My friends and I are graduating in a couple weeks, so I wanted to make dinner for them one last time before finals and graduation ceremonies kick in. I've made dinner for them many times before , but this time I want to have a more special spread. Of course, the limitation is that I will be somewhat limited on time (given the upcoming finals), and I am working with both a small kitchen and small budget.
Things I'm thinking about making are roasted asparagus, rosemary flatbread, some sort of chicken, strawberry shortcake for dessert...
I'll be cooking for about 8-9 people, one vegetarian in the group, and one girl who has the taste buds of a 6-year-old boy (ie she's scared of most green things, thinks chicken fingers are a food group, and likes food as "basic" as possible). We are all big potato lovers. The food doesn't have to be terribly impressive, given that most of us eat things like Trader Joe's tamales or ramen half of the nights of the week.
Any ideas and recipes would be very much appreciated!