Post # 1
So, it’s the first time D H and I will be hosting his folks as a married couple. They are visiting us for a week (we moved to Italy in September last year.)
Anyway, so, science nerd that I am, I definitely do not feel like I have the hostess gene down – I don’t entertain much at all. Any general tips? (I made their room/the guest room as lovely as I could and the whole house got an extra good scrubbing, but all other ideas welcome!)
Specifically, what are your staple entertaining recipes? D H and I eat out a lot! And when we cook we tend to make ultra healthy simple meals, I wouldn’t really think they are guest appropriate… we’ll be taking my inlaws out to our favourite restaurants for sure, but they arrive at our house at 7pm tomorrow night after like 26 hours of travelling, so a simple meal at home would be best because they will be tired.
I’ve been checking out pinterest for ideas, but firstly, I don’t have time to try out a new and unrecommended recipe and secondly it is mostly single dish recipes. I need ideas on how to put a whole meal together!
Post # 2
We are kind of boring eaters but I generally try to have a main dish(usually meat for us), a veggie/salad and a starchy side for meals(hubby isnt a very brave veggie eater).
So like, one of our favorites is grilled/pan fried chicken breasts then topped with BBQ sauce, bacon and montery jack cheese then roasted until the cheese is nice and melted in the oven ans served with oven roasted green beans and red potatoes.
Parmesean/herb roasted chicken is another good one. We usually have fresh steamed broccoli with garlic butter and some kind of bread.
I know you said you are in Italy so this probably aren’t as appealing to you but a spaghetti with meat sauce and salad is always easy, as is chicken alfredo.
Another favorite meal of ours is cooking a roast in the crock pot with potatos and carrots, you can do it in the oven as well.
Post # 3
elliebee357 : I like to leave a basket of fruit and snacks in the guest room for people who haven’t stayed over before just in case they don’t feel comfortable going through the cupboards and fridge (even though I tell them it’s fine!)
For dinner tomorrow stick with something simple like a pasta or chicken dish, good bread, and a garden salad.
Post # 4
Thanks Bees, that’s helpful!
My father-in-law is italian so making pasta for him is always a bit nerve wracking! He is a sweetie, but veeeery particular when it comes to food. So the chicken could be the way to go, thanks hannahshope!
LilliV : love your idea of offering some fruit/snacks, I think they would probably really like that!
Post # 5
elliebee357 : Do you have a grill? A nice marinated chicken or steak with some roasted veggies/potatoes seems like it is always a crowd pleaser. Last week I had guests and made a greek marinated chicken with mediterranean potato salad. It was a big hit and very easy to do.
Post # 6
If I’m hosting new people I typically ask what they like to have in the fridge like types of creamer or coffee so I buy the kind they like. For example: my mom likes decaf coffee and cheerios so I try to ask her before she comes what I should have stocked so we don’t have to run to the grocery store all the time.
Post # 7
Choose something simple that you can execute! Baking a chicken is one of my favorite things to do, you can surround it with veggies like carrots and potatoes and they really soak up the cicken flavor that way. I usually do 18 mins per pound at 375 but up to 20 minutes. You can use a meat thermometer to check the internal temp and see if it’s done. Sides can be salads, roasted veggies, nice warm bread.
For a dinner party I always like to do a simple cake or cobbler and serve some fruit as well for dessert. check out A Cozy Kitchen blog by Adrianna Adarme for some really good recipes for entrees and especially desserts.
Post # 8
elliebee357 : Put out a nice antipasto they can nibble from:
prosciutto & or other sliced meat, a few nice cheeses, rustic bread, olives, pickled eggplant, cherry tomatoes, olive tapenade* and a nice big fresh salad.
Olive Tapenade- takes less than 1 minute to make but looks classy. I went online to find recipes for this after having some amazing olive tapenade in a restaurant:
a handful of kalamata olives
3 anchovie filets
olive oil, abouit 1/4 cup
lemon juice, adjust to taste
2-3 cloves garlic
Toss in blender until coarsely pureed but with chunks still in it.
Post # 9
I always go out beforehand to pick up some wine or a beverage that they like and some snacks they love. For example, my Future Mother-In-Law loves apple butter on her toast and biscuits, so I always make sure to have some handy. We also text quite often so I always ask her to share some of her recipes and it’s always nice to show them that you’re using them. Bonus points if you ask her to help out just so you have her magic touch! 🙂