What to Feed Houseguests: A Few Tips and 10 Stress-Free Recipes

What to Feed Houseguests: A Few Tips and 10 Stress-Free Recipes

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Megan Gordon
Jul 24, 2012
My boyfriend and I have spent a good portion of July traveling and visiting family — in short, being other people's houseguests. Then last week, my boyfriend's mother came to visit for a week, and we have Bay Area friends coming into town this evening. I love having visitors, but I always worry a little too much about what to feed them. So when Sam's mom came to town, I decided to put together a list of great recipes that are nice to have around for snacking and easy meals. Everyone has different tastes and preferences and you can't please them all. But I do find that having a few good homemade snacks around and a jar of good granola is always appreciated. In the summer, iced tea is a must and having good coffee and half-and-half on hand is of utmost importance. A few substantial green salads and an easy taco recipe are great, too. We ended up going out to eat a few times, Sam's mom made taco salad one night, and I made turkey meatballs and a simple pasta towards the end of the week. We had granola and yogurt in the mornings and packed sandwiches to keep us going thoughout the day. So it all worked out! What do you like having around for houseguests? Try a Recipe:The Awesome-est Blueberry Muffins, via Pioneer Woman Cooks • Coconut Granola with Cashews and Cranberries, via Poetic Appetite • Herbal Sun Tea, via Martha Stewart • Grilled Chicken Salad, via Cooking Light • Cobb Salad, via Simply Recipes • Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos, via Real Simple • Wild Rice Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Lemon Tahini, via David Lebovitz • Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies, via Amateur Gourmet • The Baked Brownie, via Brown-Eyed Baker • Popcorn Trail Mix, via Good Life Eats Related:Stock-up: Supplies for Making Houseguests Feel at HomeWowing By Presentation: 10 Eye-Catching Dishes To Impress Your GuestsIt Looks Hard But It Isn't: 15 More Dishes To Impress Your Guests (Images: 1. Martha Stewart; 2. Kan Kanbayashi for Real Simple; 3. Good Life Eats ; 4. Brown Eyed Baker)
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