Dinner party?

So i decided to have about 5 people over on sunday (7 including me and the gf) any suggestions on what i should make? i was thinking maybe a roast, or a ham or something along those lines… i really dont feel that inventive this week… any help would be appreciated
lasagne, salad, bread cake from a bakery if you don’t make dessert

antipasto salad, risotto w/ chicken, bread

jambalaya

enchiladas, rice + beans, veggies
Pork roast, stuffed shells, make-your-own tacos, pork chops.
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Turkey ideas… in here please.

Gotta cook a 20 pounder on Monday and am wondering other than traditional what unique ideas have you tried?
I usually just go with the bacon-wrapped and roasted.

But if you really want to try something different, you should check out this recipe: I haven’t made it, but it was the winner of the pro chef thanksgiving cookoff on food network, so it is probably good

Vodka cream pasta sauce??

I have found this in stores and its really ok, but I would like a recipie for making it from scratch. Its just the red pasta sauce and I know you add vodka and cream and parmesan cheese but don’t know the amounts to add. Any suggestions??
you like that stuff? I got a jar once and thought it tasted like crap, maybe the home made stuff is better? I’ll see if I can find a recipe.

I usually don’t care much for the bottled sauces, but this one I bought was ok. Can’t remember what brand though- I just know it was really thick. I put it over cheese ravioli with Italian sausage and mozz. cheese on top, and yeah it was pretty good, but I’m sure the homemede stuff is better. It usually is!!
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making chocolates

any good ideas on making chocolate? or what kind of things to put in it to make it yummier?

i’ve been wanting to do this for awhile. however, i don’t feel like i should start from scratch like cocoa beans just yet…

is there anything i can make a mold out of ? (relatively cheap)

any kinda hints would be super awesome ^__^

thanks,
~to be choco-addict
If you want to make chocolate, truffles are a good thing to try. They are super easy to make and tasty enough to impress You can find a basic recipe here: and experiment with different liquers to see what you like the best (I like baileys truffles best).
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College Dinner Recipes

Hello everyone! To introduce myself, my name is Jeff and I’m a sophomore student at Virginia Tech (or at least will be come the fall semester). I have been placed into a much larger dorm than I was last year and will have a kitchen in my building. I’m hoping to get a few nights in there to make some dinner for myself/friends (it’s a co-ed dorm… i need something to put me infront of all the other guys ^.^).

So i was wondering if any of you guys have some really basic/simple recipes that I can use in college besides Ramen or Cup-o-Soup microwavables. I think it would be fun to experiment with some new food… especially if I can make it.
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Please help! v.can’tcooktosavemylife

I want to learn to cook, and I want to learn to love it. Right now, the state of affairs looks like this:

– I can make pasta (premade sauce ), rice and vegetarian stir fry. That is all. I tried meat a few times but it always comes out tough and stringy.
– I currently find cooking boring and a waste of my time, which I’m sure isn’t helping things.

I think the only reason my weight hasn’t soared is because I tend to avoid classic junk food (soda, candy bars, chips, etc) and would rather not eat than expend the effort. Obviously that last bit is some flawed thinking. I’m reasonably bright and creative in other areas, so I’m sure I can learn to cook and love it. I think I need a kick in the right direction.
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Good Eats fans

Are there a lot of Good Eats fans on OT? I keep stumbling on people repeating Alton Brown in various cooking threads. I’m a huge fan because I find it is the only show that teaches you how to cook instead of just giving you a recipe.

What things have you picked up from the show? I’ve certainly become a fan of cast iron cookware after watching the show. I’ve made some awesome fried hamburgers which is a savior since my condo complex doesn’t allow us to have grills or open flames on our balconies.
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First Apartment Recipes

Does anyone know any good websites/book that would be good for someone who just started to cook for themselves all the time? I moved into my first apartment back in October and I bought a George Forman grill but I can only eat Grilled Chicken so many times before I get sick of it.

Any ideas? Thanks.
Get the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. It’s been around for over 70 years and no house should be without it (my ex got me a copy when I moved into my current place).

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Best way to learn to cook like a pro?

I love cooking, but watching Top Chef and Hell’s Kitchen makes me want to up the ante a bit. Apart from reading/doing a bunch of recipes, what are some good sources for advanced cooking knowledge?
Work in a restaurant.
make mistakes on someone else’s nickel.
Food network helps you get the basics down, then you can either do culinary school or experiment on your own.

Work in a restaurant.
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