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Planning An Anniversary In Style

Our years are punctuated by celebrations. When we gather together for special occasions, we should remember the good company, the beautiful setting, and the delicious food. And everyone should have a stress-free day – including the host and hostess.

glassesPLANNING THE MENU. Following the adage that you should never try out a new recipe when cooking for company, we looked through our “recipe file” and prepared some of our readers’ favorite dishes. based on those recipes, we created a seasonal menu that’s simple to prepare and easy to serve-even in the large quantities required to satisfy a crowd. With a selection of country breads, cheeses, olives, and other nibbles purchased from your local gourmet shop or supermarket and the addition of a spiral-cut ham that can be ordered by mail and warmed in your oven on the morning of the

Porch Partyin’

In Louisiana, spring presents the ideal time to dine on the porch, and Vikki and Bryan Colwell take full advantage of the season’s inviting weather – as well as the gardenias, hydrangeas, and agapanthus abloom in their garden – by entertaining outdoors often. The secret to their success is to keep things as simple as possible. For this elegant porch party for six, that meant ordering in food from their favorite restaurant, the Dakota, in Covington, La.

Chefs Kenneth LaCour, Jr. and Kim Kringlie collaborated with the Colwells to plan a menu centered on local specialties: festive icebreakers, a garden-fresh salad, and an abundant seafood buffet featuring crawfish, oysters, shrimp, and blue crabs. The easy-to-prepare entree, Baked Red Snapper, paves the way for a dessert cart filled with classic Southern-style temptations: pecan pie, strawberry shortcake, and decadent pralines.

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