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Spring Celebration Entertaining Menu

There are so many things to celebrate in the spring: Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and birthdays. Or just celebrate the fact that rhubarb, snap peas, and strawberries are in season, and that alone is a reason to have a party. When rhubarb is plentiful, consider making several batches of the glaze and freezing them for future use.

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Crab Dip Tarlets

Crab Dip Tarlets recipe

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This timeline shows you how far in advance food preparation for the menu can take place. Following these tips allows maximum time with your guests and minimum fuss.

Up to 1 month before

  • Prepare rhubarb glaze for pork roast -- step 2 only in recipe. Cool, store in an airtight container, and freeze.
  • Prepare pie dough for baked pastry shell. Wrap well and freeze.

Up to 1 week before dinner

  • Combine marmalade, vinegar, and pepper for snap peas. Cover and refrigerate.

Up to 2 days before dinner

  • Thaw rhubarb glaze in refrigerator.
  • Prepare Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes. Cool, cover, and refrigerate.
  • Cut carrots for Herb Glazed Carrots. Cover and refrigerate.
  • Thaw pie dough in refrigerator.

Up to 1 day before dinner

  • Prepare crap dip for tartlets. Cover and refrigerate.
  • Bake empty pie shell for pie. Cool, wrap, and store at room temperature.

Up to 6 hours before dinner

  • Whip cream for pie serving. Cover and refrigerate.

2 hours before dinner

  • Roast pork according to directions and complete rhubarb portion of recipe.
  • Prepare strawberry pie filling and chill.

40 minutes before dinner

  • Reheat mashed potatoes in microwave at 50 percent power, stirring every 2 minutes until hot.
  • Cook snap peas; add marmalade mixture.
  • Cook carrots with glaze; keep warm.

20 minutes before dinner

  • Fill phyllo cups with crab dip. Heat if desired.
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