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Help! How do we even begin to prepare a formal dinner for 25 guys with....

collegenewbie | Feb 26, 200506:44 AM

two stove tops
one partly functional oven
two microwaves
4 novice cooks
and 120 dollar budget?

A group of us got strongarmed into preparing the meal for a formal sit down dinner at our church celebrating their graduation. These guys are well known for eating entire pizzas individually, disliking chocolate, and craving meat like oxygen.

Yet we're supposed to make a feast that has to look good as well as fill them up. I'm absolutely sure we're going to do a lot of prep work that can be done the day before but what recipes are prep friendly and considering that the suggestion of a five course meal, make it through the dinner?

Last year was a fiasco since food was either cooked too early and reheating proved difficult since other dishes needed the oven. The oven at church is old and cooks unevenly. We're hoping to avoid this backlog of problems this year.

Any recipes that fit the criteria are welcome and any tips or experiences with this situation. Thanks!

(As you can tell there is plenty of time before the actual event but I wanted to start planning early and your suggestions for baking bread were so helpful that everyone is now convinced I can cook--hence this task)

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