Kitchen Klinic Chronicles: Simple Solutions for Entertaining

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It’s time again.  Time for another lesson from The Kitchen Klinic.  Remember that special book from Grandma that is full of valuable tips from a time period long gone?  I told you it is helpful!  Recently, another mother I know was expressing feelings of stress because they are about to host a group of 12 Teen Promgoers at the their house for dinner.  After speaking with her, I realized that for many people, the idea of Entertaining can be overwhelming and occasionally it causes a little stress.  I admit, there are even times I hesitated when my daughters suddenly wanted to invite all the girls over for a sleepover.   Naturally, I got a chuckle driving home because of one the chapters in that Kitchen Klinic Book we discussed came to mind…Actually, there are several helpful chapters which apply today:

“Egg-Cheese and Luncheon Dishes”  Page 160 lists recipes such as Turkey Croquettes?  Noodle Mold with Chicken Hollandaise?  Virginia Brunswick Stew?  Interesting, but not quite what we need today. Next…

“Sandwiches” – I can just picture my tall slender red headed Grandmother in her kitchen preparing some adorable cucumber salad sandwiches for the kids, but I don’t think that works in Montana with teenage boys and girls on their way to Prom…

“Quantity Servings” Hmmmmmm This chapter has some potential… A Clam Bake!!  Sounds fun!  But once again, probably  not an option for Montana in March since we are lacking one very important thing-SAND.  It also has recipes for Mushrooms A LA King for 50 and goodies like Pickle Salad for Fifty.  Wow.

Let’s get serious…How about a  Fajita Buffet?  I mean, if you don’t want to cook a 5 course meal, let’s talk about Buffets!  I love Buffets!!!    Today’s post is just a few fun Entertaining Ideas for you…Simple ways to serve things, because after my conversation, I suddenly thought of all these things that I should have told her about that make cooking for a group easier!

You know those Corn on the cob plates that never get enough use?  Use them for Romaine Boats!

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Another fun way to serve salads is in small glasses.

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I am a Buffet lover, but sometimes space is limited, so what I do is use taller skinnier type glasses for things like wedges of lemons.  Be sure to provide a skewer or fork to grab them with, though because when the supply gets to the bottom of that glass I don’t think hands will be able to reach…

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If you want a more casual Cowboy Cookout Theme, why not serve Monster Texas Burgers with all the fixins?

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Small Jars are great too for Instant Desserts!

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For Table Setting Ideas, remember this? An Elegant Table is farely easy with a little Raffia, shower curtain rings and Pinecones…

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So, don’t stress.  Think of how your Grandmother would have approached it and have fun.  That’s all that matters.  And finally, Fresh Flowers always make things better!

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