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Recent widower needing to find new ways of entertaining.

Rumm | Aug 29, 2010 07:34 AM

Hello to all.
My wife and I used to entertain regularly and I did most of the cooking and my wife was sort of like the sous chef slash hostess and was excellent at it. All I really had to concentrate on was the cooking. Anyway, I have recently begun to entertain again, having several people over at a time, including entire families.

I am finding great difficulty cooking in the same style that I once had done, meaning, mostly sauteing, making sauces and plating things up in the kitchen, etc.

What I would like to develop is a style of cooking that will enable me to to prep and prepare menus and dishes at least a few hours ahead of time that will enable to spend a bit less of a frantic time cooking. timing and serving. I'd like to make a few cocktails for the adults and entertain the children as well.

Yes- I know that I can do a Lasagna, Eggplant or Chicken Parmesan, etc but I'd like to avoid that for now.
I'd like to, if possible, still maintain my (ha ha) "Gourmet" or "Foodie" status and learn a few first-rate and wonderful dishes.

Any and all advice would be so welcome.

-sorry for dragging out my very first post.

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