Spring dinner party (recipes)

Recently, we hosted a dinner party and served a lovely (IMHO) variety of spring foods, including spring lamb stew with baby artichokes, Bibb lettuce and parsley salad with anchovy dressing, both after a white bean and sautéed greens crostini appetizer. For dessert, I served a tray of local cheeses including a very ripe Mt. Tam

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Sunday Supper: Easy Cassoulet with beans and duck confit

Cassoulet does not need to be difficult to taste great. Starting with a recipe from Tante Marie’s Cooking School Cookbook, I have developed a Cassoulet recipe that I dare say, is easy! Mind you, it will take a while, good things always do, but if you go slowly, don’t rush the recipe and give yourself

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Dinner Party: New New Mexican Fiesta

EnchiladasMy husband grew up in Los Alamos, NM, so when we host dinner parties, we often go straight to New Mexican fare, as it lends itself well to groups and gives my husband a chance to shine in the kitchen. Over the years, our menu has evolved and we have put a California/Tex-Mex spin to

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Dinner Party: Potato, Green Bean and Pesto Pasta Salad

Grilled peppersMy college friend Laura was in town last week and came over for dinner with her two boys. I served a summer dinner, taking advantage of much of my CSA produce (potatoes, basil, peppers, romaine lettuce, zucchini, and carrots). We started with an appetizer of peppers, sautéed quickly in olive oil, until blistery and

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