Even though the holidays are over, Robert and I still want to invite friends and family over for a cosy winter meal. After spending many hours cooking during December, I don’t want to make it an ordeal – just something uncomplicated, that can be made ahead and served buffet style. This menu fits the bill perfectly. I’ve included a “make ahead” game plan to make it even easier. Enjoy!


Make Ahead Game Plan:

  • Up to one month ahead: Prepare and freeze Peppermint Ice Cream and Chocolate Squares.
  • Two days ahead: Prepare Anise Bread. Wrap well and store and room temperature. Can also be frozen.
  • One day ahead: Prepare Hearts of Palm Dip; cover and refrigerate. Make balsamic dressing for salad; refrigerate.
  • Day of dinner: Prepare Seafood Lasagna. Cover and refrigerate. Prepare Roasted Tomatoes for salad (see my tip here); hold at room temperature.

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Hi, I'm Lee.

I am inspired by my mother, Sally’s, love of cooking and entertaining to gather friends and family together over great meals and conversation. In fact, I held my first dinner party at the age of 16. Throughout the years, I haves provided recipes, menu advice and cooking tips to friends seeking uncomplicated and delicious ideas for home entertaining.

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