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It seems that as soon as fall arrives we are bombarded with holiday get togethers and parties we must attend straight through until Valentine's Day. But what about all those people we spend the rest of the year with, friends and family that we really love spending time with? How do you make time to continue to see those people in the midst of the holiday frenzy? My suggestion … invite them over for an easy weekday dinner of Cauliflower + Butternut Squash Soup to warm up your body, soul and spirit.
Call it a belated Friendsgiving, Holiday with the Neighbors or a Potluck Gathering, whatever you please, just keep the menu simple so no one is stressed out over cooking numerous courses. Set a lovely table with a clean linen tablecloth, wood slab chargers and fresh boxwood clippings and in the center, a floral centerpiece filled with a mixed bouquet from the market and clippings from your backyard – perfect for lingering around deep in conversation until the last drop of wine is gone.
A pop of color from the flowers is all you really need. Let the rest of the table remain neutral in its overall feel and let the toasted butternut squash bring the color to each placesetting.
If you have been reading my articles here, or had the chance to take a peek at my book An Appealing Plan – A Year of Everyday Celebrations, you know I love to add a touch of nature to all my tables and this table is no different. The clean white Lenox Lions Head Soup Bowls look regal but approachable on top of the wood slab chargers and the Design Imports feather detailed napkins continue the nature theme through the setting.
Enjoy these private moments with close friends as they are a reminder of what we are truly thankful for.
NOTE: This recipe makes a large batch for entertaining; however, excess can be refrigerated up to 2 days or placed in the freezer to be served at a later date.