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’ve provided recipes, menu advice and cooking tips to friends seeking uncomplicated and delicious ideas for home entertaining.

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