Hi all, I need help planning a cohesive dinner menu for the end of the month. We will be celebrating one friend's birthday and another's graduation from grad school. I'll be in the kitchen and my bf can man the grill, so we are open to anything.
-The birthday boy wants pork chops.
-Some people coming don't eat pork, so another main dish (or 2) will be required.
-There will be between 7-10 people coming.
-No alcohol to drink or cook with.
-No ethnically themed dinner menu (Indian, Chinese, Mexican, etc.) since tastes vary so much in this group, though a general Italian theme would be okay.
Aside from that, everyone coming eats meat, dairy, gluten, etc., no allergies that I know of.
The birthday boy has requested a cookies & cream ice cream cake, but I'll need to make something else as well that's lighter on the dairy.
ETA: Any advice/recipes/marinades/tips on the pork chops will be VERY WELCOME. The bf and I just had this convo yesterday: neither of us has ever cooked one, as our parents never served them to us growing up. Go figure that's what the bday boy wants!