Quick and Simple Dinner Party

Sometimes you just want to have an effortless but delicious dinner party!  Here’s what we served this last weekend for a perfect dinner for four:

(This is timed out so you have a hot appetizer and an hour or so of relaxed chit-chat time before dinner.   If you want to serve your dinner sooner, skip the cheesy bread and have a cold appetizer or salad first.)


  • Cheesy Crack Bread


  • Roast Chicken with Potatoes and Sautéed Kale


  • Peach and Raspberry Shortcake



  • 1 loaf of uncut bread for cheese bread (Italian, Ciabatta, sourdough or a soft peasant bread)
  • parsley
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 peaches
  • thick cut bacon
  • 1 onion
  • 2 shallots
  • garlic
  • 4 Yukon gold potatoes
  • 12 oz. shredded cheese (white cheddar and Monterey blend is nice)
  • buttermilk
  • 8 oz. heavy whipping cream
  • butter
  • poppy seeds
  • vanilla beans
  • low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 bunches kale
  • 1 3.5-4.5 lb. chicken (farm raised is best, but just organic is also great)


  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • olive oil
  • Dijon mustard


  • Shortbread – Make this in the morning to get it out-of-the-way.  I added vanilla beans to the sugar and used vanilla extract instead of almond!  They were amazing!
  • Peaches and Raspberries – Cut peaches into slices and mix both with a couple teaspoons of sugar.  Let sit at room temperature for at least 3 hours.
  • Whipped cream – Whip heavy cream in a mixer or with a whisk until almost thickened.   Add 2 tablespoons superfine sugar or powdered sugar and a splash of vanilla.  Continue whipping until thick.   Store in the fridge until ready to serve.
  • Kale with Bacon– Make this a few hours before your guests arrive and warm back up when the chicken is resting.  Sprinkle with the bacon right before serving
  • Roasted Chicken and Potatoes– Prep this an hour and a half before dinner so the chicken can get up to room temperature before going into the oven.   You will pop this in the oven right after the cheese bread comes out.
  • Cheesy Crack Bread– Prep this after you prep the chicken and put it into the oven about 30 minutes before your guests arrive.  That way, you will be able to put a delicious, hot appetizer out with some cold beer while your chicken roasts.

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