Dinner with Friends

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Preparation Timetable

Up to 2 Days before
Baby Greens Salad with Oranges
and Olives

  • Prepare Country-Style Semolina Loaves; store in an airtight container or sealable plastic bags at room temperature.

1 Day before

  • Prepare dressing for Baby Greens Salad with Oranges and Olives; cover and refrigerate.
  • Prepare cake for Festive Jam-and-Cannoli Cake Roll; cover and store rolled in towel at room temperature.
  • Prepare Lamb Shanks with French Green Lentil and Sweet Potato Ragout. Let the mixture cool for 1 hour, then divide it between two large refrigerator containers or 3-quart casseroles. Cover and chill in the refrigerator.

2 Hours before

  • Prepare Lemon-Thyme Mayonnaise; cover and refrigerate.
  • Prepare Cannoli Filling, and assemble cake roll; cover and chill in refrigerator till serving time.
  • Chill wine and champagne.

1 Hour before

  • Remove excess fat from chilled, cooked lamb mixture. Return lamb mixture to a large Dutch oven; reheat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Assemble gourmet chocolates on a serving tray; cover and let stand till serving time.
  • Set the dinner table.

30 Minutes before

  • Assemble Smoked Salmon with Lemon-Thyme Mayonnaise; cover and let stand at room temperature till the appetizer course is served.

20 Minutes before

  • Assemble and broil the Sweet Pear and Cheese Crostini, then serve the appetizers with wine.
  • Toss together the salad and divide among salad plates.
  • Slice the semolina loaves.

Just before Dinner

  • Transfer the lamb shanks and ragout mixture to individual serving bowls.

Just before Dessert

  • Prepare coffee.
  • Cut the cake roll into slices, and transfer to dessert plates; if desired, garnish each serving with chocolate shavings.
  • Bring out the gourmet chocolates.

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