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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

What would you serve?

I'm having some girlfriends over Saturday. Now that the weather is behaving, I think I can move forward with my plan to prepare some type of soup or stew. It's easier on me (Break out the programmable slowcooker!), it makes the house smell fabulous and who doesn't love comfort food when the weather turns cool?

I'm thinking of going with heavy appetizers with some light ones thrown in for freshness and then something sweet to round things out. I'm making a take on chicken potpie, serving the stew (chicken, mirepoix, tarragon, potatoes, etc...) in ramekins and topping each with leaf-shaped puff pastry (thanks Pepperidge Farm!) just before serving. For dessert? An apple-pear crisp (with good vanilla ice cream for those who dig à la mode).

Any other ideas for an apps menu? Maybe some kind of a kebab...? I thought about white chicken chili instead of the "pot pie." (By the way, if you are in the market for some really, really inexpensive ramekins, check out the Target near you. I went a couple of days ago and they had some small ones for 2 for $1. Insane!)

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at 5:07 PM Blogger Stepf said...

I made mushroom pate for a party last weekend. My girlfriends love it as an alternative to other "dips" and spreads. I used a version of the Joy of Cooking recipe.

at 5:10 PM Anonymous nicejewishgirl said...

Hi Nicci-
Forget Pepperidge Farm (uses hydrogenated oil-not butter), Trader Joe's now has an all butter puff pastry available in the frozen dessert section. I used it the other day to make little chocolate turnovers. Not to shamelessly plug my blog, but I made a facsimile of Myra's Thai Pumpkin Soup the other day and I posted the recipe. I've been eating it all week and it's perfect fall food. You could even make it in the crockpot.

at 10:09 PM Blogger Nicci King said...

Ooh... I didn't know, NiceJewishGirl! Thanks for the heads up about TJ's brand! I am there. (How the heck can they call something puff pastry and not use butter?! Besides, trans fat is so out...)

And mushroom pate sounds yummy, Stepf. Seems like it would be good on crostini!

at 10:06 AM Anonymous Schottzie03 said...

Ground Italian sausage+Velveta=Smiley Faces.

Put it on tiny rye toast.

Or, depending on what kind of gathering it is...everyone sit around in a circle and eat it from the bowl with spoons.

That's how I roll.

at 10:20 AM Anonymous nicejewishgirl said...

Schotzie03--I believe those are known round these parts as "hanky pankys".

at 12:28 PM Blogger Nicci King said...

Meant to follow-up Monday, but you know how things go...

I made white chicken chili and it was FABULOUS. I hate to blow my own horn, but, beep beep!

I didn't have to babysit it which made for a stress-free morning before my friends came. You could smell the deliciousness from the porch. Cannellini beans, Great Northern beans, chicken, chilies, onion and lots of spices thrown into a slow cooker. Mmm... I cut up some veggies, served them with a spicy ranch dip. I made an apple crisp topped with a little all-natural Turkey Hill vanilla bean ice cream and all was right with the world. You know you've done good when people ask for the recipes before they leave. :-)

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