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In-Laws Visiting For First Time & No Time to Cook!

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In-Laws Visiting For First Time & No Time to Cook!

sivyaleah | Dec 23, 2011 06:55 AM

My BF's parents just shocked us by announcing they would like to come stay with us for a long weekend.

They are elderly, and live a couple of hours away. They have pretty much never visited him at his home like EVER for an overnight stay. Let alone while he was living with someone. We nearly fainted when they said they wanted to spend time here - which is perfectly fine. I really like them a lot and vice versa (in fact, they are the first "in-laws" I've had which I can say that about :D)

Anyway, my problem is they arrive on a Friday but, I'll be at work when they get here. BF is taking the day off from his job. I don't get home until after 7pm - *maybe* I can get out a bit early but it will be my first week back to work after 11 days off (our office shuts down for the holidays) so I can not leave too early.

BF does NOT cook. Well, barely. Surely not enough to be of help here. He can put out a cheese platter :P

I won't have time to cook a proper dinner unless I can prepare something in advance. I'd prefer not to have to take them out that night since they have been hearing about what a good cook I am for several years now (and, his mom is a very good cook too - I've had the pleasure of having a few meals at their home through the years).

I could use some suggestions of dishes which either I can cook very quickly when I get home or; the night before or even freeze in advance that would heat up relatively fast. Nothing fancy - they prefer comfort type foods for sure. I'll probably do some kind of roasted meat on Saturday (turkey, ham or beef) when I have all day to prep. His mom probably is more of an adventurous eater than his dad I think, although I'm sure whatever I made he would eat. All of us are big seafood eaters but the problem with that, is I won't be able to get anything fresh, it would have to have been something purchased in advance, kept frozen and defrosted for that purpose.

Last day I'd be able to stock up for them coming would be Monday, the 2nd if the supermarkets are open that day. Are they? I hope so!

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