The Surreal Gourmet EnterTains: High-Fun, Low-Stress Dinner Parties for 6 to 12 People

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Chronicle Books, Aug 1, 1995 - Cooking - 120 pages
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Martha Stewart run for cover! The Surreal Gourmet is back with hundreds of unique ideas for throwing a worry-free dinner party. Bob Blumer—master of creative entertaining—takes angst-ridden hosts through the planning step by step. Here are over 25 recipes that can be quickly and easily prepared by even the most inexperienced cook, each accompanied by suggestions for wine and music to dine (and cook) by. There's also an "advanced adventure club," featuring high-concept dinners like salmon cooked in the dishwasher (it works!). Filled with witty, full-color artwork, The Surreal Gourmet Entertains is sure to bring dinner companions together with fantastic food, a vibrant atmosphere, and lots of fun.

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Contents

introduction
5
party planning
6
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what
10
where 12 when
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party provisions 18 the treasure chest
18
tequila chicken served on corn confetti
66
buildyourown shish kaBobs
68
buildyourown burrito fiesta
70
pasta prima donna
72
champagne risotto with asparagus wild mushrooms and gorgonzola
74
drunken shrimp Creole
76
baked salmon with cilantro sauce
78
lobster cape cod style
80

beverages
19
the pantry
22
serving apparatus
23
cooking utensils
24
the facilities
25
the art of ambiance 28 decorating and redecorating 28 flower power
28
lighting
29
music
30
the art of cooking for 6 to 12 people 34 cooking for 6 to 12 people recipes
34
a recipe users guide to the surreal universe finger foods
38
pear camembert quesadillas
42
sesameginger broccoli spears
44
mussel beach
46
grate bruschetta
48
citrusmarinated olives
50
crusty herbed breadsticks
52
seasoned nuts
54
roasted red bell pepper soup
56
vichyssoise with roasted garlic
58
baby greens
60
chez Bobs party caesar
62
mambo chicken with mango salsa
64
thai coconut curry
82
steak cowboy style
84
sweet potato stars
86
greens
88
10 more ways to avoid making dessert
90
creative cocktails
92
party time 96 surreal party etiquette 98 the art of flexibility
96
the partys over
101
the advanced adventure club 104 the allElvis evening
104
monocuisine
105
the surreal meal
106
french dressing
107
frozen TV dinner switcheroo
108
musical pears
109
basics
110
the danger zones
112
cooking techniques
113
basic recipes
114
liquor cabinet list
115
miscellaneous references
116
acknowledgments
117
Copyright

About the author (1995)

Bob Blumer is the creator and host of the Food Network show Surreal Gourmet. He lives in the Hollywood Hills where his other car is a Toastermobile. You can visit Bob's Web Site to catch the latest in surreal cuisine.

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