Okay. I think I've settled on a taco bar. LOL! Yeah, I know, the first one I dismissed.
Thinking about the soups . . . For the split-pea, I'll need a left-over ham bone with lots-o-ham chunks in order to make it the way I usually make it. I'll need cornish hen left-overs (bones and all) for my wild rice soup.
Neither of the DDs were interested in the jambalya. Since they are co-hosting/helping with the cooking I should take their thoughts into consideration.
So, I'm back to a taco bar. I'm thinking that I could pretty much prepare everything on Wednesday, then on Friday just warm and serve.
When I make tacos it's the ground beef with a package seasoning mix. I'll probably do this with about 3lbs. of ground beef. It's quick and easy.
I'd also like to do a chicken taco and a steak with the steak more along the lines of fajitas for variety. Is there a difference in spicing for the meats? Any recipes here would be greatly appreciated.
I'll also serve:
Sauteed onions/peppers (for the fajitas, doing this the day of)
Refried beans (I found a recipe for this on-line) or does anybody have a bean dish recipe? I have a great red-bean & rice recipe, but that's more Cajun style.
Salsa (I have a yummy recipe that I haven't made in a while. If you have a good one, please post.)
Guacamole (doing this the day of, I usually wing it to taste, but recipes would be appreciated.)
Spanish rice -- again, looking for recipes. I've found a few on-line. Can this be prepared on Wednesday to warm up and serve on Friday? Or should I do this the day of?)
Tortillas. Both flour and pre-formed corn crunchy.
Chopped lettuce, raw onion, tomato, jalapeno's, sour cream, grated cheese.
Salad -- either a garden salad or a cucumber salad. Both?
What am I missing?
I'm thinking about 3lbs for each ground beef, chicken, steak, which would come out to about 1/2 lbs. of meat per person . . . Is that enough? Would you add more to one or another meat dish?
P.S. mandycorn -- if you wouldn't mind, please post your pumpkin curry soup recipe just in case I change my mind again.