Want To Serve A Pretty Lunch...Update, lol

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by DDD, Jan 3, 2008.

  1. DDD

    DDD Well-Known Member

    I don't entertain anymore and have a couple coming for lunch and
    a few hours on Saturday. I "was known" for being a good cook who
    serviced "lovely meals". :hammer: (In my prior life, that is!)

    So...think "pretty" and offer some simple suggestions please:
    I have oblong plates with the primary color of soft green. My
    main course is going to be Key West shrimp served on a lettuce bed with cocktail sauce in the middle. What to add?? A scoop of
    tuna or chicken salad with grapes? Fresh fruit? Homebaked Red
    Lobster cheddar biscuits?

    It has to be easy as I don't have much energy lately. The couple
    falls into senior category like we do so it can't be too spicy. No desert but I will offer raspberry sherbert just in case. Any
    ideas? DDD
     
  2. meowbunny

    meowbunny New Member

    No suggestions on making it pretty but you might to make sure no one has any shellfish allergies.

    Personally, I'm a big fruit fan so would say go for the fresh fruit but that's really a personal choice. I did do some googling and pictures just showed plates of shrimp with the sauce in the center and some lemons on the side.
     
  3. LittleDudesMom

    LittleDudesMom Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I would also vote for fruit. Perhaps a nice citris sald with pink and white grapefruit and navel and manderine (or clemintine) oranges (maybe a tiny sprinkle of coconut on top).

    Or, you could go with a nice tomotoe, cucumber, red onion and balsamic vinger salad. That would look nice on the green plate.

    Another option would be some marinated hearts of palm and artichoke hearts with slices of pimento on the top.

    Perhaps a couple Carr's biscuit/crackers on the side of the plate.

    Sharon
     
  4. HereWeGoAgain

    HereWeGoAgain Grandpa

    No suggestions but can I come too? I love shrimp cocktail and Red Lobster cheddar biscuits! :thumbsup:
     
  5. Star*

    Star* call 911........call 911

    OKAY - I don't eat seafood but could eat my weight in those Red Lobster biscuits.

    Soft green plates - need a beige tablecloth (sand) and then a Sea oat and twisted branch arrangement with little sea shells spread on the table (craft store)

    Shrimp with a side of deviled crab on the 1/2 shell - and a nice fruit salad with red seedless grapes, green apples, sliced strawberries, walnuts and mandarin oranges (like Chickfilet)

    Bloody marys for drinks

    Sparkling water with dinner or a nice red wine -

    A small cheese ball with townhouse crackers or triscuits

    and something yellow - Banana pudding? For dessert? Homemade?
     
  6. 1905

    1905 Well-Known Member

    The Key West shrimp- yum, the fruit salad, and how about a ceaser salad and a fresh French bread? You don't even have to make it -Dole has bags of lettuce with the ceasar dresing and toppings right at the supermarket. While you are there, go to the bakery and buy something pretty for dessert. Easy, pretty, and yummy!-Alyssa
     
  7. Scent of Cedar II

    Scent of Cedar II New Member

    Wow, Star.

    I was going to suggest grapes and asiago cheese.

    But...nevermind.

    (Remember Gilda Radner, everybody?!?)

    :rofl:

    Barbara

    :smile:
     
  8. HereWeGoAgain

    HereWeGoAgain Grandpa

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Scent of Cedar II</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Wow, Star.

    I was going to suggest grapes and asiago cheese.

    But...nevermind.

    (Remember Gilda Radner, everybody?!?)

    :rofl:

    Barbara

    :smile:

    </div></div>You just never know where Emily Litella will show up.
     
  9. DDD

    DDD Well-Known Member

    Geez........this is actually funny! A neice "heard" that I was
    entertaining and e-mail to say "I'd love to come too if you have
    an extra chair!" Maybe Saturday is going to turn into "an event"
    much to my surprise.

    What is is funny?? Well.......I only have FOUR of the company
    only lovely pale green plates! :smile:

    Star, I haven't had a Bloody Mary brunch in thirty years. I had
    forgotten how festive those wre..lol.

    Thanks, guys. DDD
     
  10. Star*

    Star* call 911........call 911

    I make a mean virgin mary too -

    Will bartend for biscuits!
     
  11. Stella Johnson

    Stella Johnson Active Member

    This is so bad I can't believe I'm admitting this. My SO loves the cheddar bay biscuits at Red Lobster. There is a bisquick package called cheddar garlic biscuits. All you do is add water. He thinks I make them from scratch. :smile: They taste exactly the same.
     
  12. HereWeGoAgain

    HereWeGoAgain Grandpa

    Leave me some biscuits.
     
  13. DDD

    DDD Well-Known Member

    I do have "the recipe" for the biscuits and they are made with
    Bisquick. Just adding water sounds even better. LOL

    I'm doing shrimp/coctail sauce, iced tea, chicken salad with grapes and dill, biscuits and either avocado/red onion salad with
    french style dressing and walnuts...or good fresh fruit with
    coconut topping. If extra company shows up I will use an "eclectic" mix of china and serve buffet style. Phew/Whew!

    Thanks for getting me motivated. Since there is road travel involved I don't dare serve anything stronger than tea BUT it sure was a great idea!
     
  14. DDD

    DDD Well-Known Member

    Update. :bravo: My reputation is intact! :smile:

    Stella I found YOUR Red Lobster biscuit mix and OMG :rofl: "add
    water" "mix" "bake". I couldn't believe it! Everyone said "oh
    DDD YOUR biscuits are better than the Red Lobster". "Oh, DDD, I
    had forgotten what a great cook you are." Thanks, Stella!

    The luncheon was delightful, tasty, "pretty" and fun for everyone. As a matter of fact nobody left until it was dinner
    time :surprise: and one guest stayed until 7:30 "just to visit
    for awhile all alone".

    It's been a long time since I had such a positive afternoon.
    Thanks for the input. DDD
     
  15. HereWeGoAgain

    HereWeGoAgain Grandpa

    OK I am writing "Bisquick cheddar biscuit mix" on wife's next grocery list.
     
  16. DDD

    DDD Well-Known Member

    Tell her to look for it in a bag...not a box. One bag makes 6
    biscuits. Stella shared a winner with this one. DDD
     
  17. Scent of Cedar II

    Scent of Cedar II New Member

    Sounds like a great brunch was had by all!

    So, how did you make the chicken salad?

    That sounds really good. :smile:

    Barbara

    :bravo:
     
  18. busywend

    busywend Well-Known Member Staff Member

    DDD - success! Congrats!

    Stella - put them on my list for sure! Thanks!
     
  19. DDD

    DDD Well-Known Member

    The chicken salad is "pulled" chicken, finely diced celery,
    mayo, dill and small whole grapes...they were red/purple grapes
    yesterday. For those who entertain (I think I'm straining my arm
    patting myself on the back..ouch!) I bought "salad savoy". It
    was the first time I've ever seen it. It's the size of a big
    head of cauliflower and it has totally beautiful purple frilly
    leaves that are tinged at the edge with green and white. I've
    never seen it before and the grocery store clerks didn't know
    what it was to charge me...there were only two on the shelf.
    Anyway I washed it, cut out the center and then piled the salad
    in the center. That was one end of the platter and then I used
    dark leaf lettus on the other side filled with cleaned jumbo Key
    West shrimp.

    It felt like my "old lifestyle" was back for a visit. THE hit
    was the "add water" R.L. biscuits! :smile: DDD
     
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