I am hosting a Thanksgiving cocktail/housewarming party on Wednesday evening, and I need ideas for festive, on-theme recipes that can stand up to sitting out for a few hours while people graze. [more inside]
Every year we throw a Summer Solstice party that includes a buffet dinner for about 75 neighbors and friends. I cook everything because it's easier to do that than to organize a pot luck, which isn't part of my culture. Most years, I enjoy preparing this feast. This year, I am completely uninterested and fantasizing about ordering 25 pizzas and a keg. Hope me, please! [more inside]
I'm making a birthday dinner party for my sister (early 50s). The party is also to celebrate a significant achievement of hers so will include more than the usual family members; there will be anywhere from 10 to 15 people, half of whom I don't know well or at all. I'm a good and experienced cook, and I'm very comfortable in the kitchen, but I'm used to cooking for smaller groups. I need ideas! [more inside]
Due to a series of odd events, I find myself in possession of several cartons of eggs, way more than I will be able to eat over the next week or so. Coincidentally, I will be going to a party on Friday and have agreed to contribute to the "finger-food only" buffet. I have a decent recipe for basic deviled eggs, but what else can I make that can be picked up and eaten without the use of utensils? I'm a decent intermediate cook, and have access to most ingredients. Both savory or sweet suggestions would be most welcome, as would recipes that don't particularly "feature" the eggs, so long as they get used up. Bonus points for things that can be made today or tomorrow and served on Friday night, although I will have most of the day on Friday to cook if necessary.
We'll be having a reception of about 60 people at the church hall after Peanut's baptism in June. I'm looking for recipes for finger and party food that will withstand the June heat and that I can prepare over the next few weeks in advance. [more inside]
Need suggestions for seafood entrees that will hold up well (not get rubbery or slimy or unsafe) for a couple of hours on a buffet table. Soups/stews OK--we'll have access to a crock pot.
Recommend me some good, veggie oriented or diet friendly finger foods for a holiday party. [more inside]
Best way to serve crepes as appetizers? [more inside]
Black and white or panda themed party food. [more inside]
My husband's extended family is renting a beach house this summer and each family is going to cook one night's meal for about 30 people. We want to do a low country boil, which is generally potatoes, corn cobs, sausage and shrimp with Old Bay seasoning boiled together. We can jazz it up by adding crabs or other kinds of shellfish, but I'm looking for another non-seafood item to go with the meal. I'm not a huge fan of seafood, and one other family doesn't like it much either, so I'm trying to think of something extra we could make so we have another choice besides the sausage. I could also use some suggestions for side dishes and desserts. My husband is a chef and keeps proclaiming that since it's his vacation he shouldn't have to plan or cook, so I want to try to do this without bothering him too much, but still impress him.
I need more ideas for "game night" food! I've done curry and chili in the past, and am tossing around lasagna and gumbo as possibilities in the future, but want more options. Since every cooking question is special, there is [more inside]
I have a few couple holiday parties coming up and I'd like a great dish to bring. I'd like it to be not to difficult, not too expensive, possible to make/assemble ahead, and travel well. [more inside]
Looking for some good make-ahead appetizer recipes for an upcoming afternoon get-together. [more inside]
So let's say, hypothetically, I wanted to throw a party of some kind, themed around monster movies. The twist, though, is that we'll be rooting for the monsters. To this end, I want to find human-shaped food. [crunchy bits inside]