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Old 09-24-2008, 10:05 AM
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I've been chosen to participate in a focus group tonight. This will be done differently in that the interviewers will come to my house and watch me prepare dinner.

The study is about cheese so it would be nice if I made a recipe with cheese. I'm planning on hitting the grocery store in about 2 hours and purchasing what I need, if it's not already in the house. I just made chili last night so that's out. I have a husband, 2 teenage boys and a preteen daughter to feed. It should be easy and require minimal prep work since I don't want to be spending the hour before they get here prepping. I'm open for just about anything!
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Old 09-24-2008, 10:12 AM
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Sounds like fondue would be right up your alley!

Cheese Fondue Recipe at Epicurious.com

If it seems too fussy, try somemac n cheese. My favorite recipe is using white sauce as per the instructions on the package of Wondra flour, adding grated medium white cheddar until it melts, stirring in the pasta, pouring it into the casserole, sprinkling it with buttered Panko crumbs (or bread crumbs) and baking for about 25 minutes.

If you need exact details of the recipe let me know. It's a sure-fire crowd pleaser.
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Old 09-25-2008, 08:05 AM
Location: Wethersfield, CT
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How did your focus group go?

Cheese boards (harvest board) are always nice and extremely easy. I always prepare one when we're having a party and it's always a big hit. I start with a big cutting board. Take a couple different types of cheese, couple different types of meats. Sometimes I'll bake bree (extremely easy to make and fun to dress up) and throw it on there or use a type of pate'. I always dress it up with whatever fruit is in season. For instance over the summer I'd pile different types of berries. Grapes are good too.
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Old 09-25-2008, 11:57 AM
Location: Wethersfield, CT
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Also adding a basket of crackers to go along.
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Old 09-25-2008, 12:12 PM
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Default Chicken Pasta Bake.

I make this awesome very cheesy pasta bake and just recently added chicken to it and it's great.

1 8oz pkg of cream cheese
1 bag shredded cheddar
1 bag shredded mozarella
1 bag of tri color pasta (the swirly kind, not sure what it's called)
1 pkg fully cooked chicken
1 jar of Prego Spaghetti sauce
1 pkg of Broccoli, carrots & califlower medley (you can get the one that just steams in the microwave.

Preheat the Oven to 450

1. Boil the pasta til tender, drain,
2. add the cream cheese to the hot noodles, mix until fully blended
3. start adding half a bag of the mozarella and the cheddar slowly as you mix.
4. Add the spaghetti sauce and mix.
5. once all this is fully blended add the steamed veggies.
6. Add the chicken last. once mixed place in a cake 10x13 cake pan and spread evenly.
7. Sprinkle the remaing mozarella and cheddar over the top.

about 30 minutes before your guests arrive stick it in the oven on 450. in an hour it will come out all bubly, gooey and delicious. it's an easy meal that every one will love. Good Luck and have a great meeting.
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