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January 13, 2010
7:43 am
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ChrisUK
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I plan on having a few old Service friends over for a get together.We get fewer each year,but really enjoy chewing the fat over times pastLaugh

This year its my turn and I wanted to provide something a little different.Stay clear of the usual little bits of smoked salmon,vol a vents,cheese straws,sausage rolls etc. So Ive been doing a little bit of research and come up with the following:

Chilli Roasted Cashews

Bacon wrapped Water Chestnuts with a sauce

Sausage and Cheddar stuffed Jalepeno Peppers

Curried Chicken Samosas

Bruschetta with Bacon Jam

There will not be any ladies present,so Ive tended to plan hot and spicy.Dishes That I can prepare ahead,just pop into the oven,before they arrive,then I do not have to spend too much time in the kitchen.

Most Ive tried before,except for the Water Chestnuts,so Ive made a small batch and they are delicious.Got any other idea's??? Im open to advise.

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January 13, 2010
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Sounds great!  Are you SURE you can't have any of us over to, uhh,  errrr, help?

Are you avoiding sweets? 

One thing I always look for, even though it is so very ordinary, is a cheese platter of some sort.  Depending on the number attending, it need only be a couple or could be many varieties, with some very unusual crackers, for instance.  With today's dietary restrictions, some may not be allowing themselves much cheese regularly and this could be a treat.

With your breadmaking skills, how about some whole wheat/varietal grain buns?  Herb encrusted little mini buns would be nice.  Make ahead, serve cold or reheat at the last moment.  Serve with herbed butter and/or honey butter, maybe some plain buns with a couple interesting jams.

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January 13, 2010
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Great topic to start......Superbowl parties are right around the corner!!!!

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January 13, 2010
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Ooooh Pete,please do not take umbrage,but you are lovely but naiveLaugh The chaps are ex steely eyed aviation killers LOL. Macho to the extreme.Or so we like to think.Hence the spicy,hot theme.

Cheese board...........Hmmm. Dorset knobs with Stinkin Bishop Cheese,Limburger, might fit the bill.

Sweets........avoiding those like the plagueSurprisedDont go down well with beerShame on you

Breadmaking skills..........nice of you to think so,but thats our secret, I dont know if you are familiar with Service Humour? A compliment is usually a thinly disguised insult. If they knew I bakedNo.......wuss, springs to mind,with amplyfying comments

Jams.......Im worried about Bacon Jam as is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you fancy being the only lady with all that male testosterone? be my guestLaugh You would have a dozen to choose from.providing that you ignore thinning pates,slight corpulence,rheumatism and even the odd signs of senilityDevil with Tail

I am planning to offer a strirup cup of MIlk of Magnesia/Antacid,when they leaveHappy Flower

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January 13, 2010
10:28 am
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Noone need know you made any of it!!!  Get rid of all evidence!!! Laugh

Here is a quite quick appetizer with some kick.........

http://suzannemcminn.com/forum/just-recipes/jalapeno-roll-ups/

I'll also post boneless chicken "hot wing" recipe I used at christmastime.

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January 13, 2010
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Oh, just fib about the jam, (bacon or otherwise) and say a lady-friend sent it to you if you must, this could explain an entire selection of the stuff.  I know there are people who will tell you any fib is an evil fib and that they will send you down the slippery slope to perdition, but I hold that such gentle white lies are perfectly acceptable, as long as you don't base your entire life on them... Certainly allowing your cronies from your days in the service such knowledge would be a fate worse than death, so I say fib away!

Honestly, a cheese board would seem to be the way to go for me too.  A big wedge of a good hearty cheddar that they can slice chunks off for themselves. (very manly that would be)  Has horseradish cheddar found it's way to your island?  It would fit in with your spicy theme, one other more mild choice would be good too, and they would all contrast well with the spicy nuts as well as a dish of non-spiced nuts.  It's simple, not something you'd have to fuss with before hand either.  (you wouldn't want to be seen with a pot holder taking things out of the oven!) A friend who was sort of smart about these things said that it's good to have 3 choices of cheese, one main standard cheese, (the cheddar) one really bold or strong flavoured choice, (a horseradish, or an herbed Havarti, or maybe a blue), and one fairly mild that won't conflict.  It seemed like decent advice really.

Some ... hmmm, we'd call it Summer Sausage.  Not sure but there must be some equivalent salami sort of sausage, we have it made from beef, and hunters here usually get at least part of their deer turned into venison versions of it too.  Very macho and pairs well with cheese and crackers.

Myself I'd put some apples out as well, but that might be too girly.  If you ask me though, if you're putting out a blue cheese, apple is a must. 

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January 13, 2010
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Yes, Chris.  I agree with Buckeye Girl.  Men must have sausages or meat, especially out here in beef country!

January 14, 2010
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This past summer I was invited to a party and I looked around in  my freezer and found 2 pkg of mini-frozen periogi's. I boiled them and sauted some onions and butter  and put them in a crockpot to keep warm. They have some that have japleno peppers,my husband likes these. But, they still aren't as good as when I take the take the time to make homemade ones! they are very good for football games.

January 14, 2010
5:44 am
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Thank you LadiesHug As always you have come up with some excellent ideas that I will try.

"Slippery slope of perdition" that sounds spicy,must try thatLaugh

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January 16, 2010
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Just seen off my guests,after giving them breakfast!!

I took your advise and decided to have further thoughts.After a bit of searching,I came up with;

Hot Chicago Style Italian Beef Sandwiches,served with a Giardiniera,if you are adventursome.Laugh

Hot Pastrami.

Cheese board

12 freshly baked Bagettes.

On the rethink,I worried that perhaps their digestive sytems could not hack too much Hot/Spicy food.But I need'nt of worried

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The evening was a great success,my worries at being thought a wuss,completly unfounded.all had seconds,some thirds!.Several actually asked for the recipie when they found out that I had cooked itSurprised We had a torrential rainstorm,most were the worst for wear.So I banned departure and put them all up.Fortunately I have three bedrooms,three to a bed,two in sleeping bags and I bagged the couch!

This morning had its share of sore heads,so lots of coffee,bacon and eggs before leaving.Did the evening have a downside??? Over breakfast,which was somewhat prolonged(Ever witnessed 12 men trying to use two bathrooms,who did not come equipped to spend the night??) They held an impromptu meeting and created a new Society Post.elected me "Chief Cook & Bottle Washer"it was further passed unanimously,all futher functions be held hereCry

I shall probably be absent from CITR for several days,whilst I clear up

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January 16, 2010
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I'm glad it went so well, Chris -- and that you're not considered a wuss!  Laugh  You can now freely test recipes on your buddies!

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January 16, 2010
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Looks and sounds yummy!  Sooo glad it was all a success, especially the extended hours of revelry.  How nice for everyone.

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January 16, 2010
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Sounds like a nice eve/morn!Wave

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January 16, 2010
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Oh yes looks really good Chris! I bet the morning was interesting Wink

Sounds like it won't only be at your house, it's also going to continue to be an overnighter LOL!

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January 16, 2010
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Yep, next time they'll all have their shaving kits along in their cars and at least a change of socks with them.  It sounds like it was fun for all. 

I really didn't think they'd think any less of you for managing to cook a decent meal, (plus some!).  My father who is a WWII vet, as big and tough a guy as you'd want to meet in his day especially considering he was born and raised long before the days of women's lib, helped out in the house plenty and taught my brother to cook.  He told him that any man who is afraid to learn to cook better be resigned to going to bed hungry or at least with indigestion.

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