In the fall, as the leaves turn and temperatures cool, our appetites turn from light summer fare toward cozier meals to keep us warm. In Colorado, when our weather turns brisk but it’s a bit too soon to hit the ski slopes, there’s a sweet spot between seasons that’s ideal for welcoming friends and family into our homes for autumn entertaining. I like to treat my guests to a comforting, seasonally inspired meal. Many of the traditional flavors of fall are reflected in this cozy, elegant menu that starts with an earthy Mushroom Paté and ends with an impressive, flavorful Pear Kuchen. And, as always with our recipes, the majority of the dishes can be made ahead of time. Enjoy!

Mushroom Paté (p. 20, Fresh Tastes)
Apple, Walnut and Stilton Cheese Salad (p. 76, Fresh Tastes)
Asian Pork Tenderloin (p. 139, Fresh Tastes)
Lemon-Dijon Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots (p. 208, Fresh Tastes)
Saffron-Cilantro Rice (p. 216, Fresh Tastes)
Pear Kuchen (p. 244, Fresh Tastes)

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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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