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.
Lee Clayton Roper


I’m Lee Clayton Roper, and I’m passionate about making cooking and entertaining easy, elegant and fun. Here you’ll find scrumptious recipes, helpful tips and seasonal menus that will spark inspiration in your kitchen!
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