Even veteran cooks get the jitters when it comes to playing host. Now Rick Rodgers applies his foolproof technique to parties large and small, making get-togethers with family and friends simplicity itself. In Celebrations 101, you’ll find twenty menus and more than one hundred recipes for entertaining with pain-free panache. Rodgers makes it a breeze to throw parties throughout the year:
Spice up Mardi Gras with Warm Red Bean and Andouille Dip and a Sweet Potato King Cake
Kick off the New Year with Baked Ham and Pineapple Chutney Glaze; Yam and Yukon Gold Potato Salad with Mint; and Five-Spice Hot Apple Cider
Wow Mom on Mother’s Day with Baked Marscapone-Stuffed French Toast and Berry-Maple Compote
Savor a summer evening with an alfresco supper of Pork Tenderloin Tonnato; Rice, Cherry Tomato, and Basil Salad; and Lemon Mousse and Blueberry Parfait
Make your Thanksgiving unique with Sherried Crab Bisque, Herbed Turkey Breasts with Cranberry-Merlot Sauce, and Pumpkin Tart with Hazelnut
Prepare a traditional Italian Christmas Eve dinner of Seafood Salad and Veal and Ricotta Lasagna, finished off with a mouthwatering Pear Zuppa Inglese
Celebrations 101 also features Rick’s signature timetables and shopping lists, your blueprint for truly stress-free, no-fuss feasting. From Easter dinner or a Passover Seder to elegant cocktail parties and a Christmas Cookie Swap, here are dozens of recipes for memorable events that cooks will enjoy as much as their guests.