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juliejulez | | Apr 21, 2013 12:40 PM

Next Saturday I'm going to a friend's house to make dinner for her and her husband. She is about to have a rather important surgery so I'm going there to hang out and spend girl time, and I want to give a good meal to her and her husband.

There's only 3 of us and I want to keep it fairly simple since I'm not used to cooking in her kitchen... so probably no apps. If I do them it'll just be a cheese plate.

I'm planning on making this lemon chicken recipe: http://www.inspiredtaste.net/18649/ea... and this baked risotto with asparagus, peas, and pancetta: http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-baked... I've made the chicken before, but not the risotto, so I'm open to other ideas on that.

Dessert will most likely be Ina Garten's Lemon Yogurt Cake, probably with some kind of ice cream since my friend is an ice cream fanatic.

Where I'm getting stuck is the dinner part. I feel like I need to do one more item to make it feel like a complete meal. I originally thought of some kind of garlic bread but with the risotto, that's a pretty carb heavy meal...but maybe that doesn't matter I was thinking maybe another vegetable of some kind... maybe green beans? I don't know.

What would you fine Chowhounders do?

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