I make dinner for a family of about 18 - and it generally is the same menu every year. Either mushroom barley or split pea soup - which I think I will stick with as those are their favorites and always a winner. Then I make stuffed cabbage and mini meatballs for those who don't like the cabbage. On to mains of sesame chicken (breasts only) with apricots and almonds and salmon. I used to do a roast beef as well but have eliminated this. The sides are always different - little roasted potatoes or orzo and mushrooms, roasted veggies. Oh - and I think we also serve a salad first - with craisins and pignolis.
I know --- it sounds like a lot of food - but traditional Jewish meals generally are.
I would love some new ideas and recipes. I hope you'll share. I am considering chicken mirbella (sp?) this year.