So on Tuesday was the long-awaited American Dinner here in Paraguay. Thanks to all who posted ideas and suggestions on my original post of what I should cook! All in all, the night was a success – unless you ask my back, which might have had to disagree!
I left the office early in the day to find some remaining ingredients, that I was unable to find in Casa Rica on Sunday, and headed home to let the preparations begin! After about 6-7 hours of slicing, dicing, and cooking, here is what I ended up with:
- Baked Macaroni and Cheese
- Sliders + cheese, tomato, buns
- Chicken Fingers (very strange to translate this food for Hispano-hablantes!)
- French Fries
- Peanut Butter and Jelly finger sandwiches
- Homemade Honey Mustard
- Homemade Ranch, (thanks to Laura’s mixing skills!)
Now most things were relatively easy to make. However, not knowing the proper measurements (i.e. metrics system and grams, vs U.S. system,) and not having temperature settings for the stove or oven made it a little bit more difficult. That, and the fact that I had to buy substitute ingredients for many of the things I needed as they simply don’t sell them here, (i.e. Cocoa Powder like I’m used to back home, or Sour Cream, etc.) BUT – I have to admit, I did a pretty damn good job cooking for 12, and everyone seemed to be please and satisfied at the end of the meal, asking for another Cena Americana…don’t think that will be happening anytime in the near future (or next 4 months!) but it was nice to know they enjoyed it!