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I love hosting dinner parties!  Some of my favourites are a Fondue party, with a traditional cheese fondue with veggies and breads for dipping.  this is VERY filling, so you could do just that and then a chocolate fonde with berries, bananas, cookies and marshmallows for dessert.  it is really easy and you can prep everything ahead so you are not in the kitchen the whole time!

 

Other favourite menus

 

arugula/pear/blue cheese/walnut salad with fig balsmic vinegarette

Chicken breasts stuffed with goat cheese (or brie) and asparagus, then wrapped in proscuitto served with side of scalloped potatoes and steamed green beans

berries and whipped cream for dessert!

 

OR

BBQ- pulled pork (there are great slow cooker recipes that are so easy)

homemade baked beans

coleslaw

corn on the cob

 

Gosh I could go on. can you tell I love cooking and entertaining?  If only I didnt have to work, that is all i would do! hahaha.

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Though I find her to be annoying, I must admit that I like Rachael Ray's recipes (healthy, readily available ingredients, quick, tasty). Here's a link to one of her 30-minute meals that I really enjoy and is easy: http://www.rachaelraymag.com/Recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipe-search/rachael-ray-30-minute-meals/pork-chops-with-golden-apple-raisin-sauce-and-broccoli-whole-wheat-mac--n--cheddar.

 

Here's a recipe for stuffed peppers that I like. I like stuffed peppers for company because you can construct them ahead of time (like the day before) and then pop them in the oven the day of your party. And since these have a lot of meat in them, they are very filling. One tip: when I make them, I do NOT boil the peppers ahead of time. I find that cooking them in the oven for 50 minutes softens the peppers without making them mushy, but I like my veggies to have some texture to them. http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/dads_stuffed_bell_peppers/ .

 

Happy dinner party!

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Of course I hit "submit" and these other ideas popped into my head...

 

It doesn't get much easier than buying salmon steaks, pouring a tasty marinade over them (even a bottled one... I like Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki, which most grocery stores carry), and sticking them in the oven until cooked! And salmon somehow feels so sophisticated!

 

A super easy vegetable is broccolini (a hybrid between broccoli and kale). Steam in in a pot with an inch of boiling water at the bottom. Then serve it with olive oil, lemon juice, and pepper. So tasty and healthy!

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