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Must. Have. Menu. Ideas. NOW.

(for Shabbos)

I'm thinking fish fritters, brisket, potato kugel, rice, green beans, salad, and fruit salad.

What think you all? What other sides can I have? I almost always do marinated tomatoes and marinated cucumbers (one savory, one sweet)...not sure if I'll do those this week, but it tends to be all I eat on shabbos, so it would be wise.

ETA: In particular... for those of you coming over, do you have a strong preference toward any specific side dishes? Gefilte fish fritters were already requested, so those are set in stone. Nothing else is.

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lionsaoi From: lionsaoi Date: July 27th, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had a great quinoa and roasted veggie salad the other day at Wild Oats. (Do you have those there?) No recipe, but it was quinoa with roasted bell peppers, corn, black beans, cilantro, red onion and a tangy vinigrette. Should be easy to make.

My other suggestion is dairy, so that won't work! (Lentil salad with goats milk cheese and roasted beets!)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 27th, 2005 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah that won't work. Another time, perhaps.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 27th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
the goats milk thing won't work, I meant.

The quinoa has potential, though I tend to restrict my quinoa consumption strictly to Pesach.
magid From: magid Date: July 27th, 2005 08:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
You could do a similar salad with barley instead.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 27th, 2005 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
true. And I am, indeed, a fan of barley.
lionsaoi From: lionsaoi Date: July 27th, 2005 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
heh. I may not be the best kosher cook, but I'm not that bad! lol

I love quinoa... and it's high in protein, but I imagine you could use something else. The barley suggestion below is good, or may couscous. (ooh.. this would be nice with Israeli couscous, I bet!)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 28th, 2005 01:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I understand the virtues of quinoa. It's a texture thing for me.
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pocketnaomi From: pocketnaomi Date: July 27th, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Any of the rice substitutes (mashed taters, pilaf, garlic bread -- okay, that isn't really a substitute) sound really yummy. Couscous not so much.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 27th, 2005 08:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hate tabouli.

I did cous cous for a long time. But I thought with the brisket (if that's what I do), white rice would be best.

Will probably do sauteed mushrooms and tofu dip. Had planned to do tofu dip last week, but had run out of time right before shabbos.
magid From: magid Date: July 27th, 2005 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Somehow I keep picturing your white rice with mushrooms; I think it's a holdover from fleishig mushroom-barley soup, or something.

White rice is much simpler, though.

(Sounds like you've got plenty of ideas already. If you didn't, I'd've asked what veggies look nice/ are on sale near you & go from there...)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 27th, 2005 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
ooh, yes, I could put mushrooms in the rice. Good idea. I do fleishig musroom-barley soup often (both of the past two weeks, in fact).
leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: July 27th, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I usually roast potatoes with brisket but that is the midwesterner in me. Sometimes I sprinkle them in onion soup mix for extra kick.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 28th, 2005 01:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
this is the BBQ brisket that ends up more like pulled beef when it's done... I prefer to serve that over rice. My usual brisket (more traditional anyway) I would serve usually with roasted potatoes.
leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: July 27th, 2005 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do you use regular or Basmati rice?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 28th, 2005 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
basmati. why?
leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: July 28th, 2005 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like the texture. I use it a lot, even when we aren't preparing Indian food.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 1st, 2005 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I use it almost exclusively.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 27th, 2005 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
mashed taters are easier to make than the kugel, but the kugel is easier to keep warm for the table. Also easier to keep pareve.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 1st, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
DAMMIT. I bought garlic bread to serve last Friday and I FORGOT ALL ABOUT IT.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 1st, 2005 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I never took it out of the freezer.
pocketnaomi From: pocketnaomi Date: July 27th, 2005 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
The marinated cukes and tomatoes sound lovely. Everything else except the fish fritters I'd be perfectly happy to eat, especially if there is some sort of butter substitute to put on the rice.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 28th, 2005 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fortunately, the fish fritters don't have a strong fishy smell, so I don't think they'll bother you just to be on the table. I do the cucumbers and tomatoes every week. Sometimes I fear that everyone gets sick of them, but it's pretty much what I eat every week, so I'm having a hard time justifying taking them away.
pocketnaomi From: pocketnaomi Date: July 28th, 2005 01:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
What time do you want me there? You said on the latish side, and I'm hoping you mean it 'cause our babysitter's scheduled to arrive at 7:30, which would get me there around 8.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 28th, 2005 01:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think shabbos starts at like 8:05. Seth won't be home from shul 'til close to 9. So whatever works for you.
pocketnaomi From: pocketnaomi Date: July 28th, 2005 01:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
That early? Damn, it got late into the summer and I didn't realize it. All right, I'll take off as soon as the babysitter arrives.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 28th, 2005 01:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
seriously, we're not going to sit down to dinner until at least 9. So don't sweat it.
pocketnaomi From: pocketnaomi Date: July 28th, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay, thanks. See you sometime in the general vicinity of 8, then.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 27th, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
hrm. I did mushroom soup the last two weeks, but if you have a specific recipe in mind, I'd love to keep it in mind for future.

At least one of the people coming doesn't like tomatoes, which makes gazpacho out. Also, I usually only do EITHER fish or soup this time of year. Shabbos is too late for five courses.

Mushroom lentil ragu, eh? That sounds intriguing.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 28th, 2005 01:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Mushroom Ragu

sounds delish! I don't think I'm going to make it this week, but that is definitely in my near future!
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 1st, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: If you like that...

Yum, thanks! I'm not fond of coconut, but I'd love to try this and at least serve it.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 1st, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I know. I just prefer not to have tomatoes as the centerpiece if you're there.
beckyfeld From: beckyfeld Date: July 28th, 2005 12:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Are you coming over to go "freezer diving"? You never know what might turn up...
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 28th, 2005 01:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
we'd been planning to, but as you know, ruled against it this week. Maybe next week... you never know!
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