Food52's Managing Editor Brette Warshaw is throwing no-stress weeknight parties for anyone, anytime, and (almost) every kitchen. You're invited. Today: A new way to prep for the holidays: a decidedly normal dinner, for whenever you need it. I'm a big fan of excess. I am the girl that's still eating as Thanksgiving dinner comes to a close, and making latkes when everyone's moaning dayeinu. I order the most desserts; I eat the most cheese. I'm snacking on a ramekin of cookie dough as I write this article.
But, when the loose term "holidays" stretches across two whole months — and when "dinner" means roasts and pies and cookies and cake — sometimes, on a random Monday, you need a break. You need stuff that makes you feel good, stuff that isn't straight cookie dough or punch. So, invite your friends over for a virtuous dinner — or feed your out-of-town guests this when they just need to feel normal. The excess will come again tomorrow — and you'll be ready.
Bagna Cauda Salad
One Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf
Aromatic Poached Salmon with Rye and Caper Breadcrumbs
Rum-Spiked Roasted Caramelized Mango
The night before: Make the salad dressing for your Bagna Cauda Salad, and the breadcrumbs for your salmon. Finish your caramelized mango; you'll warm it right before serving.
This article originally appeared on Food52.com: The Detox, Anti-Holiday Party