Brrr! It is so cold here in Brooklyn.
One of the (very few) upsides of winter is that it's perfect for hosting dinner parties. What could be better than spending a long, leisurely evening in someone's warm, candle-lit home, sharing a cozy meal? Sure, you've still got to put on boots and a coat to get there but I think the trade off is usually worth it. Or, if you'd rather pad around in your bare feet, you could play host yourself and invite your friends over to your place. Either way, it's a win-win. Here are a few filling menu ideas perfect for winter entertaining.
18 winter salads (roasted beets with citrus and feta, eggs Benedict salad) [via Bon Appetit]
Creamy baked potato soup [via Smitten Kitchen]
Butternut squash and sweet potato soup [via Bella Eats]
A smart method for slow roast duck [via Food 52]
If you've got some time on your hands, here's a seven-hour leg of lamb [via Saveur]
Hearty vegetarian entrees (carrot mac and cheese, veggie potpies) [via F&W]
Risotto for beginners [via Good. Food. Stories]
Zuni Cafe's chard and onion panade (and some thoughts on dinner party-throwing) [via Wednesday Chef]