Ahh, it's the long weekend and then life gets back to "normal," as they say. Kids go back to school, adults get down to business and the air starts to crisp and the days shorten.
And after a summer of not cooking, I am ready for a season full of entertaining friends, families and neighbours.
Small Parties: More Than 100 Recipes for Intimate Gatherings by Marguerite Marceau Henderson is way more than just a collection of recipes. Marguerite who is Italian and French Canadian says that her "heritage requires me to be a good cook and expert entertainer. It is in the genes. It is my culinary heritage." That may be, but she has honed the skill that is vital as a host and that is to stay relaxed and calm. She writes that this is what gets you through - that and being prepared - and she's right. Remember your first dinner parties where you are running around for 12 hours and the party comes and goes and you didn't relax or talk with your guests at all?
Marguerite's guiding voice throughout the pages will give you all that you need to have a successful party whether you're doing a casual buffet or sit-down elegant dinner. And here's the best part - she gives you not only the occasion, but the entire menu from appetizer to main to dessert for each event. This immense time-saver is worth getting the book alone - she's laid out the event and the menu for you, now all you have to do is prepare the food. All that hard work and immense time that it takes to figure out the menu has been taken care of. Marguerite, where have you been all of my life?!
Whether you're planning a Weekend in the Mountains for 6, Bridal Party Luncheon for 8-10, Girls' Night In for 10, Labour Day Fete on the Patio for 10 or Autumn Harvest Feast for 8, Marguerite has got the perfect menu laid out for you.
Get your own small party guide now and never be at a loss for what to make or how much again.