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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Little Boy's Party Menu

A two year old doesn't really care what he eats for his birthday but he does care about the "theme." So with Cars (the movie) the latest craze in our house, it was obvious that the little boy would from along Route 66. Here's the menu (it's missing something from Chicago...I know, I'm a disgrace!)

Little Boy's Party Menu (In honor of Cars - the Movie)

Hors D'Oeuvres
Corn Meal Cups with Lemon-Lime Salsa
Baguette Slices with Goat Cheese, Olives, and Arugula
Spinach Dip in Hollowed Bread-Bowl
Leek Dip and Pretzels
Chips with Salsa and Guacamole
Frozen Margaritas

Main Dishes
Kansas City Ribs
Burgers with Andouille Sausage
Tequila-Lime Grilled Shrimp
Gruyere, Smoked Ham, and Caramelized Onion Quesadillas
Hot Dogs
Black Bean and Corn Salad
Creamy Potato Salad with Lemon and Herbs
Heirloom Tomatoes with Blue Cheese

Lightening McQueen Cake
Caramel Squares
Fruit Bowl

How to get it done...
The party was Saturday at 3PM. Start your preparations several days before and make the following:

1. Make Dry Rub for ribs and submerge ribs - refrigerate (making the rub takes about 15 minutes, overall)

1. Cake (active mixing: 10 minutes; baking: 35-40 minutes; cooling: 1 hour; frosting: 1 hour). It's Butter Cream so it can be left at room temp with a light cover of plastic wrap. See: (see:
2. Caramel Squares (see
3. Bean and Corn Salad
4. Salsa (see:
5. Bake Cornmeal Cups

* Be sure to get organized the night before. Write a "to-do" list that is all encompassing (i.e, put chips in bowl, get ice, etc.) This will help in keeping your day moving

* Get a good night sleep!

Saturday -
Make the remaining things starting with all the easy things like:
1. Spinach Dip (Use Knorr Vegitable Dip and follow directions on the back)
2. Leek Dip (Use Knorr Leek Dip with 16 oz. Sour Cream)
3. Lemon-Lime Salsa
4. Shrimp
5. Burgers
6. Potato Salad
7. Toast bread in oven for Goat Cheese
6. Quesadilla

Make the following while guests arrive:
1. Guacamole (see:
2. Fill Cornmeal Cups with salsa
3. Margaritas
4. Tomato Salad (make this as dinner comes off the grill)

Part of the fun of a party is having company in the kitchen so don't be afraid to ask for help and don't be shy about accepting it. It's nice to be social in the Kitchen.


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