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Old 06-04-2014, 03:53 AM   #1
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Default What is your "go-to meal" to make an impression?

Title is self-explanatory, what is your go-to meal whenever you need to impress? Whether it be a potential relationship, your significant other of many years, in-laws, friends, co-workers, whatever.

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French toast is what my family loves me to make for them. It's easy but it takes care to get it perfect.
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Old 06-04-2014, 05:21 AM   #3
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Title is self-explanatory, what is your go-to meal whenever you need to impress? Whether it be a potential relationship, your significant other of many years, in-laws, friends, co-workers, whatever.

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I would make this pork sub of my own creation, that I've named for my surname because it's very French in it's influence and as is my last name. It's great and comes with a ready made bragging point that it's an original.
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Default Re: What is your "go-to meal" to make an impression?

It depends on the person I'm impressing. I have done things like bacon wrapped meatloaf and spinach roulade and Pork Wellington and risotto for women who wanted something "fancy". For potluck dinners I've brought things like the crack dip I mentioned in another thread as well as a smoky cheddar and bacon cheeseball. If dessert is what is expected, nobody who likes cheesecake will be disappointed by my version which is a very dense NY style. My wife's family goes nuts over my mashed potatoes, but her grandfather says he could probably live off of my collard greens.

I have a very delicious meatball recipe that my wife's German grandmother showed me, and everyone really enjoys that. I also make one very tasty and very popular copycat of Olive Garden's zuppa toscana. Generally a 4 gallon pot of that will only last a few days after the friends and family are done fighting over the leftovers.

Really I just cook whatever flows with the people and the setting. I know ahead of time that most yankees will scoff at my bourbon-flambé shrimp and cheese grits while the southerners will devour it. The good thing is I can cook or bake just about anything anyone wants, so it works out well when I'm trying to impress with food. Just don't ask me to fry chicken for you, because I don't think I do it very well.
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Any excuse I can find to break out the smoker. Just finished off the last of this from my Memorial Day party.
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A tall cold glass of pickle juice.
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:55 AM   #7
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Fried chicken tenders, sushi rice, and asparagus. I have perfected all three. Takes about an hour.
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:55 AM   #8
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I just make her a bowl of cereal or hand her a pop tart as she is walking out the door the next morning...
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Ribeye medium rare with my marinade cooked over charcoal. Asparagus and twice baked potatoes. If it's cold out chicken and rice or home made chicken noodle soup.
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Any excuse I can find to break out the smoker. Just finished off the last of this from my Memorial Day party.
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Fajitas and homemade guacamole
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breakfast foods. always breakfast foods.
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Old 06-04-2014, 09:40 AM   #13
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1: BBQ. My smoker will do things you just can't do any other way. I would do pulled pork for a gathering if I had time. Smoked meatballs if I need something in a few hours.

2: Grilled avocados. Can be done just as easily on the stove. Halve and pit avocado. Brush with fresh lemon. Season heavily. I prefer a Greek seasoning. Put cut side down on a hot grill or lightly oiled non stick pan. Flip onto medium part of grill after a few minutes after it gets some browning. Fill pit with either salsa and shredded Mexican cheeses or feta in a garlicky raita. Close lid or pour an inch of water in the pan and cover. After 3-5 minutes the cheese will be melted and the avocado heated through. Remove and serve. Flambe' with either tequila or brandy table side.

Want a light dessert that is perfect for summer? My mother made these for me back in the 50s-60s. http://www.snackworks.com/recipe/fam...oll-53331.aspx

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Default Re: What is your "go-to meal" to make an impression?

Anytime I want to impress anyone, I break out all the stops and smoke a few racks or baby backs. Never had anyone leave hungry and not impressed so I would have to say they would be my go to.
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1. Seared duck breast with a cherry reduction sauce
2. Steak au poivre with cognac cream sauce
3. Pan seared scallops over asparagus and green pea risotto

I've got various side dishes I can make to go with all of the above plus several interesting salads, apps and desserts that I make.
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I normally go for one of my fav comfort food recipes. Easy, but good and usually the guest haven't had it before.

Mexican Corn Bread

Ground Beef cooked in a taco seasoning, or similar. with onions and garlic if you like. Then mix in some grated mature cheddar.

Corn Bread mix with a can of creamed corn mix through.- Half of it in lightly greased casserole dish and add the beef mixture, . Then add the rest of the grated cheese and top that off with the other half of the corn bread mix.(stir it up again before topping up to mix up the corn)

Bake it at about 325 until nice and light brown on top.

Serve it with a salad with your favorite dressing

Might as well keep it easy and good and serve up fudge brownies with vanilla ice cream afterwards.
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Want a light dessert that is perfect for summer? My mother made these for me back in the 50s-60s. http://www.snackworks.com/recipe/fam...oll-53331.aspx

I remember your mom's chocolate roll! Also her rolls, pulled mints, watermelon rind pickles, etc. Also your dad made killer cocktail sauce! Miss them both!
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Chicken under a brick is a fairly easy but delicious meal to make as well. Just do not do it on the grill. Use a cast iron skillet and the oven.
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A tall cold glass of pickle juice.
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