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This week we had good friends over for a fun fall meal with rack of lamb as the main course.


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Mr GQ made the lamb and we served it on this great pumpkin platter (old from William Sonoma). This is an excellent entree for a dinner party as it can be assembled way before the guests arrive and then popped in the oven 30 minutes before you want to eat.


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For an appetizer I made these easy and tasty one ingredient cheese appetizers. I made them the day before the dinner and kept them under a glass dome until the guests arrived.


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For a side I made the Barefoot Contessa’s orzo with roasted vegetables. I made it the morning of the dinner and I finished it with cheese, basil and scallions right before serving.


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In addition I served roasted Roma tomatoes. I roasted the tomatoes for two hours right before dinner.


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For the table I used a tan cloth as the under layer. Over that I placed a yellow, green and blue harvest pattern cloth on an angle for visual interest. I then layered dark brown rattan placemats (from Amazon). The cream plates are from William Sonoma. The napkins are deep olive green from Amazon and the wine glasses are from Crate and Barrel (old). The yellow roses are in a Waterford biscuit jar.


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The meal was delicious and the company was terrific! I love dinners by candlelight especially in the fall when the evenings come sooner. Happy early fall!.

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