One of my favorite desserts to make for a Spring party is Eton Mess. It’s an old-fashioned English dessert of berries, whipped cream, and crushed store-bought meringues - all layered into tall dessert glasses. It's so much fun to eat and is always a big hit with adults and kids. And happily, it takes barely any time at all to make! Even better, it happens to be gluten-free, so it's a dessert (almost) everyone can enjoy!!
Sometimes the hardest thing about a throwing a party is just planning the menu! You want delicious dishes that you can prepare without a total kitchen meltdown (we’ve all had them!) but still wow your guests. This time of year, I start with a list of Spring ingredients that are popping up in stores everywhere – little radishes, baby lettuces, asparagus, and rhubarb.
When I have a holiday party, instead of putting the food directly on the table, I like to set up a buffet nearby and let everyone help themselves. That way no one has to pass around heavy platters of food and the table isn’t crowded with half-eaten serving dishes. When I’ve gone to the trouble of setting a pretty table, I want it to stay pretty!!
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Unfortunately, if you chill the dough for too long and then try to bring it to a temperature where you can roll it out, the outside will be too soft and the center will be too hard. What you can do, though, is roll out the dough, cut out the cookies, and then refrigerate or freeze them until you have time to bake.
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