So! I'm posting here to pick your brains. After finals, I'd like to have my two best girlfriends and their significant others over for dinner. One couple is vegetarian, and the other does enjoy their meat, though I couldn't imagine them being overly picky about a vegetarian meal.
So, it'll be five people. I have a few strange requirements, as I am a graduate student.
1) We'll probably be eating on the floor/couch. There will be tables available (cheap coffee tables, for setting plates, sides, dips, whatever) for setting things on, but my dining table only has two seats.
2) I'd prefer it be inexpensive. Just generally.
3) I'd rather not be fixing in my small kitchen as my guests either loom, or sit in the living room without me (no pancakes, for example)
4) I don't have a microwave. If I make it in advance, it'll need to reheat on the stove or in the oven.
SO SE. What do you have for me?
I am having a couple of normally-vegetarian friends over for dinner soon. I say normally-vegetarian because they're currently vegan for Russian Orthodox Lent.
I originally suggested nachos, before I knew about their vegan status, and they're excited about Mexican-y chips, dip, and drinks.
I have vegan bean dip, chips, and salsa. They said they were cool with a lack of faux cheese on their chips, and I'm going to get some iceberg lettuce, the tiny tomatoes that are starting to taste like real tomatoes, and black olives.
So if you were vegan, what else would you want with your nachos?
Please remember they consented to this meal and are excited about it. We could change the meal plan if we wanted to, but we're not.
That title is slightly misleading, but relatively accurate. My Beau and I are graduate students in different states, and I'm going to visit him for spring break. While I'm there, I'd like to freeze up a bunch of things (biscuits, cookies, and meatloaf, for sure) to leave for him to nosh on. He lives by himself.
That being said, Beau is not picky, he has a microwave and an oven for reheating purposes, and I assume he is relatively well stocked in the minor appliance realm. (I know he has a mixer.)
I'm generally looking for meals I can cook, jab into individual portions, flash freeze, and freeze in freezer bags, so I'm not sucking up all of his reusable containers.
As mentioned above, I know I'll make biscuits, cookies, and meatloaf (because he's a 21-year-old, and he likes meatloaf sandwiches). He lives up north, so it'll be winter for some while longer.
What would you make in this scenario? I didn't do much freezing while I was in undergrad and living with my parents, so any advice will help.
Thanks so much!
So I have the Alton Brown recipe, and a lovely recipe in one of my slow cooker cookbooks. (4:1 water:oats, if you're curious).
But the question for me is can I make half of a recipe in my small slowcooker? A quarter?
You see, I'm aware that I can reheat the oatmeal in the microwave, but therein lies the problem. I don't own a microwave. I only eat one serving of oatmeal in a morning. The recipe makes four servings.
My slowcooker does have a low setting, but I've been doing some reading. While people have cut down the recipe or made it in a slowcooker, they haven't done both (that I've found).
I'm worried about it burning, mostly. If I absolutely need to, I will wait until the weekend to experiment. I'll start it first thing in the morning and eat it for dinner. But if the consensus is the oatmeal will be all right, I will trust you, Serious Eaters.
Comments and assistance?
I need some assistance in coming up with some sort of tailgate food for a football game tomorrow.
The problem is I need to make something that will be fine without refrigeration for a number of hours. It will be part of the post-game tailgate, and I don't have time to walk home to my apartment and return to the tailgate.
I was thinking about making some bread of some sort, but otherwise, I'm up a creek. Anything you could suggest would be fine, but I'd be especially interested in side dishes.
My boyfriend's birthday is coming up in short order, and he is quite fond of nice coffees. I decided to make him up a nice gift basket of coffees and coffee related things.
He has a coffeemaker, and will be investing in a better quality grinder if I get him this gift.
But what I'm really looking for from all of you is coffee suggestions.
My family and I live on Peet's and don't mind swinging by Starbucks for a caffe americano, but I'm looking for some neater beans and local roasters to buy from for my boyfriend's gift.
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