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Dinner party menu, please critique

jules127 | Feb 24, 2011 09:22 AM

I am planning a birthday menu for 8 for this weekend. The only constraint is that most of the work will have to be done in advance as I will be out with our guests in the afternoon and we will all be arriving at my place together. Here are my ideas so far...

Cauliflower soup with seared scallops, lemon oil
Persimmon, pomegranate, and arugula salad
Fennel rubbed pork tenderloins with pan fried ricotta gnocchi
birthday cake ideas?

I prefer to make a tenderloin over a larger roast bc my MIL is squeamish about anything that hasn't been cooked well done. At least this way it will still be tender. Or maybe I would be better off doing a braise of some sort?

My other thought was to simplify things by making a salad and a pork cassoulet that I could throw into the oven upon arriving home.

Any thoughts/opinions are welcome!!

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