Cooking for guests...

@UK_Shree (3604)
June 29, 2009 10:54am CST
When you are cooking for guests, do you think it is important to serve a three-course meal i.e a starter, main course and dessert, or do you keep it less formal and make sure you have just one good meal/dish?
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@celticeagle (119864)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Jun 09
I don't worry about it. I fix whatever I want to fix. I guess it really depends on the situation. If it is supposed to be formal or fancy or whatever then I would make sure it is all it needs to be. But, that isn't really me. LOL
@UK_Shree (3604)
1 Jul 09
You are right. It's what the situation calls for.
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@celticeagle (119864)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Jul 09
I think so.
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
3 Jul 09
I love having guests for a meal :-) What I usually do is to make a main meal, and then have a dessert that goes with it. I almost never do a 3 course meal. Lots of times I'll do a roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, a veg. and some bread or rolls. In the family I grew up in we always had a dessert when guests came, so I continue the tradition.
@UK_Shree (3604)
10 Jul 09
I do love a bit of dessert. Even if I have a full tummy, always nice and always have space for a lovely dessert at the end!
@kavikent (57)
• India
2 Jul 09
It depends on the kind of guests I have. It also depends on the time of serving.i.e, breakfast, lunch or dinner. But whatever the time is, my main aim would be to ensure that they enjoy the food. I normally take care not to try any new things on them!!lol!! But, to me, the best option would be to stuff the meal with lot of Fresh Fruits and Fresh Green Salads. This way, whatever kind of taste the guest is interested in, he will enjoy the items I have served
@UK_Shree (3604)
4 Jul 09
That's a really good idea to put lots of salad in!
• Philippines
30 Jun 09
Well it depends on my mood, the occassion and the guests that I have. But mostly, I just prepare for the main course and the dessert.
@UK_Shree (3604)
1 Jul 09
Yes I think it really does depend a lot on the nature and closeness of your guests.
• United States
30 Jun 09
I guess we kind of have three courses when we have guests. The "appetizer" course is usually just snacks like a veggie tray or chips and salsa. Then we have the meal and usually some kind of dessert.
@UK_Shree (3604)
1 Jul 09
Yes I would say that is three courses, informal but still three courses!
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
29 Jun 09
I am very informal. I just cook one big meal & be done w/it. I always have dessert. Seems like when u fix something for an appetizer they eat fill up on that & then ur big meal is down the drain.
@UK_Shree (3604)
30 Jun 09
I know, especially if you have hungry guests - it can be all about the appetiser for them!
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
29 Jun 09
I prefer to do a selection of dishes which everyone can dip into, it is much easier in the summer as the table can be filled with a variety of cold dishes and maybe just a couple of hot ones. That way the one doing the cooking can sit alongside the guests and not have to be constantly running in the kitchen to serve different courses. We had a good lunch like this yesterday with the table filled with fresh bread, olives, mixture of salads, roasted red peppers, beetroots, and then a hot bowl of roasted potatoes with roasted garlic. Very informal and eaten outside under the grape vine.
@UK_Shree (3604)
30 Jun 09
That does sound fab! I am sure the meal went down really well with your guests.
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
29 Jun 09
I think the 3 course is nice but I've served a special recipe as the meal with nothing else. I don't think most people expect a big deal nowadays, but a salad is nearly always welcome.
@UK_Shree (3604)
30 Jun 09
I agree - and yes always good to have a salad on the side, esp if the main meal has little in the way of veg or fibre.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
29 Jun 09
When I cook for guests, I just make sure the proportion will be enough for everybody and make sure they like the type of food that I cook to fulfill everybody's tastes. I don't do three course meal if it is just regular dinner, if hubby wants me to do it for his guests, I would. :-)
@UK_Shree (3604)
29 Jun 09
I think that catering to the tastebuds of your guests is a very thoughtful thing to do!
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
29 Jun 09
When I cook for guests I serve a variety of foods but it's usually buffet style so everyone can serve themselves and pick what they like. I do things a little more formally for Thanksgiving but usually things are very casual around here...and normally include the grill.
@UK_Shree (3604)
29 Jun 09
That sounds pretty good to me! Thanks for the response.
@amybrezik (2123)
• United States
29 Jun 09
It depends on the situation. I have done both. I like to make the courses if I have time, but lately, I have just been cooking the main dishses. Most of the people I cook for ar pretty inormal and don't expect all the coursess nd things like that.
@UK_Shree (3604)
29 Jun 09
Yes I agree that it would depend largely on the nature of the dinner party and what type of guests you invite i.e how well you know them etc.