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You have a new home — or a much-loved one you’ve lived in for a while — and you want to show it off, so you decide to have a dinner party for a few friends. You plan a menu, invite your guests, do the necessary housecleaning…and spend most of the evening in the kitchen fixing dinner instead of relaxing and visiting with your guests. With some do-ahead recipes, you can focus on the people instead of the food and feel less exhausted when the evening is over.
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