This hearty midwinter's meal showcases the bounty of the season and pairs especially well with a crackling fire.
The sign of a successful dinner party isn't necessarily a scraped-clean plate. Rather, it's the unapologetic lingering that follows a satisfying meal—the warm, fuzzy, let's-stay-a-little-longer glow that stems from good conversation (and, okay, good wine). Consider this casually elegant four-course menu a delicious backdrop for just that.
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Red and green? So predictable. Create a rustic wonderland with this understated palette of gold, brown, and cream, which allows
the rich texture of a cypress topiary and birch candle pillars to take center stage.
For an easy centerpiece, chisel a shallow cavity into a birch log. Insert a pillar candle into the indentation, and wrap with twigs and moss to finish the earthy look.
Think of this silky, golden puree as a canvas for any garnish, such as a swirl of sour cream spiked with lime, chipotle powder,
and fresh cilantro leaves.
For a more pungent flavor in this classic salad, use gorngonzola cheese.
Roast the vegetables before the pork roast. Then, put them back in the oven to reheat while the pork rests.
Be sure to ask your butcher to cut out the chine bone and to french the rib rack for easy carving and an elegant presentation.
For this earthy salad, make sure to use wild rice, not a blend, to get a nice chewy texture.
This impressive dessert isn't difficult, but do plan ahead. Preheat the oven, and just before sitting down to dinner, pop
the soufflés in. When done, serve them all puffed up and gorgeous.
1. Rustic cable sweaters, $69; llbean.com
2. Anna Weatherly mushroom hors d'oeuvre plates, $294; devinecorp.net
3. Brown sugar eau de parfum, $80; fresh.com
4. Alpaca fringed throw, $248; pendleton-usa.com
5. Hudson Baby Bourbon whiskey, $40; tuthilltown.com
6. Cole Haan Cora wedge boot, $398; zappos.com
7. Winter wrap, $328; jcrew.com
8. Lemon cypress topiary, $13; leafnpetal.com
9. Mauviel M'Heritage copper butter melters, $81/each; surlatable.com
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