Yesterday, I had a few friends over for a casual dinner and a couple glasses (bottles?) of wine. My go-to for easy, reliable, “guest-worthy” recipes? Anything by Ina Garten, cookbook queen and author of the Barefoot Contessa series. Her recipes are elegant (yes, I still want my dinner guests—even close friends—to think I’m fancy), yet homey and hearty. They’re crowd-pleasers.
So I made Ms. Garten’s spring green risotto with leeks, fennel, green peas, and asparagus. It was the perfect dish for a summertime dinner party—rich enough to feel like a “special occasion” (thanks, mascarpone!), yet fresh enough to feel appropriate in the hotter months. Check out the Barefoot Contessa website for the full recipe.
I also served a light arugula salad with chopped homemade pickles (more on those later), warm farm-to-market bread, and more wine.