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VINAIGRETTE, PLEASE Just whisk, combine and toss to make the breezy Arugula, Corn and Tomato Salad from Peace Meals. (Photo: The Junior League of Houston)
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In the words of one of my favorite authors, Shauna Niequist, “Hospitality is about love, not about performance,” a philosophy I embrace wholeheartedly.
I may not have the time or ability to prepare gourmet meals, but I love to host a good dinner party. And thankfully, so do our friends.
Gatherings in someone’s home feel more intimate, and the conversations are richer. We are able to linger around the table longer in a relaxed atmosphere. Plus, we don’t have to hire a babysitter as long as there’s a Pack ’n Play and an empty room.
Over the years, my friends and I have really learned our way around each other’s kitchens – where to find the wine openers, serving utensils and water glasses. That kind of comfort among friends makes hosting (and cleanup) even easier.
I like to serve homey, unfussy food: a simple appetizer, a hearty main course, a green salad, a delicious side, and a light but satisfying dessert.