Other fall potlucks include farmers’ market-inspired recipes like Butternut Squash and Cider Herbed Soup and Spiced Apple Pound Cake. An ode to pumpkins touts creative spins such as Pumpkin and Cranberry Chutney and Pumpkin and Sage Lasagna. And a root-vegetable-based soirée features Mashed Root Vegetable Casserole, Chocolate, Orange, and Beet Flourless Cake, and a guide to concocting homemade root beer.
The rest of the seasons get equal representation with delectable cuisine marked by Ashley’s unique culinary style: spring-fresh fare like Pistachio-Crusted Asparagus with Feta Vinaigrette; sumptuous summer recipes such as Crystallized Ginger Stone Fruit Potpie; and festive winter confections like Candied Ginger and Black Pepper Cookies.
The recipes are interwoven with anecdotes and inspirational tidbits as well as cooking tips and tricks. Ashley includes an introductory section that offers advice on being a great host, communicating with guests, and decorating and planning crafts collectively. She arms readers with all they need to pull off a delightful event by enabling everyone to share both the responsibilities and the good times.
Ashley’s desire for her book is to reassure others that hosting a grand get-together doesn’t have to be a daunting task. “My hope is that people will be inspired to throw seasonal potlucks of their own,” she says. “It is such a wonderful way to get all hands on deck. Potlucks are a great way to get started entertaining wherever you are—no matter your resources, age, or location.”
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