THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED:  Congrats Stephanie Merrill!

Last week I mentioned that I got to guest blog on America’s Test Kitchen’s Blog, The Feed.  (Click here to see my post!)  I’m a long-time fan of ATK so I was thrilled to be able to test out this new book.    I love the whole concept of the Menu Cookbook, because most of the stress of planning a dinner party comes from figuring out what to serve and then coming up with a plan to bring it to fruition without wanting to collapse by the time your guests actually arrive!  The Menu book makes the whole process seamless.  It’s organized by menus, giving you perfectly planned and proportioned dinner menus with timelines, tips, and tricks on every page.  All the meals include a main dish, a few sides, and a dessert that all go together beautifully.

I prepared the “Fajitas and ‘Ritas” menu.  Y’all know how much I love fajitas!

One of my favorite features is that each menu outlines a “Game Plan,” which is basically like a little personal assistant telling you exactly when and how to do each step.  For example, this particular game plan tells you that the Key Lime Pie can be made a whole day ahead of time.


Also, the drinks, so I juiced a lot of limes that day!

Since I don’t drink alcohol, and there would be children at my dinner party, I made virgin margaritas , which turned out to be delicious and refreshing and a perfect compliment to the meal.

It was like a heavenly glass of a home style lemon-limeaide which everyone gulped down quickly!  It was nice to have it done and chilled a whole day ahead of time.

With those two things checked off my to-do list, the day of my dinner party was pretty simple.  I had some family and friends over and everyone pitched in to help out.  I taught my sweet nieces how to cut avocados and they made the guacamole themselves!

Some people might think you should have every last thing prepared on on the table for a dinner party, but I actually love the process of having people pitch in, one of the best parts of a meal for me is chatting with my friends before the meal when we’re prepping food together.

Along with Fajitas and virgin Margaritas, we also had corn with lime butter, fresh guacamole, and homemade salsa.  So, pretty much my favorite meal ever.

Oh, and to top it off?  That amazing key lime pie.  I could have eaten it all myself, for real.


I would love for one of you readers to get to enjoy this beautiful book as well, so America’s Test Kitchen has given me one to share!

Entry guidelines:  To enter, leave a comment and tell us what your go-to meal is when you have company over.

One comment per person, only comments on this post will count.  Please do not send email or facebook entries.  Giveaway open to US residents.  Winner will be announced in 2 weeks, Monday November 7th.

And if you’re not that patient, go ahead and grab a copy for yourself right now!

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