i need some brainstorms from you brilliant people. i'm throwing a fairly casual dinner party on sunday night for eight people, no dietary restrictions except a random allergy to eggplant. I'm aiming for simple showstoppers - I'm thinking roast chicken, homemade potato chips, and some other sort of vegetable side... but I'm not entirely sure. Ideas? Any great, classic dinner party menus that you've pulled together? I have all day to cook, but I'd prefer it to be a shorter rather than longer cooking process.
Also, what vegetables are ideal right around this time of year?