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On Monday night, I am going to a potluck. It will be a fairly small affair, 8-10 people - my Old Icelandic prof and his wife are hosting it, and there are only eight students in the class, so it's not going to be crazy party time or anything.
My prof is providing the main course (as yet unknown), and a pavlova for dessert. Us students have been asked to provide "a pre-dinner snack or light dessert type."
What should I make to impress my colleagues, dazzle my prof, and delight my own tastebuds? I don't have any cookbooks in my little apartment here, and googling "awesome appetizers" is kind of needle-in-haystack. Does anyone have any personal recommendations for delicious foods?
I have a full kitchen, a pretty good array of cooking utensils, and there are big grocery stores in town that would probably have anything I might need in terms of ingredients. Nobody involved is allergic to anything, though one person does strongly dislike mushrooms. I would describe my current cooking skill level as intermediate - I make a great risotto, I'm pretty comfortable with baking cookies and muffins, the only thing I'm really weak on is meat (I'm always afraid of undercooking it and dying). Trying to construct some multilayered phyllo pastry confection of Byzantine complexity might be a bit beyond me, but pretty much anything else is fair game. Also, super bonus points if the food is in any way Icelandic/Viking/Scandinavian, provided it is also delicious - I'm sure I could theoretically find an obscure little shop that sells pre-soaked lutefisk, but I don't think anyone would actually want to eat it.
tl;dr - going to a potluck at my Icelandic professor's house, give me ideas for awesome (optionally Scandinavian) appetizers or light desserts!
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