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Help Please - the slow creeping beginnings of Jewish New Year cooking Angst

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Help Please - the slow creeping beginnings of Jewish New Year cooking Angst

lovessushi | Sep 2, 2008 05:14 PM

It is 3 or 4 weeks away? Doesn't matter. Angst has started. No-one I know can give me advice on this. Perhaps, maybe, not sure, but leaning towards having father, father's girlfriend, MIL, and perhaps an aunt and uncle over for holiday. Small kitchen, small apartment, little cooking ability and knowledge though am brave and know how to conquer roast chicken and filet mignon. That I can do. So here are my questions before I delve into every single one of Joan Nathan's books to the point where post-its are being thrown in willy nilly fasion and litter the floor around me...

1. What to cook for 7 (including me and bf)? Cannot be ridiculously expensive and nothing too avant garde for my family that's coming here if that's the right word...standards are needed here but I don't want it to get boring. Thinking an appetizer buffet thing I can just lay out of things purchased from store (cheese/crackers/dips/vegetables,etc.). Then soup? (I can make good soup, Then salad? or some other first course that's light? then entree with sides? Dessert I can figure out I guess

2. Quantity of things needed - how many chickens for the group, etc. They REALLY like to eat!

3. How to order the prep and cooking so I'm not in the kitchen the whole day and everything is cooked and/or reheated at the same time. I am really bad at that by the way...

Help! Please! :-)

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