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Supper and Stargazing

I am hosting a supper and stargazing dinner party and I would really appreciate some menu ideas. I am hosting the event outside for my boyfriend and I along with two other couples. I would like to serve dishes that do not have to be any exact temperature and they should be relatively cooling as I live in Florida and it could be 90 degrees two weeks from now.

I would like to make a spinach and gruyere quiche but other than that I have no idea what to serve. The communities help would be appreciated.

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dracutgrl
Apr. 20th, 2014 11:15 pm (UTC)
Fruit salad is always a winner. A nice gazpacho might be yummy, too. All things that can be made ahead and served chilled.
whyintellectual
Apr. 21st, 2014 08:09 pm (UTC)
I found a cute fruit skewer with star fruit at the top that might work nicely.
full_metal_ox
Apr. 21st, 2014 08:24 pm (UTC)
Star fruit is thematically perfect! You also might want to consider kiwis, in honor of the Southern Hemisphere--I presume that the Southern Cross is on the agenda for stargazers in Florida in May, particularly if you have an uncluttered southern horizon; the ocean is perfect.

If you want a cute (though unhealthful) dessert, how about that Southern favorite, Moon Pies?.
whyintellectual
Apr. 21st, 2014 09:19 pm (UTC)
Most of my guests are not fans of super sweet foods so I am sticking with the fruit. If I cannot find star fruit I may just buy kiwi and cut it with a cookie cutter.
full_metal_ox
Apr. 21st, 2014 10:03 pm (UTC)
Hmmm...how about a big shallow bowl of black bean dip, with shredded white cheese strewn diagonally across to represent the Milky Way and tortilla chips for Big Dipping?
icelore
Apr. 21st, 2014 12:29 am (UTC)
Chilled strawberry soup!
whyintellectual
Apr. 21st, 2014 08:10 pm (UTC)
I am so scared of making cold soups. I should get over it.
explorer0713
Apr. 21st, 2014 10:14 pm (UTC)
You could always tell them "The smoothie turned out a little thin. Sorry." ;-)
damsie
Apr. 21st, 2014 03:06 am (UTC)
I love themed parties. Don't have anything to add, but I love this idea.
whyintellectual
Apr. 21st, 2014 08:10 pm (UTC)
I purchased a few planispheres for the party. Each couple gets a planisphere and two constellations to look for. The planispheres are also gifts upon the end of the night.
anais_pf
Apr. 21st, 2014 03:57 am (UTC)
I made this salad for Easter dinner and it was fabulous. I think it would fit in well with your quiche . . . though there is spinach in it: http://www.betterrecipes.com/blogs/daily-dish/2010/05/04/celebrate-spring-with-a-salad (Roasted Asparagus, Strawberry and Walnut Salad). I also made this mushroom dish that was fine hot out of the oven but also later when it cooled off: http://simpleprovisions.com.au/2012/08/21/baked-lemon-and-thyme-mushrooms (Baked Lemon and Thyme Mushrooms).
whyintellectual
Apr. 21st, 2014 08:11 pm (UTC)
The salad looks intriguing. I think a bit of strawberry with the quiche would be nice.
anais_pf
Apr. 21st, 2014 03:58 am (UTC)
Also, some sort of star-shaped cookies would be fun.
spikesgirl58
Apr. 21st, 2014 12:06 pm (UTC)
These are fabulous for just munching on. WE make two varieties - one with the cheddar and one with blue cheese.

Cheese Straws

1 ½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup finely grated cheddar cheese
½ t. salt
¼ to ½ t. cayenne pepper
Flour for dusting the work surface
1 pound frozen puff pastry, defrosted (the two sheet pack works best)
1 egg, beaten

Mix the cheese, salt, and cayenne pepper together in a small bowl and set aside.

Dust the work surface with flour and roll out one sheet of the puff pastry (or 8 oz of dough) into a 10 x 18 inch rectangle. Brush the entire surface with egg and sprinkle one cup of the cheese mixtures over the top half of the dough only). Fold the bottom half of the dough up and over the cheese and press the edges together with a rolling pin to seal. Then press the halves together gently to make the layers stick. Then roll out the dough again into a 10 x 18 rectangle.

Sprinkle a ¼ cup of the cheese mixture over the top of the dough and press the cheese into the dough. (they say with a rolling pin, but, honestly, your hand works better.

Using a pizza wheel or a long knife, trim the edges of the dough into a neat 10 x 18 rectangle and then cut it into ¾ x 10 inch strips. Twist each strip 4 or 5 times and place on a parchment-lines cookie sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough. Place the cookie sheets in the refrigerator to allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400

Bake the cheese straws for 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown. Remove them from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Serve at room temperature (if you can wait that long)
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