still very easy:

1. First Course: Penne all’ Amatriciana
Penne pasta in a spicy red sauce with pancetta. The sauce takes like 10 minutes to make, toss in the pasta and serve immediately.

2. Main Course: Tuscan “hunter’s style” pork loin
Very tender, slow cooked pork loin. Once its cooked, slice up very thinly. You cook the pork with some veggies and liquids, and you make a simple sauce from the cooked veggies/liquids (just blend in a blender).

Sides: serve with braised sweet onions and fennel (you can do this ahead of time, and just warm when ready to serve).

You can cook the loin so thats its done by the time your guests arrive, then you just blend up the sauce, heat the onions/fennel, and make the pasta.

Let me know if you want the recipes, they are easy, but they are old Italian grandmother recipes, so everything is like “a cup” of this “a handful” of that, so if you are more comfortable with highly structured recipes it might not be a good fit.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

when ther eis alot of people we usually bbq carne asada make some rice & beans.. or bbq some ribs potato salad 

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