It’s old home week here at the Dinner … By Susan household.

Old friends of the husband have come through town, and we’ve hosted dinner parties two of the past three nights.

They bring the wine; we make the food. It’s a pretty nice division of labor.

Except …

Two parties in three days can take its toll (no matter how much wine is involved). That means I’m looking for some tried-and-true, no-fuss menus.

Here are the two that saw us through our celebrations. They’ll serve you well, too!

Party One


Tomato gazpacho

Composed salmon salad

Sugar cookies with dulce de leche

Party Two

Spiced beef tenderloin

Party potatoes

Grilled veggies with parsley sauce

Tarts with lemon curd