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Change of Pace.........what's the BEST dinner that you ever had?
February 8, 2007
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For me, it was in a local four-star restaurant.

Upon arrival in my best duds, complete with hat, we sat. First course: Cold Appetizer of shrimp. 2nd course - hot appetizer. Then the soup, then the salad.....and the whole time a waiter waiting to clean the bread crumbs off the table as we broke bread....then the main appetizer......a steak with a wonderful bernaisse dressing and an incredibly wonderful dessert. All with a bottle of Dom Perignon to boot. 20% tip was 40 bucks. Happened many years ago -but what a wonderful memory!

Another great meal was just sitting down with my fiancee's family for Christmas dinner. Nothing fancy like I described above......more like a tablecloth thrown over a ping-pong table....but boy - what a great experience.....regular folks at the table just coming together out of love and friendship.....some "picking at each other" and laughing light heartedly.

I'll never forget the connection of how this could be a great family function. Simple and true.

February 8, 2007
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That sounds wonderful, nd the way you describe it makes me want to experience it!

hmmmm, let's see.

We have great holiday family functions, but the most romantic was at a restaurant in Carmel, CA that overlooked the ocean, inside seated beside the fireplace, wine, steak, fresh bread, great conversation, dessert, then afterward outside to the firepit to drink kahlua coffees. A very good memory!

February 9, 2007
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best dinner I ever had was in Las Vegas. I had just spent 2 years in Guatemala living mostly on rice, beans, and parts of cows that are not usually eaten. My brother took me to a buffet that had everything from lobster to a chocolate fountain.

February 9, 2007
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When I was younger the whole family used to go to my nana's house on saturday for the day...and she'd make dinner for the masses, I mean, sometimes there would be about 30 people in that tiny house....she made the most delicious coddle EVER...thick creamy potato soup cooked in a pot with floury soft potatos and boiled sausage and ham pieces that would just break apart in your mouth because they'd been boiling away in the pot all day....mmmmm mmmmm....wish I could taste it again!

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February 9, 2007
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Good thread!!!

Truth, your story is first-rate. Frankly, you could put Bernaise on a tennis shoe and I'd eat it and love it.

I just love courses, don't you folks? Especially appetizers.

Great dinners do come in many forms, yes? There's the meal and there's the setting and company.

I like your story too, Rev! A potato soup/stew? Num!

I guess my favorite was on my 40th b-day. My ex (prof cook) made me all my favs. Deep fried oysters with tartar sauce (a la H-gal), black olives marinated in Italian dressing, sauteed mushrooms and onions, roasted asparagus with sour cream and horseradish on the side, and TA DA prime rib, medium rare. Thinking back on it, I'm still full.

OMW!!! Carmel is just lovely, isn't it? Complete with firepit....wow.

H-gal

February 9, 2007
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Oh H girl...that is my kind of meal!!!!!!!

February 9, 2007
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My best dinner....

The day I turned 16 my dad came in from work and told me to get dressed up nice. I did and he took me to the local restaurant which was 20 miles away in the next town over. He ordered us filet mignon w/ baked potato (i think) and salad. I remember looking at the menu and the filet was $16 and I had NEVER seen my dad spend that kind of money on food. He told me filet mignon was a steak for special occasions and he thought this one to be a very special one. I still smile when I think of that. My dad wasn't usually around and didn't take out much.

February 9, 2007
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I know Sleepless, huh?

How's about you? Best dinner?

February 9, 2007
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Mama, that's sweet!!!

Reminds me of my friend's 15th. We went to the Top of the Marc Hopkins in SF. I had beef wellington. Cryin' out loud, nothing was ever so tasty. The had spread pate over the filet mignon, wrapped it in bacon and THEN baked it in puff pastry. I have a heart attack just thinking about it now. My poor arteries. Well, heck, I was only 14.

Thank goodness we don't eat like that every day.

Do you still like filet mignon?

I have to say that Cocquilles St. Jacque is another fav. Scallops in a white wine/cream sauce. Holy moly!

H.

February 9, 2007
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H:

Yes, I love filet mignon. We had ours in a small town in Kansas. So there was nothin fancy about it. Just a piece of beef wrapped in bacon, but it was the best I had ever had. I still only eat filet mignon for a special occasion once in awhile. I think the fact my dad took me out made the filet only for special occasions. I can almost taste it just talkin about it. My dad is and always been my hero. Not close coz he was raised to show no feeling back in his day. But once in awhile I get a hug and I cherish those as much as the filet.

February 9, 2007
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I love chicken queadilla -they are always good- of course I have had better dinners but I enjoy Chilli's consitentcy

February 9, 2007
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Hi Teach!

I love Chili's queso dip. Man, they get it just right....sizzling cheese with just the right seasonings and quantity of meat. Yummers!

I make quesadillas at home constantly. One thing I like about it is you don't have to fry the tortillas...save the calories for the good stuff inside, right?

February 9, 2007
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One dinner that is popular in our area is fried deer strips and mashed potatoes, gravy, biscuits. Or chicken in place of the deer. It's been many years now, but I'd fry up deer strips and we'd serve 30 or so. So and so would call so and so and say guess whose havin and the line moved right on down. We still live in the same small town, but 18 years later it's a whole new world. But when we do strips, deer, chicken, beef or whatever, it's a big to do.

Oh, I have another favorite. On Christmas morning my kids all come in and we make a BIG breakfast of sausage, bacon, eggs, pancakes, biscuits, gravy, and whatever else. My whole family comes in and we take a plate to B, my dad's best friend and his wife H. It's not so much the food as it is 4-5 of us all cooking at once in a small kitchen and this one ducks as the other rolls and that one goes overhead. We did this 10 years. Now we have a home and a big kitchen, but we will have a new dance down soon so that everything gets cooked when it should so all is finished at once. I LOVE when family is together.

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