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Old 08-15-08, 10:36 AM   #1
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Wife's birthday today.. what to make for dinner?

Usually I am very good at coming up with a menu. Today I am stumped. What to make? Beef tenderloin? Seared Tuna? What would be a good birthday meal? (She likes almost anything). Any ideas?

(I have a nice bottle of Campaign chilling down... so perhaps something that goes well with the bubbly? Er.. wait.. just about everything goes well with the bubbly..)
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you leave it pretty wide open there.

Assuming champagne is the drink of choice, I would choose a lighter dish; chicken or lighter fish/seafood.
good french white/cream sauce would be good.

roasted vegetables.
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you leave it pretty wide open there.
Hehe.. thats part of the problem.. my brain just isn't working today (as probably has been evident in my posts this morning )

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Assuming champagne is the drink of choice, I would choose a lighter dish; chicken or lighter fish/seafood.
good french white/cream sauce would be good.

roasted vegetables.
Roasted Veggies- that sounds like a winner. Chicken, probably not as we have it quite often, so maybe something more "Special".. though Cornish game hens might be good...

Cream sauces are one of the few things she doesn't like too much (forgot about that).

I'll have to see what the fish monger has today. Maybe a nice clams/tomatoes/white wine sauce/linguine. Hummmmm...
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Cook her whatever ya'll ate on your first date.
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Wife's birthday today.. what to make for dinner?
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Cook her whatever ya'll ate on your first date.
That would get some laughs. First date, we went to a movie and had dessert. She made it for me- a frozen cheesecake she forgot to thaw. I ate an entire, frozen solid, block of cheesecake.. a few years later she told me how much she appreciated me eating it- it was HORRIBLE, but I kept a smile, and nom, nom'd the whole thing down!
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Well, at least you have dessert covered.
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here's the easiest most delicious pan sauce recipe ever.

toss chicken breasts in a zip lock with flour until just coated
heat 3 T oil over med heat
cook chicken breasts, 5 min eac side, or until done

remove chicken from pan BUT leave drippings
add 1 cup chicken broth to the pan
stir with wooden spoon to loosen drippings
add 6 oz cream cheese
let melt, stir with wire wisk
(if sauce is too thin, add 1-2 T corn starch as needed)

Put chicken breasts back in pan, turn over to coat with sauce, cook an additional 2 min

serve over FRESH boiled noodes. (fresh pasta makes all the difference!)
Top with fresh basil and quartered cherry tomatos

devour.

If you like zucchini, I can also give you a delish stuffed and baked zucchini recipe that compliments it.
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Thanks artiface- that does look like a very nice chicken dish/sauce.

I'd be happy to see your stuffed/baked zucchini recipe. I'm not a huge fan, but my wife loves Zucchini.
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I'd be interested int the zucchini recipe also.

Zucchini also is good roasted, as is any type of squash, cherry tomatoes, eggplant.
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or lemon/garlic/cracked peppercorn with parmesan chicken breasts and wide spinach noodles (usually make my own if i have the foresight)

Dunno how ya'll feel about getting your scrump on after eating garlic, but it's damn tasty, and if you both eat it, does it matter if you have garlic breath?
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garlic is a necessity of life.
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As is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Listerine when it is garlic + wife
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I have a special place in my heart for asian fusion, so I'd say furikake mahi mahi with stir fried fresh veggies and sweet potato slices. Furikake also works well with most white fish, I use it on tilapia quite frequently because it makes up for the frozen white fish almost lack of taste.

I'm going to have teriyaki furikake chicken breast tenders tonight with steamed brocolli.
mmmm.. that sounds quite good! Unfortunately, I'm vehicle less today, and the Asian market where I'd get Furikake at is too far away.. but I'll definitely put that in the short list for some day soon!
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you can make a quick stir fry sauce/marinade with soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger and honey.
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What does she like best? In my wifes case it would be lasagna. And luckily I make a pretty decent lasagna.
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I think thats dessert. jk. There are some nice recipes here. Arti's pan sauce sounds yummy.
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What does she like best? In my wifes case it would be lasagna. And luckily I make a pretty decent lasagna.
That is a very hard question to answer... It depends on so many variables, I dont even know where to start. The good news is- she likes almost anything.. its that "best" part that is hard.
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That is a very hard question to answer... It depends on so many variables, I dont even know where to start. The good news is- she likes almost anything.. its that "best" part that is hard.
Well, then I think anything you make will be just fine
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Cornish hens cooked on the grill and roasted veggies.
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Humm.. just came across one I did a while back that was a hit:

Seared bay scallops with pastry wrapped roasted veggies and a white wine sauce. That sounds yummy, and the fish monger has some very nice looking scallops today.
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