Q: I am looking for some advice on planning a unique menu. My family is renting a houseboat for a weekend to celebrate my mom's 60th birthday; there will be about 10 people on the boat. I am in charge of the food and I'm having difficulty trying to plan a menu for the weekend. The kitchen is essentially what you would expect in a small apartment.
The kitchen has an oven, a refrigerator/freezer, a sink and a range. There is also a grill on the deck. Ideally I would love to be able to prep the ingredients beforehand and do as little cooking as possible on the actual boat.
Typically I would turn to burgers and brats on the grill, but I would like to make it a little nicer as it is such an important day for my mother. I really want to make it special, but I also don't want to get bogged down in the kitchen as I would not be able to enjoy time with my family.
I am turning to you and the Kitchn community for help, does anyone have any ideas?
Sent by Brian
Editor: Brian, wow, that sounds like fun! If you would like to grill, why not do something a little more upscale (but still easy!) like a pork tenderloin? Here's a full summer menu that includes pork tenderloin:
• A Grilled Summer Menu of Herbed Pork, Tender Ravioli, and Garden Greens
For dessert, what about the pie pictured above? You can prep everything ahead of time (whipped filling, strawberries, crust) and then just assemble it before dinner. Very easy!
• Strawberry Tart with Rich Mascarpone Cream, Dark Chocolate Bits, and a Toasted Oatmeal Shortbread Crust (Plus Ganache)
Readers, what would you suggest for Brian's party menu?
Related: Good Question: Dinner Party Menu for Ten?
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