We have a gathering of 10-12 on a weeknight next week for dinner and conversation. I need to prepare relatively easy and light, but of course chowishly good. Past standard has been soup and salad (which is still a good choice-just something original i.e. not vegetable soup). I've done gumbo (Thanks, Chuck T) and coq au vin (both are too time consuming to do this time).
It has to be relatively quick or prepare ahead on Sunday since it's a weeknight. I would prefer a one dish + salad... I would love for it to reference spring time somehow (even though our spring veggies are hard to find and expensive).