Home Cooking 31

I call it a graduation garden party, kids call it a kegger...

wyogal | May 10, 201207:40 AM

Two of our adult children are graduating college this spring, one with a bachelor's the other with an associate's... soon to be 27 and 23 yr. old. We are having a party at the house Saturday for the both of them. I'm in charge of the food, husband is doing the grilling, sister-in-law is tending bar. I really have no idea how many are coming, but have 96 plates. 16 gallon keg.
We asked what they wanted to eat, and they want burgers and hot dogs. For my daughter and some others, I made vegetarian (not vegan) burgers. I've pre-cooked them, have them in the freezer, will put on a foil grill pan on the grill to heat through. We have a grill dedicated to just that. One type of burger is made with red lentils and a bunch of odds and ends, including ginger, soy, lemongrass, chili. Those will be basted with "Hawaiian" sauce (from a jar, mango, papaya, passion fruit. daughter has spent some time in Hawaii and those flavors). The other batch of veggie burger is a brown and wild rice blend with sharp cheddar cheese, Montreal grill/steak seasoning.
We'll pick up some beef and beef hot dogs, haven't quite decided which route to go there. I know the kids wouldn't mind cheap dogs, but, I just can't go there. We have options for the beef, ranging from supermarket (which here is fine), and a couple of butchers to choose from. I took the day off tomorrow, so will probably figure that out then.
I'm making a big pot of vegetarian baked beans (molasses based), and I'll make cupcakes for dessert. I think kids will get chips, have someone bringing salad, another bringing veggies and hummus... I want to keep it simple. I have a variety of sandwich spreads in squeeze bottles, (catsup, mustards, mayos, relishes, etc), and will do some sliced onions, tomatoes, pickles. Will have butter lettuce to use as wraps for the red lentil burgers.
Waters... variety of some soft drinks.
hmmmmmmm......... am I missing anything? (other than my mind?)
People are bringing instruments, jamming around the fire pit, plus the kids play a game with pvc pipe, balancing a beer bottle, and a frisbee... there will probably be a hula hoop or two as well...

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