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avak123's picture

Tomorrow evening I am hosting a very casual dinner gathering for a large animal rescue group. I know only a handful of the individuals attending, but am very grateful to this group for introducing me to my two precious new pups!


Previous gatherings served deli cold cuts, a few loaves of grocery-white bread and a bag of Lay's! I decided to stay with "the sandwich thing," but changed it to "wraps." How can you really change up the sandwich for a crowd? I am trying to cook "main-stream America" and need a reality check.  Any thoughts or critique?


Wraps:


Italian - Genoa Salami, ham, roasted red bell peppers, pepperoncini, provolone, and balsamic vinaigrette, in a garlic-herb tortilla.


Roasted Vegetable - Grilled carrots and squash, rolled with roasted red bell peppers, marinated portobello shrooms, balsamic onions, and hummus, in a tomato-basil tortilla


Roasted chicken - Roasted chicken with lettuce, tomato, and honey mustard in a whole wheat tortilla


Served with pesto couscous, fresh fruit, a dessert tray of cookies, brownies, and the like.


Beer, wine and the usual beverages.


Thanks.


Amy


 


 

Frankie's picture

(post #33040, reply #1 of 36)

Brilliant!

A variation on a theme without pretention. I like it. What time should we arrive?

Dessert? Cookies and coffee.

F


Experiment with the placing of the ingredients on the plate. Try the mozzarella on the left, the tomato in the middle, the avocado on the right. Have fun. Then decide it goes tomato, mozzarella, avocado. Anything else looks stupid.

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avak123's picture

(post #33040, reply #2 of 36)

I don't consider myself pretenious, but I occasionally lose touch with what "the masses" eat. The last thing I ever want to do is make someone feel uncomfortable in my home. Thanks.


Dinner at 7! Must leave the Big Apple by 2:30-ish...


MUST LOVE DOGS! LOL


Amy

ashleyd's picture

(post #33040, reply #3 of 36)

I like that, adventurous but not outrageous, a blend of the familiar and modern without being threatening. If it doesn't work for all (which it surely must) then your criteria for inclusion will have to be "Must love dogs (and not suffer from TBD)"


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avak123's picture

(post #33040, reply #4 of 36)

First of all, I think you should legally protect the phrase Taste Bud Dysfunction (TBD). If I recall correctly, NanaC might offer help in this area. What a wonderful phrase. You are to be commended!


On another note, I do think this thread brings up a larger issue. How does the gourmand exist in the "real world?" On a personal note, I am very uncomfortable letting certain people know that I am a certified chef and have a culinary background. I find that, with certain individuals,  it inhibits social interaction and makes people uncomfortable.


I haven't cooked professionally in many years and want people to feel comfortable - dining in my home and also, feeling comfortable reciprocating dinner invites. Of course, I have my "foodie friends" - this is a whole different scenario.


Again, I will pose the question - How does the gourmand exist in the real world?


Curious minds want to know!

NanaC's picture

(post #33040, reply #5 of 36)

Sorry, avak, I don't know much about trademarks... patents were my thing.  And I'm forgetting all about those just as fast as I can!!  :o^


Those wraps sounds so good.  But watch out... You may find yourself nominated to host every meeting!


Fran


"Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we might as well dance!"

Fran

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avak123's picture

(post #33040, reply #6 of 36)

My comment was really in jest! Thought you might want to help Ashley out on that one! LOL. Anyone who deals (or has dealt) in intellectual property is a saint in my books.  I have spent way too much time dealing with intellectual property. My daily life still requires it! I am envious of your retired position.


As far as being nominated for every meeting...well that is OK, I have two gorgeous pups that were saved from a horrible situation because of this group. However, I understand not wanting to be indebted for life! 

pamilyn's picture

(post #33040, reply #9 of 36)

I know what you mean about reciprocal invites. People are afraid to have you for dinner. I think this would be an interesting thread. I think I will start it. Pamilyn

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avak123's picture

(post #33040, reply #10 of 36)

Great idea!

Wolvie's picture

(post #33040, reply #7 of 36)

like others have said, this looks perfect for what you are trying to accomplish. Have fun! :-)

 


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DeannaS's picture

(post #33040, reply #8 of 36)

One thing you may want to consider is having some "undressed" sandwich option. I know I'm always appreciative when I can get my sandwich without mayo or mustard or goo.

"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists." - Joan Dye Gussow

Cissytoo's picture

(post #33040, reply #11 of 36)

 Any thoughts


I brought home a bunch of lunch menus from our CC in NY -- want to show them to the unimaginative cook at our golf course grille room.  The NY club has the following featured wraps:  1.  Texas brisket, lettuce, tomato and horseradish mayo in a garlic herb wrap with lettuce and tomato  2.  Mexican seasoned chicken strips with diced tomato, cheddar cheese, scallion and crisp lettuce, finished with a chopotle mayonnaise  3.  Egg salad with bacon in a herb torilla wrap  4.  Creamy shrimp salad with lettuce and tomato in a herb garlic tortilla wrap  5.  Greek chicken, baby spinach, tomato, olives and feta cheese in a her garlic tortilla wrap  6.  Crispy chicken topped with Swiss, ham and honey mustard


edited to correct a nasty typo in the Swiss department.


Edited 9/9/2006 6:09 pm ET by Cissytoo

deejeh's picture

(post #33040, reply #12 of 36)

I have to ask - what is Swill?  The only definition I know is this


deej

MadMom's picture

(post #33040, reply #14 of 36)

I'm thinking she meant Swiss?



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deejeh's picture

(post #33040, reply #15 of 36)

Duh - I can't believe i didn't figure that out!  It's been a long, hard week...


deej

transona5's picture

(post #33040, reply #16 of 36)

LOL

L isn't even close to S on a keyboard. But, yeah, that's probably what she meant.

 

 

MadMom's picture

(post #33040, reply #17 of 36)

But, the second finger on the hand is used for both of them, so hope it was one of those twitches we all have!



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Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

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SallyBR1's picture

(post #33040, reply #18 of 36)

You beat me to it... :-)

 


 


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transona5's picture

(post #33040, reply #19 of 36)

Aaah, see, i'm a two finger typer. Now I know!

 

 

Cissytoo's picture

(post #33040, reply #20 of 36)

omg, thanks for pointing out that typo!  Shoulda been Swiss (and the l on the keyboard is only a mile away from the s).

deejeh's picture

(post #33040, reply #21 of 36)

I wasn't actually pointing it out - I honestly couldn't figure out what you meant!  I think my brain shut down for a moment.


deej


<btw, the wrap combos sounded really good.>


Edited 9/9/2006 6:41 pm ET by deejeh

avak123's picture

(post #33040, reply #13 of 36)

They sound yummy!

avak123's picture

(post #33040, reply #22 of 36)

Report on the mainstream gathering...


Everything was perfect! I think everyone felt welcome, the buffet was beautiful, yet unpretentious. I must say that wrap sandwiches, fully loaded, are absolutley gorgeous when plated. I was surprised - new to me! As always, I made enough for a small city. Amazed at how quickly everything disappeared. The only thing really remaining was the pesto couscous. Delicious, but maybe too much of a stretch for mainstream America. Expand those horizons!


All in all, a fun event that raised $25,000 for rescue operations! Not too shabby for a few wrap sandwiches, a plate of desserts, and a few bottles of wine!


Thanks all for your help!


-Amy 

Heather's picture

(post #33040, reply #23 of 36)

Congratulations on a great job! You'll be called upon all the time now you know.

avak123's picture

(post #33040, reply #24 of 36)

If I can raise $25,000 every time for the orgainization, I am game! I will say that I believe it is great for my 8-year-old DD to interact with many different groups of individuals and this group proved interesting.


I have always been an animal lover and have met many fabulous people through this love. However, there are a few that are "animal people" because they are able to deal with animals much better than humans! I had a moment of the "spooky-scary" - LOL!


All in all, a great time had by all! Thanks Heather.


-Amy

MadMom's picture

(post #33040, reply #26 of 36)

What was the spooky-scary moment?  ITA - there are some animal people who are that way because they think animals are much better than people.  Some days I have to agree with them!



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Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

avak123's picture

(post #33040, reply #28 of 36)

The spooky-scary moment is that there is one guy that is extremely bizarre. He was a Navy Seal that was in some type of transport boat that mistakenly plunged into the sea. This guy was DOA and they resuscitated him. It is a tragic story, but the guy isn't "all there!" I have yet to see him sober and he brags of the assortment of meds he takes.  Not exactly the type I usually have over for dinner!


All in all, animal lovers are a compassionate group. However, occasionally you get the one that truly can't cope with humans and prefers animals. Geez, I feel like that occasionally also!


 

MadMom's picture

(post #33040, reply #29 of 36)

Definitely a sad story, and combining booze and pills doesn't help him.  We had a vet when we lived in Bay St. Louis (another house which no longer exists) who said he went into veterinary medicine because he greatly preferred animals to people.  Said that animals didn't lie or cheat and wouldn't bite unless provoked, hardly like our human friends. 




Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!
avak123's picture

(post #33040, reply #30 of 36)

Said that animals didn't lie or cheat and wouldn't bite unless provoked, hardly like our human friends. 


At times, too true!

pamilyn's picture

(post #33040, reply #33 of 36)

LOL, I have to say I adore cats and kittens. I have had them my whole life...but...cat breeders are a strange lot. We go to cat shows occasionally and those people are kind of weird too. There are always a couple of whackos, but I suppose that is true in every job/hobby, LOL. Pamilyn

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Cissytoo's picture

(post #33040, reply #25 of 36)

Everything was perfect!


Congratulations on a job well done.  $25,000 is no small piece of change.  Did you take any photos of the wraps?  Bet they were lovely and colorful.