Welcome Dinner Meme

DinnerMadeline over at Everthing Rachael Ray tagged me for a meme.  The first thing I had to do was look up what "tagged" meant, and the second was to look up what a "meme" was.  If you are like me, and are new to the whole meme thing, click on this helpful link which was provided in Madeline's post. 

The question posed was this:  Which menu would you serve to blogging friends for a welcome dinner upon their first visit to your home?

Excellent question.  A little ambitious, but excellent nonetheless.  I first have to point out, that if I have people over, I probably won't make a dinner with five parts to it, like Madeline.  In fact, my dinners usually consist of about three things, a bread/rice dish, a meat (usually chicken), and a vegetable.

But, in keeping with the 5 part theme, I will answer with some recipes that I have posted in weekly recipe attempts and fill in the gaps with other Food Network chef recipes.  When I cook for people, I want to impress them.  In order to impress someone with my cooking, it has to be easy and attempted before hand to ensure minimum screw ups.  Here goes nothing.

Appetizer: Black Pepper-Basil Farmer's Cheese Bruschetta with Tomato from Bobby Flay's Boy Meets Grill.  It's really tasty.  Looks impressive.  And it's pretty simple to make.

Salad: I'm sorry.  I have to break the recipe pattern with this one.  My salads usually come out of whatever ingredients I have left on hand once I make the rest of the meal.  It would be a salad with romaine lettuce and leftover vegtables.  That's just how I do salads.

Entree:  Chicken Francese from Tyler Florence's Food 911.  I made this one last week, and I loved it.  It also think it would go well with the bruschetta, and, again, it looks impressive.

Side Dish:  Oven Roasted Green Beans from Emeril.  I love these things and cook them all the time.  I like to use them in place of rice or potatoes when I'm trying to watch my girlish figure.

Dessert:  Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti from Giada's Everyday Italian.  I haven't actually made this one yet, but I think the best way to end any type of gathering is with a cup of coffee and a delicious treat.  What goes better with coffee than biscotti?

Here's who I'm tagging:


  1. Madeline Said:

    Nice work, Jessica. I'd eat every last bite of those recipes!

  2. Sam Said:

    Sounds delicious. I want try that chicken francese. Here's another green bean recipe I made a few times and everybody liked it. http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,,FOOD_9936_20675,00.html?rsrc=search

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