Need menu for small dinner party
I apologize if this is a repost -- I don't see my original anywhere.
My wife and I are having a couple over for dinner but we have a few unique limitations.
We haven't fully settled inmto our new house. We don't have a microwave and our oven only partially works. It gets hot eventually but I would guess not over 300 or 350 and I don't have a thermometer. I've only used it for things that are "forgiving". We do have a cooktop, largish foreman grill (3-4 chicken breasts), vegetable steamer, rice cooker, fondue set, cheapy ice cream maker.
My wife is a vegetarian and eats seafood. She doesn't mind cooking separate food for herself but I would prefer if eveyone shared the same meal.
The tastes of our guests are unknown. The husband is Russian and seems to eat small meals. I know he likes chicken, beef, and potatoes. The wife is from California and doesn't seem picky but I've seen her make low-fat substitutions.
They like shrimp and lobster although I don't want to serve lobster for a casual dinner -- I'm afraid it would seem ostentatious.
There will be salad and a desert -- perhaps homemade ice cream or store bought pie.
Some other ideas are:
Shrimp scampi with pasta
Grilled salmon (one of our favorites)
Lime encrusted tilapia (one of our favorite pre-made but might be tricky with the wacky oven).
Steamed veggies (probably asparagus or broccoli).
Fondue -- either oil with shrimp and veggies or cheese with bread (I've never used the fondue set but how hard could it be?)
Any seafood would likely be frozen from Costco although I know a warehouse that has very fresh seafood (well, hours old which is about as fresh as you'll find in central Texas).
I plan to have beer and wine. Maybe sangria? I've never made it but it might be a big hit since we all seem to like sweeter wine anyway.