What should i cook for my family?!


What should i cook for my family?

im looking for a meal idea for a family get together of 5 people. im open for anything..

Answers: You didn't mention how many of the 5 folks are kids or what their ages are, so perhaps you're having all adults. Nevertheless, here are some menu ideas:

1. Baked ziti with Turkey Italian Sausage; green salad; french bread with herbs and cheese
2. Beef stew with dumplings; baby lettuce salad with shaved parmesan and a vinagrette.
3. Chicken pot pie; spinach salad with candied walnuts, bacon, mandarin oranges and a dijon vinagrette
4. Pork roast with a white wine dijon sauce, mashed garlic potatos, glazed ginger carrots
5. Teriyaki salmon, grilled; seasoned ginger sweet potatos; fresh green beans with almonds
6. Swedish meatballs over noodles; peas
7. Baked macadamia nut crusted halibut; twice baked potatos; iceburg lettuce with shrimp and Thousand Island Dressing.
8. Stuffed flank steak (bread and sausage stuffing); sauteed spinach with garlic and parmesan; baked apples with cinnamon.
9. Chicken Caesar Salad; french bread; cheese platter with crisp red and green globe grapes
10. Lentil and Ham soup; warm Rosemary Potato bread and sweet butter; smoked gouda and Irish cheddar cheeses with fresh melon.
11. Spaghetti with meatballs and turkey Italian sausage; antipasti salad; hot garlic bread
12. Pork chops baked with saurkraut (mixed with chopped apple and brown sugar); mashed potatos; green beans
13. Macaroni and Cheese (made with cheddar, bleu, fontina, and american cheeses); meatballs; three bean salad.

The list goes on. With each you can have a fabulous dessert, such as apple crisp with vanilla bean ice cream, or chocolate chunk brownies. And, don't forget the wine! Try a good Merlot, Chianti, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon Blanc with any of the above. porkchops, mashed potatoes, salad with dressing and rolls. Maybe some sweet tea to drink. CHICKEN STRATA

16 slices bread
4 c. cooked diced chicken
1 lg. onion, chopped
1 lg. green pepper, chopped (optional)
1 c. mayonnaise
1/2 tbsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
3 eggs, slightly beaten
3 c. milk
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 c. sharp cheese, grated

Butter 4 slices of bread; cut into 1/2 inch cubes and set aside. Cut remaining bread into 1 inch cubes; place half in 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan. Combine chicken, vegetables, mayonnaise and seasonings; pour over bread cubes. Top with remaining cubes. Combine eggs and milk; pour over bread cubes. Cover and chill 1 hour or overnight. Spread soup on top; cover with buttered bread cubes. Bake 325 degrees for 50-60 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese during final 15 minutes. Yield: 12 servings Pot lasagna . You get some ground beef two spaghetti seasoning packs and two jars of Prego marinara sauce. Some Kraft shredded Pizza cheese and cheddar cheese. Buy some mosticolli pasta. Boil pasta while browning meat then add spaghetti seasoning and spaghetti sauce . Drain pasta and put in large skillet or pot and mix in meat then mix in cheese. Leave enough cheese to put on top and fill one of the sauce jars with water to thin out sauce so its not dry. Bake garlic bread and make salad. Make a lasagna. No matter how bad of a cook you are or what recipe you use, it's always good. I don't think I've ever eaten a bad lasagna. You can prepare it ahead of time. Have it all ready to put in the oven at least one hour before you're ready to eat. Bake it for about 45 minutes. Just make sure it sits at least 15 minutes before you cut into it so it stays nice and firm. Throw some italian bread in the oven after you slather it with butter and garlic. Toss a salad and you're good to go. Consider a main dish made using a crockpot because then you can just leave it and enjoy your family. Then you just need a couple of quick side dishes and you are set.

With this recipe you just need a quick salad and a yummy dessert and you are set.

Golden Chicken and Noodles


6 Boneless skinless chicken breast halves ( 1 1/2 lbs)
2 cn (10 3/4 oz. each) condensed broccoli cheese soup, undiluted
2 c Milk
1 small Onion, chopped
1/2 To 1 tsp. salt, optional
1/2 To 1 tsp. dried basil
1/8 ts Pepper
Hot cooked noodles

Cut chicken pieces in half; place in a 5 qt. slow cooker.

Combine the soup, milk, onion, salt if desired, basil and pepper; pour over chicken. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour.

Reduce heat to low; cover and cook 5-6 hours longer or until the meat juices run clear.

Serve over noodles.

Serving Size: Makes 6 servings Me hungry.. :( heres a idea

Cesar Salad
1/2 cup extra_virgin_olive_oil
Juice of 2 large lemons
2 tsp Worcestershire_Sauce
3 large garlic_cloves, peeled and split
1 can anchovy_fillets with oil
1 large egg (very fresh)
1/2 cup fresh shredded parmesan cheese
Freshly ground black pepper
Cherry_tomatoes (optional)
Romaine_lettuce leaves, washed and dried well (about 1 1/2 medium sized heads)
Your favorite croutons, cheese and garlic are great in this salad
12-24 hours before you plan on making the salad: Combine extra_virgin_olive_oil,anchovy oil and garlic in a glass jar. Shake well to combine. Do not refrigerate. Reserve anchovy filets and refrigerate.
Step: 2 To assemble the dressing: Remove garlic cloves from the oil mixture. Mash anchovy filets in a bowl.Juice the lemons and add the juice to the anchovy's.Add egg to the anchovy mixture and beat well.Combine anchovy mixture with the oil, add several grinds black pepper and mix well.

Step: 3 Just before serving, in a large salad bowl combine romaine, parmesan cheese and croutons.Add dressing and toss to mix well.
JFK Lobster Stew
6 live 1-pound lobsters
8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup dry Sherry (either amantillado or fino), plus 1/2 cup
6 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon paprika
Freshly ground black pepper
Chopped fresh parsley

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Plunge the lobsters head first into the boiling water, in batches, if necessary, and cook, covered, for 5 minutes. Transfer the lobsters with tongs to a large bowl filled with ice water to cool. When the lobsters are cool enough to handle, crack the shells, remove the tail and claw meat, and coarsely chop. Reserve the shells. Tightly cover the meat and refrigerate.
In a large Dutch oven, melt 4 ounces (1 stick) of butter over medium-high heat. Add the shells and cook, stirring, until they turn bright red, 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1 cup of the Sherry and bring to a boil. Cook until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Add the milk, cream, paprika, salt, and pepper, and return to the boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until slightly thickened, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Cover and refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight for the flavors to develop.

Remove the milk and shell mixture from the refrigerator and strain into a clean container through a fine mesh strainer. Set aside. In a large, heavy pot, melt the remaining 4 ounces (1 stick) of butter over medium-high heat. Add the chopped lobster meat and cook, stirring, until lightly colored, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of Sherry and increase the heat to high. Cook, stirring, to deglaze the pan and until reduced by half. Add the strained milk mixture and bring to a low boil. Simmer, stirring, until heated through.

Remove from the heat and adjust the seasoning, to taste. Spoon into bowls and garnish with chopped fresh parsley. Serve immediately
Pineapple Cake
2 cups sugar
2 sticks butter, softened
3 cups plain flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 cup milk
1 tblespoon vanilla
6 egg whites, stiffly beaten
Filling (recipe follows)
Cream sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Combine flour and baking powder. Add alternately with milk to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Add vanilla. Gently fold in egg whites.
Divide batter among three greased and floured 8-inch cake pans. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes, or until layers test done. Remove from pans and cool. Spread filling between layers and on top and sides of cake.

3 tablespoons plain flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
6 egg yolks
1 stick margarine
In a saucepan, stir flour and sugar together. Add pineapple and egg yolks, blending well. Add margarine. Cook over medium-high, stirring, until mixture boils and thickens, 5-10 minutes.

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