At times of extraordinary stress, it’s even more important to reach out to friends and invite them for dinner. I love giving parties, but who wants to spend the whole day cooking? I just want to see my friends and make them a really delicious meal! This is actually one of my favorite fall menus with tips for prepping it ahead.
And, of course, every great dinner party needs a special soundtrack! My new "Ina's Dinner Party" playlist on Apple Music, Pandora, and Spotify has lots of favorites, so you can listen to Louis Armstrong with cocktails, Pink Martini with dinner, and The Temptations with coffee and dessert.
I hope you love it!!
What's on the Menu:
Whiskey Sours - Assemble early in the day and refrigerate.
Butternut Squash and Apple Soup - Make up to 3 days ahead and refrigerate. Reheat before serving.
Rack of Lamb - Assemble early and refrigerate; roast the lamb before dinner.
Orzo with Roasted Vegetables - Roast the vegetables, cook the orzo, and make the dressing a few hours ahead. Assemble the dish and allow it to sit at room temperature. Serve at room temperature.
Easy Cranberry and Apple Cake - Bake early in the day - it's really easy! - and allow to sit at room temperature.
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