Appetizer- Stuffed Mushrooms~mushroom caps filled with melted cheese and bacon bits. Salad- Caesar Salad~romaine lettuce with lemon juice, croutons and parmesan cheese. Main dish- Roast~beef roast cooked in the oven with a main seasoning of thyme. Side dish- Potatoes, Carrots and Onions~roasted with the meat to a tender soft texture. Dessert- No Bake Cookies~chocolate oatmeal and peanut butter blend together to create a crumbly cookie.
11:00 am Shop for dinner items. 2:00-2:15 Begin to prepare vegetables for roast. 2:15-2:30 Prepare vegetables for roast. 2:30-2:45 Put vegetables in bag and follow recipe directions for coating vegetables. 2:45- 3:00 Season meat and place in bag to seal and put in oven. 3:00-3:15 Wash romaine lettuce and dry thoroughly. 3:15-3:30 Cut lettuce into bite size pieces. 3:45-4:00 Cut lemons for salad and clean mushrooms. 4:00-4:15 Make stuffed mushroom mix. 4:15-4:30 Fill mushroom caps with mix and set aside. 4:30-4:45 Check roast, clean any dirty dishes. 4:45-5:00 Set table and create centerpiece. 5:00-5:15 Check roast, begin making no bake cookies. 5:14-5:30 Finish making no bake cookies and drop onto aluminum foil. 5:30-5:45 Clean up any dirty dishes. 5:45-6:00 Gather any garnishing ingredients. 6:00-6:15 Put mushrooms in small oven. 6:15-6:30 Take mushrooms out of oven and place on serving platter. Garnish. 6:30-6:45 Finishing touches on appetizers and salad. 6:45 Serve appetizers and salad. 7:00 Serve roast and vegetables. 7:30 Clean up and place dessert out. 8:15 Clean up finished.
1 Package Fresh Whole Mushrooms •½ tsp Pepper • ½ C Bacon Bits •1 -12oz Jar Beef Gravy •¾ C Shredded Cheddar Cheese 3 Large Peeled Carrots, cut in 1 in 3 Romaine Lettuce Heads pieces I bag Fresh Gourmet, Classic Caesar 3 Medium potatoes, quartered Premium Croutons 1 Medium onion, cut in 8 wedges •½ bottle Cardini’s Original Caesar •¼ lb Margarine Dressing 2 C Sugar 3 Fresh Lemons •4 Tbsp Cocoa •¼ C Flour •½ C Milk •3-4 lb beef roast •½ C Peanut butter •1 Tbsp Dried Thyme •1tsp Vanilla •½ tsp Seasoned Salt •3 C Uncooked OatmealItem was purchased.•Item was at my house.
Ingredients:•1 Package Fresh Whole Mushrooms• ½ C Bacon Bits•¾ C Shredded Cheddar Cheese Procedure: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Clean mushrooms. 3. Pop stem out of cap of mushroom and place into food processor. 4. Mix stems, cheese and bacon bits. 5. Place a spoonful of the mixture into each mushroom cap that has been places on a greased baking sheet. 6. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is fully melted. Source: Mom
Ingredients:• 3 Romaine Lettuce Heads•I bag Fresh Gourmet, Classic CaesarPremium Croutons•½ bottle Cardini’s Original CaesarDressing•3 Fresh LemonsProcedure:1. Clean lettuce heads and cut lettuce into bite size pieces and towel dry.2. Place cut lettuce in large bowl, add croutons.3. Cut lemons into ¼ ’s to squeeze onto salad4. Add dressing to salad.5. Serve. Source: Mom
Ingredients: •¼ C Flour •3-4 lb beef roast •1 Tbsp Dried Thyme •½ tsp Seasoned Salt •½ tsp Pepper •1 -12oz Jar Beef Gravy •3 Large Peeled Carrots, cut in 1 in pieces •3 Medium potatoes, quartered •1 Medium onion, cut in 8 wedgesProcedure:1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.2. Shake flour in Reynolds Oven Bag and place in 12x9x2 in baking pan.3. Combine thyme, seasoned salt and pepper in small bowl.4. Trim fat from roast, sprinkle and rub seasonings on roast and set aside.5. Add gravy to bag and blend with flour by squeezing the bag, add vegetables to bag and turn bag to coat vegetables with gravy. Arrange vegetables evenly around outter edges.6. Place roast in center of vegetables. Close bag with nylon tie. Cut six ½ in slits in top of bag.7. Bake for 1 ½ to 2 hours or until meat thermometer reads 160 degrees. Source: Reynolds oven bag box
Ingredients:•¼ lb Margarine•2 C Sugar•4 Tbsp Cocoa•½ C Milk•½ C Peanut butter•1tsp Vanilla•3 C Uncooked OatmealProcedure:1. Bring margarine, sugar ,cocoa, and milk to a boil for ½ minutes.2. Add peanut butter, vanilla, and oatmeal.3. Stir well and drop by spoonfuls.4. Let stand to set. Source: Great Grandma Bea
This meal seemed appealing to me because roast is not something my family eats very often and I believed it would be a challenge to have all of these components ready to eat at one time. I also chose this side dish because my family really enjoys roasted vegetables for dinner and this menu was full of items I knew everyone would love
My meal definitely had it’s complications but in the end, unraveled beautifully. This meal turned out in pieces which worked out great. First to be served was the appetizers and salad, then once the dirty dishes were removed, the main and side dishes were served. Once finished, everyone excused themselves from the table and a plate of cookies was set out to munch on.
Overall, my meal went smoothly but if I were to do this again, I would have paid more attention to garnishes and details like the centerpiece. This would have contributed to the “wow” factor of the meal and I feel it would have helped my guests feel as if they were dining in a nice restaurant setting.
The meal went over very smoothly with all 9 members of my family that came to my house! Every course was devoured and left- overs were hard to come by. My family also appreciated getting a full meal cooked without everyone pitching in since that is how my family usually cooks.
Creative cooking was helpful to me during this meal because I used the skills I have learned in class, such as managing time and juggling more than one task to reach a goal. My goal was to have my meal on the table at approximately 6:30 and by preparing more than one food at a time, I was nearly able to accomplish this.
This project was very helpful to me because it helped me work on my time management. Because I will be going off to college next year, cooking could become something I do daily. Thank you to my mom for supporting me and helping me through this cooking process without actually helping me prepare the food.