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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED:  Congrats Stephanie Merrill!

Last week I mentioned that I got to guest blog on America’s Test Kitchen’s Blog, The Feed.  (Click here to see my post!)  I’m a long-time fan of ATK so I was thrilled to be able to test out this new book.    I love the whole concept of the Menu Cookbook, because most of the stress of planning a dinner party comes from figuring out what to serve and then coming up with a plan to bring it to fruition without wanting to collapse by the time your guests actually arrive!  The Menu book makes the whole process seamless.  It’s organized by menus, giving you perfectly planned and proportioned dinner menus with timelines, tips, and tricks on every page.  All the meals include a main dish, a few sides, and a dessert that all go together beautifully.

I prepared the “Fajitas and ‘Ritas” menu.  Y’all know how much I love fajitas!

One of my favorite features is that each menu outlines a “Game Plan,” which is basically like a little personal assistant telling you exactly when and how to do each step.  For example, this particular game plan tells you that the Key Lime Pie can be made a whole day ahead of time.

 

Also, the drinks, so I juiced a lot of limes that day!

Since I don’t drink alcohol, and there would be children at my dinner party, I made virgin margaritas , which turned out to be delicious and refreshing and a perfect compliment to the meal.

It was like a heavenly glass of a home style lemon-limeaide which everyone gulped down quickly!  It was nice to have it done and chilled a whole day ahead of time.

With those two things checked off my to-do list, the day of my dinner party was pretty simple.  I had some family and friends over and everyone pitched in to help out.  I taught my sweet nieces how to cut avocados and they made the guacamole themselves!

Some people might think you should have every last thing prepared on on the table for a dinner party, but I actually love the process of having people pitch in, one of the best parts of a meal for me is chatting with my friends before the meal when we’re prepping food together.

Along with Fajitas and virgin Margaritas, we also had corn with lime butter, fresh guacamole, and homemade salsa.  So, pretty much my favorite meal ever.

Oh, and to top it off?  That amazing key lime pie.  I could have eaten it all myself, for real.

 

I would love for one of you readers to get to enjoy this beautiful book as well, so America’s Test Kitchen has given me one to share!

Entry guidelines:  To enter, leave a comment and tell us what your go-to meal is when you have company over.

One comment per person, only comments on this post will count.  Please do not send email or facebook entries.  Giveaway open to US residents.  Winner will be announced in 2 weeks, Monday November 7th.

And if you’re not that patient, go ahead and grab a copy for yourself right now!

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  1. 1
    Sara says:

    I have a fabulous white lasagna that is my go-to!

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    Nancy Kong-Vasquez says:

    If I don’t win, I’m going to buy this book. Great job, Sara!

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    Lori Edgerton says:

    I’m boring and old school! But I definitely would LOVE to change that to something more exciting!
    I ALWAYS make a roast with veggies and potatoes. A.L.W.A.Y.S. Well, that was back when I had people over. Hmmmm maybe that’s why nobody comes over anymore! LOL

    I NEED this book! lol

  4. 4
    Christa Bruner says:

    I usually make fajitas or enchiladas. Who doesn’t love mexican food!?

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    Becky J says:

    I’m never this “early” in the comments, maybe it’s a good sign ;)

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    Monica says:

    I think our favorite is your bacon wrapped teriyaki chicken skewers with lime cilantro rice on the side! YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY!!!

  7. 7
    Carrie Igl says:

    Marinated flank steak, twice baked potatoes, caramelized green beans and garlic rolls. And chocolate of some kind for dessert…. or maybe as an appetizer, too!

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    Elisa W. says:

    I love a good taco salad!

  9. 9

    We have a baked penne recipe with cauliflower and creme fraiche that we LOVE making for guests! My husband was just looking through this book at the bookstore so I would LOVE to win this!

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    Shayla says:

    I love making grilled pizza for company, always a crowd pleaser!

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    La Tannya Murphy says:

    My go to meal when I have gust over is a chicken enchilada bake , spanish rice, fried plantains and flan for desert. The bake and flan can be made the day ( or two) before and the rice comes together quick enough. I put my guest sto “work” smashing the plantains as they come out of the oil while we chat away.

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    Emma Jo Yeager says:

    Chili and corn bread is a favorite. :)

  13. 13
    Amanda says:

    Chicken tortilla soup with tortellini

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    tricia says:

    Bacon mac&cheese and a roast chicken, YUM!

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    Kristine says:

    ATK’s xhicken saltimbocca!!

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    Garett K says:

    Num Num Num!

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    Trina says:

    mine is nothing fancy – tator-tot casseroll!

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    Julie B says:

    My go to meal is a crockpot chicken with pasta and a fabulous white garlic sauce, homemade bread and salad. I LOVE the idea of complete menus in a cookbook!

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    Garett K says:

    White bean chicken chili!

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    I love casseroles, I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad one, and it’s easy and filling!

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    Violet says:

    My go-to meal is build your own tacos! Everyone gets what they want!
    Love your site and the book looks amazingly yummy!

  22. 22
    Heidi says:

    Flank steak, roasted potatoes and this awesome veggie dish using white corn, green beans and grape tomatoes.

  23. 23
    Avidan says:

    I’ve got a honey-mustard chicken I throw together with some rice and a chocolate peppermint cake.

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    Tiffany says:

    I like to do pulled pork in the crock pot, something easy that can be ready when we are.

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    Becky says:

    Cranberry chicken, salad and croissants!

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    Crissy Kaelin says:

    Well I live with my parents, and they do not like having company over, but whenever I have an opportunity to make something for a potluck or a get together, my go to is my homemade pasta salad. Its always the first to go. Always. I made it for mt best friend for his potluck at his school, and one if his friends called me to tell me how awesome it was! Never had that before!!

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    Kristi F. says:

    My son’s favorite dish is homemade Macaroni and cheese with peas and tuna mixed in. I make that dish a lot.

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    Mary Miller says:

    My go to meal would have to be my super easy cheese and beef enchiladas. We cheat a little and use store bought corn tortillas, but they are just oh so yummy and I have yet to hear a complaint! We normally make a HUGE helping of them thinking we will have some tasty leftovers for lunch the next day, lol we have yet to have any leftover after dinner!

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    Jeanine says:

    Our go to meal is either take out pizza or hot dogs and hamburgers on the bbq grill.

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    Angela says:

    Baked spaghetti and breadsticks….boring, but good.

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    Amanda Cannon says:

    We BBQ carne asada. And have a buffet style fiesta. Simmer pinto beans in the crockpot and build your own burrito, taco or whatever floats your boat. Leftovers make amazing enchiladas too. :)

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    Laura says:

    chicken fajitas are a big hit every time

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    rach says:

    My go to meal for company is grilled hamburgers and pasta salad. Mmmmm…going to have to have company over soon. :)

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    Julia C. says:

    Mine is Chicken Enchiladas….I’ve made it so many times it’s almost from memory!

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    Connie Driggers says:

    To go meal: White Chicken Lasagna :)

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    Staci Gray says:

    Carne Asada with Spanish rice and Black Beans. We are having it Friday for the elders!

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    Kirstin says:

    My go to meal is to grill something. Usually steak or chicken and then combine it with a fabulous salad and fruit.

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    angela says:

    I am a homemade soup making loving girl!!! and as it gets colder, its a great idea to stay warm.

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    Tracy says:

    Buffalo chicken tacos! So good and a little bit unexpected, I love that!

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    Monica Miles says:

    My go-to recipe for company is Baked Rigatoni. Very easy homemade sauce with diced tomatoes, basil, black pepper – bake over cooked noodles, and topped with mozzarella.

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    Ruby says:

    Go to meal is basically turning on the outdoor grill and cooking up some delicious carne asada with a side of rice :)

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    Haylie says:

    my go-to is usually something on the grill, or i attempt to make some elaborate meal that makes me crazy throughout the entire process,starting with planning the meal all the way to trying to keep a clean kitchen while cooking it! I think i really need this book!

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    Amber s says:

    In the cold season beef stroganoff, in the warm season chicken fajitas.

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    Allison says:

    I usually make a fantastic macaroni and cheese.

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    Leigh Ann says:

    My go-to meal changes depending on the time of year and demographic of my guests. But I do have a few to rotate between. Love the blog!

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    Dana W. says:

    Our go to meal is usually tri-tip on the grill and roasted red and sweet potatoes.

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    Van says:

    my go-to meal for guests is chicken stew with herb biscuits and a green salad. and for dessert, a cream cheese pound cake with berries. would LOVE this cookbook!!!

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    Melanie says:

    I always make pot roast or enchiladas. Clearly I need something new!

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    Matt says:

    Go to meal when it’s cold out – chili and green chile cornbread, or chicken tortilla soup

    Go to meal when it’s nice out – grilled chicken and salad.

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    cassie says:

    My go-to meal for company is spaghetti and turkey meatballs with homemade bread. Comfort food at its best! :)

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    Kristina says:

    My go to has been tri-tip and roasted potatoes. But oh how things have changed since discovering your website.

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    Marissa says:

    I LOVE all the America’s Test Kitchen books and now I need this one! I usually make this delicious fiesta chicken salad when I have company over!

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    Kristina Lewis says:

    I go to Mexican food every time I entertain. Enchiladas, fajitas, shrimp cocktail and guacamole!

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    Sarah Callaway says:

    Go to is build your own burrito bar. Something for everyone!

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    Dee W. says:

    Lasagna is my go to meal for company.

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    Leslie N says:

    Chicken breast with sundried tomato paste and breadcrumb/parm cheese coating. Toss a salad and make some garlic bread…fast and easy!

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    norniea says:

    I would love to have the cookbook. I enjoy your web-site…great stuff.

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    dana albert says:

    I come from a large Italian family so my go to dinner is always a homemade family marinara sauce and pasta. I usually make a couple different pastas and a ceaser salad

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    Lizette blackwell says:

    My go to recipe is the cheesy chicken pasta on your site. I serve it with a big Caesar salad and garlic bread.

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    I tend to do meats with company over, for some reason, like grilled pork loin cutlets with a pan sauce. Sides and dessert usually depend on what I bought at the store that week. Honestly I don’t have a lot of dinner parties but I often bring the desserts to the ones we’re invited to, which usually are from your site/cookbook. :)

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    Nalani Tsue says:

    My go-to meal when there are lots of hungry people to feed is a pasta dish that I adapted from a cookbook I was leafing through once when I was babysitting and the kiddos were asleep… I saute vegetables (any that you want! asparagus, carrots, squash, whatevsies) in chicken broth and thyme, adding one veggie to the pan at a time depending on how long they take to cook, and when they’re just tender I toss them with olive oil, parmesan cheese, and penne. Top it with more cheese and serve- super fast and deeeeelish.

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    Marisa says:

    I have the best egg roll recipe! Yumm!

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    kimber says:

    BBQ chicken? or Lasagna. Both are easy and get rave reviews.

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    Shannon jacoby says:

    Favorite all time meal is Tacos with homemade guacamole!!!! everyone’s fav when they come to our house :)

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    Emily says:

    I do a simple salmon on the grill. As long as the guests eat fish, that is!

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    Jana says:

    Pizza benders – like a calzone, with sauce on the side. Everyone gets to choose their own fillings.

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    Lauren says:

    Lasagna and enchiladas are my go to meal.

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    Jen says:

    Our ‘go to’ is anything grilled. Steaks, burgers and beer butt chicken are some of our favorites. I make a big salad and some rolls and call it good! :)

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    Beth Parks says:

    Believe it or not, my go-to meal for company is chicken fajitas also! I start with what I call “dump” tortilla soup (you just dump the ingredients in a pot and heat it up) and finish with a brownie pie (a la mode, of course!)

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    Kristi says:

    We usually do hamburgers on the grill. In California you can pretty much do it year round so that’s our go-to! Texas sheet cake is always a crowd-pleaser for dessert.

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    Annalee Kelly says:

    My favorite winter meal is beef & vegetable barley soup! It feeds a lot and is filling and nutritious!

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    Liz says:

    I think I usually go for lasagna. You can’t really go wrong with pasta and bread. This cookbook looks awesome!

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    Edie S says:

    Unfortunately, I don’t have a go to meal for company. How sad is that! I think I really need this giveaway!!! :)

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    Angie Brionez says:

    Kahlua Pulled Pork Sandwiches, sweet potato fries and vinegary cole slaw! Making it for 80 people on Wednesday – yeeeeeehaw!

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    Kelly C. says:

    My go-to meals are roast beef enchiladas or I let my husband grill some Hawaiian inspired chicken/steak. After many kitchen disasters, I’ve learned sticking with what I know I can pull off is best :)

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    Michelle says:

    Hmm. In the Fall it’s usually two or three big pots of soup, yummy homemade bread, and something chocolatey for dessert! :)

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    Elizabeth W says:

    Anything accompanied by fresh-baked bread– it’s so simple and always impressive.

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    KALIE says:

    My go-to meal is french bread chicken sandwiches. I’ve never had anyone disappointed! (…or I guess anyone that’s told me if they are haha)

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    Nancy says:

    I’m not sure that I have a go to meal (although if pressed I’d probably say homemade pizza) but I do have a go to technique and that is BBQing. Hamburgers, marinated chicken, steaks, even pizza! And living in Phoenix where you can grill year round makes it an easy go to. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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    Janie says:

    Honey lime chicken enchiladas are definitely my go-to. I would LOVE to win this cookbook! My husband and I both love ATK and this would be a great Christmas gift for him. :)

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    Kristin Arnold says:

    My go to meal when company comes over is pretty simple! BBQ crock pot chicken sandwiches, corn on the cob and baked potatoes. Easy!

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    Myranda says:

    My go to meal is throwing a pork roast in the crock pot with some amazing BBQ sauce! You have shredded pork sandwhiches, green salad and mashed potatoes! YUMMO!

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    Jennae Mitchell says:

    Chicken noodle soup over mashed potatoes

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    Julia says:

    I’ve probably mentioned this before, but my go to favorite is still your white chicken chili! Its hearty and delicious, but to the point where I feel like I need to crash right after I eat it. I could eat it in any season to, so I love to use it for my guests! LOVE IT!

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    missy says:

    i don’t really have a go-to recipe! i guess i really could use a good cookbook…..

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    Marie says:

    My go to meal is chipotle-pork tacos. They’re delicious! And they always make my husband happy. :)

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    summer says:

    my go-to meal is chicken potpie. it takes me an hour to make, plus 45 minutes to bake, but its delicious and everyone always loves it. Sis-in-law’s recipe :)

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    Cheryl W. says:

    I try to make something different each time we have company or family over.

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    Shelley says:

    I like to do Grilled Fish, brussel sprouts (most people will say they don’t like them, but after trying my recipe, will eat and enjoy them), and rice pilaf.

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    Sharon Anderson says:

    My go to meal is Mac n cheese with kielbasa. Or pie!

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    Melia Hayes says:

    Pulled pork sandwiches and coleslaw.

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    Carol F. says:

    Oh, I would love to read this cookbook. I love America’s Test Kitchen and watch it whenever it is on in my area. My favorite go-to meal for company is this Martha Stewart recipe for Chicken Artichoke Stew over rice or these yummy pork chops from my sister. But lasagna or baked chicken are good, too. Depends on the adventure level of the guests!!

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    Kristy C says:

    Pretzel crusted chicken with cheddar mustard sauce is my favorite to do if I’m wanting to impress. It’s easy and different from the normal breaded chicken people are used to. Serving it with potatoes and broccoli or cauliflower so the cheese sauce can be used on everything on the plate is also nice.

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    Ana says:

    My go-to is chicken, black bean quesadillas with fresh quacamole and lots o’ limes!

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    Staley White says:

    I’m a huge fan of dinner for breakfast. We do a simple, but delicious waffle bar when company surprise us

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    Amy says:

    My go to meal is a baked potato bar, and salad, and 5-in-1 salad….. I think I need the book for ideas.

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    Ricki says:

    Mine is smoked beef brisket with sides! Hope I win!

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    Breck McClaine says:

    My go to meal is steak baked potato and a salad

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    Mandie White says:

    I LOVE ATK and generally my go to meal for guests is a new recipe from Cook’s Illustrated. One of my faves is their Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza, great for a crowd!

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    Atzimba says:

    My go to meal is ‘nachos’. So yummy!

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    Janelle S says:

    White enchiladas or your guiltless alfredo with grilled chicken.

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    Laura says:

    my go-to is veggie pizza with whatever I have on-hand. Usually tomatoes, artichoke hearts, peppers &/or olives with a marinara or a pesto sauce & fresh mozzerella.

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    Shondel says:

    My go to is YOUR chicken taquitos! We had them tonight in fact!! Love you gals!

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    Beth says:

    It’s a toss up! Depending on how much notice, either Chicken Enchiladas made with flour tortillas (family preference, although I prefer corn, and store bought roasted chicken for the filling to make it really fast). If I have plenty of notice, Eggplant Parmesan made with meat sauce, heavy on the meat…usually Trader Joe’s Chicken Sicilian Sausage, out of the casing!

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    Michele says:

    I usually make a chicken marsala past dish

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    Lorrie R says:

    My go to meal lately has been bbq/smoked salmon, but the sides and dessert vary.

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    Emalee says:

    I don’t really have a go to meal yet for guests and don’t often have the chance to have guests over. At this point just trying to figure out how to get nutritious, varied, and palatable ob the table for 8 (several who are very young and very impatient) seems like quite the task. However I’d like to change and this cookbook would be such a help. Thank you.

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    Jamie says:

    French dip. I let the crockpot do all the work.

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    Richelle says:

    I love making your Spicy Honey Chicken. Everyone raves over it. Or if spicy is out of the question I like making a big lasagna with salad and bread to dip in oil. Would LOVE to win this. I have Christopher Kimball’s Dessert Bible and study that thing. I also catch some episodes on PBS. My brain just can’t soak up enough of their tips.

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    Sarah says:

    I’m addicted to cooking blogs and trying out new meals! We are always having family parties/dinners at our house, so it’s a good thing I like to plan different meals all the time. One of our favorites has been enchiladas, black beans and spanish rice, a green salad with creamy lime dressing, corn, and chips with homemade salsa.

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    Erika says:

    Salsa Verde Chicken Enchilada Casserole with homemade guacamole and chips! Yum.. I need to invite someone over now just so I can make it!

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    Teresa says:

    I like to make sweet pork burritos with black beans, guacamole, and cilantro ranch dressing.

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    Amanda says:

    We usually end up doing fondue when we have people over. It takes a while and makes for lots of opportunity for conversation. If you count family, I love making Hawaiian Haystacks for large family gatherings. They’re very easy to personalize.

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    Shannon B says:

    anything MEXICAN works for me! I LOVE mexican food! :)

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    Laurel says:

    Wow, that whole meal looks delicious! What fun. :)

    I love making your creamy chicken taquitos with some yummy mexican rice and sometimes a salad. However, I definitely need some menu-type ideas for more dinner parties! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

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    Sharn says:

    This book is PERFECT! When we have company over for the weekend, I usually spend all week perusing all my cookbooks thinking of what to cook and what dishes go together. This will save me so much time and headache! I love my curry chicken and will usually serve that if I know my guests can take a little heat!

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    My go to meal is meat loaf!

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    Sharyn Melaniphy says:

    I’ve used and shared many of Our Best Bites recipes with Family & Friends, I’ll be sharing Fajitas and “Ritas” as well. My go to meal is “Easy Potato and Bacon Breakfast Casserole”, Everyone who knows me knows I love to have “Breakfast Parties” versus “Dinner Parties”. Thank you for all the FABULOUS recipes : )

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    Sarah says:

    Grilled pizzas or tacos, depending on the weather…

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    Natalie Lloyd says:

    I have a fabulous recipe handed down through my Grandma for Chicken Noodle Soup. I even make the noodles from scratch. It’s de-lish, and has turned me into quite the Chicken Soup snob. Since it makes an enormous amount, it is a great thing for company. Sometimes I even spring for some bread bowls (or make them by combining several frozen rolls together after thawing). Ahhh, comfort food…

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    Rachel says:

    What a great giveaway! I LOVE ATK, and a book like this is genius! That’s definitely the hardest part of hosting, is getting everything ready at the right time without killing yourself.

    My go-to party meal is carne asada fajitas, with the meat from a carniceria where you have to order in Spanish (it’s AWESOME), homemade guacamole, and mint lemonade. Surprisingly like your meal there, actually! It’s fair because I have to go buy the meat, and then my English-speaking husband grills it. :)

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    Aubri says:

    Grilled pork chops, black beans and rice (Brazilian style!), roasted broccoli and spinach salad. This cook book looks great…and I loved your post!

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    Melanie Erickson says:

    I don’t have one specific go to meal. I am always up for trying new menu items and love to have others test my offerings. Knock on wood, I have never had a complete fail with company over. A favorite though is Baked Potato Soup.

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    Annie says:

    Grilled chicken, baked potatoes, and salad.

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    Tiffany H says:

    my go-to meal would be pasta and meatballs!

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    Nicole Maki says:

    Baked tomato pasta is always a huge hit. We usually serve it with salad and artisan bread.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Honey lime enchiladas, always a hit!

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    Diana says:

    That would be spaghetti and Italian sausage balls with a salad and garlic bread. Every time I make it it reminds me of having the missionaries over for dinner since my mom would make it EVERY time they came.

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    Dallin Hague says:

    My go to meal would definitely have to be my mom’s chili. It’s not your normal chili, and we eat it like a taco salad, piling on the chips, lettuce, chili, cheese and sour cream! Yum!!!

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    angela says:

    My go to meal is usually beer can chicken on the grill along with a potato salad and grilled veggies.

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    Linda Storer says:

    Tacos, that is one thing I can count on to always be a hit.

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    Rachel says:

    I always do a soup. It’s so easy to have prepared when everyone gets there, and there are fewer dishes to do after they’ve all left!

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    Kari says:

    My go to meal is a white chicken chilli, with cornbread.

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    Kirstin D says:

    Hawaiian Haystacks w/ fresh pineapple. Yum!

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    Jackie says:

    I have a garlic-lime baked chicken that I love, and every person who has ever tasted has loved. Compliments to a friend who introduced me, and a recipe that my picky husband absolutely loves!

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    Ang says:

    We often do homemade pizza, which is wonderful because it’s easy to customize even after the guests arrive, and everybody likes pizza! I even did a cheese-less, oil-free, vegan pizza for a friend the other night – still good! I love the oregano tip from your site, by the way. I’d been sprinkling with sea salt, but the oregano kicks up the flavor without the sodium spike. Thanks!

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    Jamie Boyd says:

    my go-to meal for company is your bacon artichoke pasta bake with your guiltless alfredo.

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    Esty says:

    I love to make different things, but usually when having a dinner party my go to is breaded chicken breast with a cream and mushroom sauce, ‘yellow’ rice and steamed veggies. For dessert- triple chocolate cake! It is my mom’s recipe and everyone love it. Yum!!

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    Jyl says:

    Marinated chicken on the BBQ.

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    Jamy Bailey says:

    I usually make a bow-tie pasta dish with polish sausage, stewed tomatoes, cream and red pepper. It’s super simple and makes quite a large amount. Plus, it’s DELICIOUS!!!!! ;)

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    Jeanna says:

    Our go-to meal for last minute guests is crawfish Elizabeth (crawfish tails in a spicy cream sauce over angel hair) and a mixed greens salad with lots of Greek olives and feta cheese. Yummy!

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    Claudia Aparicio says:

    Being half Italian, we always have gravy/pasta sauce, pesto and imported parmesan in the house. My go-to meal is any kind of pasta using any of those three. Very yummy. :-)

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    Debbie says:

    My go-to menu plan when guests come over is to send my husband out to the grill. I’m not so handy with cooking meat, so I like to let him get his grill on.

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    Judy says:

    Hmmm my go to meal, I would have to go with Green chicken enchiladas. You can’t go wrong with all that cheese!! LoL

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    Nadine Beaufort says:

    I love to serve either Japanese sukiyaki or shabu-shabu because they have a little meat with lots of veggies with a sauce, yum! I’m always up to having more ideas with the Menu cookbook would be helpful!

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    Amanda Strong says:

    Oven Fried Chicken

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    Shannon Bird says:

    My latest go-to meal is BBQ baby-back ribs. Now that I’ve found the perfect sauce it’s a breeze! I’d LOVE to win that cook book!!

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    amy c says:

    Brad Pitt favorite pasta dish or so it says on my recipe. :) Pair it with a pear, walnut and feta salad with a homemade dressing and something chocolately for dessert and we are set. Thanks for the giveaway. Looks like a great book.

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    RMS says:

    lasagna, a green salad, garlic bread.

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    Angela Marshall says:

    The dish I cook most is Lasagna. If I’m planning ahead of time I like to give my guests a request of what they would like and that is what always comes up!

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    Lynn Gordon says:

    Stuffed peppers, because I can make them ahead of time!

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    Lana says:

    I always go to roast with mashed potatoes or a spaghetti/lasagna variation of some sort or another… I need a few new ideas!!

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    Kim says:

    Grilled chicken and veggie kabobs!

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    Jennifer Horrocks says:

    My ‘go to’ has to be balsamic chicken or chicken enchiladas

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    Robyn Dunn says:

    Well since I have 5 kids and I usually invite company over that has kids as well, whatever I make has to be “kid friendly”. We either BBQ or do spaghetti.

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    Bobbi Gessell says:

    Manicotti. The manicotti does not need to be cooked first. I have never had anyone say they dislike it, young and old alike love it.

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    Shelley says:

    Your spicy honey chicken if it’s grillin’ weather! Or your fish tacos…

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    Theresa McBride says:

    My go-to has to be hamburgers with all the fixings. Who doesn’t love a bbq’d burger?!?

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    Lindsey says:

    My favorite meal for a group is cheese enchiladas with my grandma’s “hot sauce”. Very much a comfort food!

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    Snowann says:

    Grilled burgers and dogs, with ranchy potatos and carrots, and a big salad. Homemade ice-cream is always required to finish up with!

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    Emily says:

    I think baked pasta of some kind, bread and salad is always the easiest thing for me when company is over.

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    tory says:

    Our go-to meal is usually Spaghetti & salad. It’s something that you can’t go wrong with, especially with kids. Noodles can be eaten plain, with butter, ranch, or sauce -the pickiest of kids/adults will be satisfied!

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    Julie says:

    Chicken broccoli casserole

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    I would love a copy of that beautiful book!! My go-to meal is definitely poppyseed chicken. It is easy to whip up and feeds a crowd – the fact that it is the hubby’s favorite also helps :)

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    pyper says:

    My go to meal is pulled pork :)

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    Christen Hammond says:

    As long as I know my company my favorite go to meal is fish tacos. I grill talapia and shred it. Make a “salsa” out of mango, cucumber, onion salt pepper and lemon juice. Serve it in 2 corn tortillas (like street tacos) with couscous on the side. It would be so good with your virgin margaritas!!!

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    Sheri Devan says:

    My company go-to is Chicken Tetrazzini, Salad, Garlic toast, and cheating Tiramisu for dessert.

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    Stephanie says:

    Something on the grill. Easy to clean up and the men can chat outside while the women catch up in the house!

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    Alisha says:

    I love making a homemade lasagna and some garlic bread! Yum!

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    Ashley says:

    You can never go wrong with tacos- there are all sorts of ways to spice it up, or serve it low-key.

    Here’s hoping I win :)

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    Yabbs says:

    I either make Steamy Kitchen’s Sweet and Sour Chicken or a pot roast that I turn into Pulled Beef.

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    Kirsti says:

    Oh man! This cookbook looks awesome! My go to meal when having people over… Depends on my mood, cuz I’m definitely a mood cooker. Right now it has got to be chicken pot pie, because it’s absolutely delicious, feeds ALOT and makes great leftovers!!!!!! (and everyone LOVES it!)

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    Beth Dubreuiel says:

    My go to food is Taco soup! Its so so yummy and quick!

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    Heidi Brower says:

    Baked chicken, roasted potatoes, and your caramelized green beans. People LOVE them!!

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    Shelly says:

    It’s nothing too fancy, but my go-to are EBBQ sandwiches. They used to be sold at Einstein Bagels and are shredded BBQ chicken with red onion and tomato on a roll, served with kettle chips. (And whatever else you feel like, of course.)

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    Michelle says:

    Mac n cheese!!

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    Robin Dahl says:

    I’m famous for my chili, and especially love to make it this time of year when the weather is getting chillier (Ha! pun intended) but there are still plenty of fresh tomatoes in the garden. The flavor of the chili is so much better when the tomatoes are fresh instead of canned! We use the leftovers the next night to make Nachos Grande with chips, chili, olives, onions, tomatoes, cheese…whatever is available! A minute or two under the broiler to melt the cheese…YUM!

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    Lisa M says:

    My go to meal when having company over is buffalo chicken dip and maybe order a pizza or make burgers or tacos :)

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    My go to meal is Soup, especially in Autumn. I can create a bowl of soup that everyone loves and use up leftovers in my fridge and pantry.

    I would love to win this cookbook. I use to watch America’s Test Kitchen as I fed my babies!!

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    Crystal B says:

    I make chicken enchiladas! Yummy.

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    Lauriann says:

    Homemade Pizza with personalized toppings on each section is my current go-to.

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    Melody Gleed says:

    I have a quick applesauce BBQ that is quick & tasty. But I always keep some of OBB chicken taqitos. In the freezer for emergencies.

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    Emily B. says:

    Homemade pizza is always a winner!!

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    erin says:

    love the idea that the menu is already put together! How fun!!

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    Lisa Rangel says:

    Well, I lived in Cancun Mexico for 6 years, and brought back some Mexican flair to Utah. My go to is carnita sopes with a tomatillo/avocado salsa that is to die for!!!

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    It depends on the gathering and the time of year. Usually grilling out, some sort of pasta dish, or chili or soup with all the fixin’s!

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    Elaine says:

    We always seem to have a large group, such as “Empty Nester’s” and our turn is usually in November so we have a variety of soups. Everyone brings delicious autumn desserts, drinks, bread and salad to round out the meal.

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    April C says:

    Go to? Grilled chicken ceaser salad! The book looks amazing- I want!!! :)

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    Carrie says:

    I often make chicken enchiladas or stuffed shells.

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    Brittany says:

    Homemade spaghetti is a quick and easy crowd pleaser.

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    Libby Robinson says:

    Usually it is spaghetti and meatballs or lasagna. But those fajitas look fantastic!

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    Mindy Tillack says:

    My go to is usually chicken enchiladas. They’re quick, easy and super yummy!

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    Rebecca V. says:

    I always do your Tomato Artichoke Pasta or anything in the crock pot. Something that is easy, quick, and I can do with little bodies constantly pulling on my legs.

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    Shawna says:

    My most requested meal for company is chicken pot pie.

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    Dusti Casimir says:

    My go to recipes when company is coming over is a nice pot roast with a simple desert usually a cheese cake or icecream.

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    Season says:

    When the temp is cool outside I have this great Italian soup that I served with chili French bread and when it’s warm Souvlakia with salad, pita bread and lemon rice. All these recipes were tried and tested then passed down from my family (who is usually my company) so it’s works out pretty well for us.

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    cindy silva says:

    Cheese enchiladas or spaghetti

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    Julie says:

    I have this bad habit of trying something new whenever we have guests. Makes me a little crazy sometimes, but it all usually turns out great. One thing I like making for guests is pork tenderloin–I have a mustard crusted recipe from Cooking Light that I love.

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    Jennifer says:

    My go to meal is pork roast, sour cream and chives mashed potatoes, strawberry and spinach salad with lemon poppyseed dressing, green beans and chocolate cream pie.

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    Elizabeth says:

    Tri-Tip, ribs, and pasta salad with homemade rolls or french bread!

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