This weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer, when spur-of-the-moment gatherings and outdoor parties reign! Don’t shy away from a casual gathering just because you haven’t planned … you can throw a party together in 30 to 45 minutes, tops! Here’s how:

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We must be nuts.

We just got back from vacation, and we’ve invited friends for dinner. The fridge is empty, the pantry is a mere whisper of its former self, and we’re nursing a dog that got mauled at the kennel.

Still, we’ve called our friends (and their kids) for an impromptu dinner.

“Are we nuts?” the husband asks.

I guess. But we love, love, love spur-of-the-moment entertaining:

  • Fire up the grill;
  • Crack open some wine (we’re dying to sample the bottles we brought back from North Carolina);
  • Watch the sun set as we eat on the porch.

Thanks to the garden, our vacation catch and a quick trip to the market for berries and stone fruit, the party is ready in 30 (okay, 45) minutes.

We may be nuts, but dinner was great! Here’s how you can do it, too:

The 30- (okay, 45-) Minute Dinner Party

Wahoo steaks topped with a lemon-herb sauce that does double duty as a topping for grilled potatoes. Wahoo steaks topped…

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