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I'm having friends over, 2 adults and their 2 children. There are 3 of us. Going for simple, vegetarian and hopefully agreeable for all. I am thinking of farro and mushroom risotto (recipe from Weds. NYT), a plate of cheeses and olives w/bread (for any finicky eaters) and a big salad. Sound good? I'm open to ideas. Any suggestions for dessert? Thanks in advance!

asked by kittkatt over 4 years ago
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Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added over 4 years ago

Sounds great! For dessert, how about the lemon sponge cups that won this week's wildcard (i'm dying to try them!)
or Lazy Mary's lemon tart


Sam is a trusted home cook.

added over 4 years ago

A nice green vegetable side dish would help. If you can find it---the birds eye gold foil warped whole uncut green beans. Heat up a pan of olive oil to just warm...add some garlic and fresh rosemary. Let that sit on very low warm to infused the oil. Remove the garlic and rosemary sprig. Remove the foil from the bean package...and just defrost them. They should be crunchy and bright green. (You could also blanch some fresh whole green beans). Toss in the warm oil, season with salt..add some bread crumbs and serve topped with Parmesan Cheese.

added over 4 years ago

I think after a delicious and healthy dinner like that (which sounds deelish BTW) something chocolatey would be great. Mousse perhaps?


hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

added over 4 years ago

I'm a big fan of fruit crisps as a simple but tasty dessert. I'd personally make sure the kids are good with mushrooms. I'm not a huge fan (love to pick 'em, but only really like certain varieties for eating.) Mushrooms are not a deal breaker for me now, but I was a kid there's no way I'd have eaten the farro risotto with mushrooms. I'd add a nice salad to the menu as well. I'd also think about adding gingerroots chevré devils, AntoniaJames spice-brined nuts (several recipes on this site) or my pickled prunes to your cheese plate for a little added pizzazz.

added over 4 years ago

My answer to the make-everyone-happy meal is either hummos or refried beans, with a big platter of stuffings and sauces, and pita/tortillas. Depends on ages and preferences, but it worked for my kids.

added over 4 years ago

With respect for your choice, I 'd advise that for kids I'd play it safer than mushrooms and do a macaroni and cheese but with pureed butternut squash. Martha Stewart had a good one. My kid wouldn't eat mushrooms until he was a young teen. I might also do collard greens on the side, some cornbread and go Whole Southern.

added over 4 years ago

Thanks so much - great suggestions. Oddly, I know that these kids love mushrooms, but not so sure about the farro. Love the pickled prune recipe, if not for the dinner, soon thereafter. Lemon desserts sound refreshing, but here the kids may win out with a chocolate theme, maybe the mousse? Now I have lots to think about!

added over 4 years ago

I'm impressed that your finicky eaters go for cheese and olives. Or mushrooms. You run with a sophisticated crowd. So go earthy with an apple pie a la mode for dessert. With sharp cheddar on the side.

added over 4 years ago

Yes, I'm lucky my son will eat anything, or at least try it. And the other 2 children love olives, one will eat hard cheese, but not mac n' cheese (but pizza is a yes). Go figure. I think I will go forward with my farro idea, and consider all of the great dessert ideas. Thanks again for helping me sort it through!