Hey guys! I’m super excited about a new series we’re launching today called “Seasonal Menus.” It’s, well, exactly what it sounds like: I’ll be sharing the perfect menus for all kinds of occasions with the simple recipes you’ll need to prepare them  — some that we’ve posted on the blog before and others that are brand new. To kick it off, I’ve created a complete menu (and classic cocktail!) for what could be a pressure-filled occasion: dinner with the in-laws. It should be noted that this menu is also perfect for any other evening when you need to come across as a hostess who’s got her s*** together: dinner with the boss, meeting your boyfriend’s parents, entertaining a client… you get the picture. Click through the slides for the 3-course menu (and a classic cocktail!) Toss in the monogrammed linen napkins stashed in your pantry, swipe on your brightest red lipstick, and you’re ready to roll.

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The Perfect Martini 

We’ve got the step-by-step to making everyone’s favorite cocktail, starting with these key ingredients — Junipero Gin, Cocchi Americano, Regan’s Orange Bitters and a lemon twist.

Get the recipe here.


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Apple Pomegranate Goat Cheese Salad

A simple fall salad that’s bursting with sweet and tart flavors, and takes 5 minutes to toss together.

Get the recipe here.

Pistachio Crusted Salmon with Garlicky Smashed Potatoes 

This salmon is super flavorful, not to mention the addition of garlicky smashed potatoes make it even better. Serve with some sautéed garlic spinach to round out the perfect meal.

Get the recipe here.

Hazelnut & Raspberry Éclairs

These are great made in advance of a party: the unfilled éclairs can be frozen for up to a month. When you’re ready to use, just thaw to room temperature, then slice, fill, and drizzle with ganache!

Get the recipe here.

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Comments (5)
  1. 1
    Jessica Rose September 22, 2015 at 6:08 am

    I don’t currently have in-laws but it’s always worth preparing for the future, I feel. Just.In.Case.

  2. 2
    karin September 22, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    That’s a great idea…love the Martini already!

  3. 3
    Jennifer Rose Smith September 22, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    I am SO excited for this series! Can’t wait to try and prepare an entire meal using one of these menus.

  4. 4
    Cat Rowe September 30, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Need some ideas for a Christmas Eve dinner at my mountain home fir 5 couples. Could be a menu where we are all cooking together in the kitchen. I have a huge kitchen in our cabin, where we all fit comfortably to cook up a great meal. Last year we dud lasagna, meatballs, salad, sausages all from scratch. Great fun especially when it is snowing like crazy outside!

    • Camille Styles October 1, 2015 at 5:34 am

      That sounds amazing! Christmas Eve dinner is on my list. Thanks!