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Easy Dinner Party Ideas for Five?

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Easy Dinner Party Ideas for Five?

LisainCali | Jan 8, 2011 07:20 PM

I'm crabby. I've been a bit hoodwinked into hosting a dinner party the evening before I am leaving for a 12 day cruise. The long story doesn't matter really, because I will still be crabby and will not want to work too hard. I need to pack - no big deal, BUT will have to clean the kitchen after they leave. I can't possibly leave things soaking for 2 weeks!

Plus, my hubby is not here...so there will be 5 of us.

Do you have any suggestions for a knockout main dish that is easy and can be prepared in advance? I was going to serve Marcella Hazan's lasagna, but won't have time to babysit the sauce. I am thinking of purchasing bolognese from a local restaurant, along with pre-ground parmesan and homemade bechemal...Quick noodles a 'la Cooks Illustrated 'no boil' noodle tips.

I'm feeling guilty. Any suggestions?

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